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Explore the 2018 A3C Conference Schedule & the First 50+ Speakers

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Posted by The Blog Team on Jul 13

The A3C Conference is the best event to network and learn from the innovators, entrepreneurs and music makers that shape hip-hop music and culture. 

Explore the Conference Schedule

Over the 3-days A3C hosts dozens of panels, workshops, mixers, mentor sessions and interviews with hundreds of tastemakers, thought-leaders and industry experts.

A3C will be adding additional panels, sessions, interviews and events over the coming months.

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2018 Conference Speakers

(In Alphabetical Order)

Explore the Full Speaker Lineup

  • 8Ball & MJG (Artists)

  • Abe Batshon (BeatStars, CEO)

  • Alvin Akintimehin (United Entertainment Group, Sr. Account Manager)

  • Amina Diop (The Diop Agency + Republic Records, CEO/ SVP of A&R)

  • Amir Abbassy (EMPIRE, Head of Content)

  • Amy Oraefo, Esq. (Amy Oraefo, P.C., Owner and Managing Attorney)

  • Anno Domini (Anno Domini Nation, CEO)

  • Aura Reyes (The Digital Plug, CEO & Founder)
  • Askia Fountain (Mass Appeal Records, VP of A&R)

  • Asya Shein (Fusicology, President)

  • Bernie Lawrence-Watkins (B. Lawrence Watkins & Associates, PC, Principal Attorney)

  • Beth B. Moore (The Beth B. Moore Law Firm, Entertainment Attorney)

  • Black Metaphor (Black Cloud Music Group, CEO)

  • Brandon 'Jinx' Jenkins (Complex + Tidal, On-Air Host/Producer/Writer/Photographer/DJ)

  • Bryan Calhoun (Pandora, Director)

  • Calvin Hill (Power of Publish, Founder)

  • Caroline Simionescu-Marin (XL Recordings, A&R Manager)

  • CashMoneyAp (CashMoneyAp, President)

  • Cherie Hu (Various, Music-Tech Writer)

  • Chris Atlas (Warner Bros.Records, SVP Marketing/Head of Urban Marketing)

  • Constantin Koehncke (Native Instruments, Director Marketing & Digital Services)

  • Cortez Bryant (Maverick, Manager)

  • DJ Pain 1 (Producer)

  • Dae Bogan (TuneRegistry, Founder & CEO)

  • Daniel Sander (Feature.fm, Head of Market Development)

  • David Ponte (Audiomack, Co-Founder & CMO)

  • Deko (Producer)

  • Dick Huey (Jaxsta, Head of Partnerships)

  • Dina Marto (Twelve Music & Studios, Owner & Founder)

  • Dreamlife (Producer)

  • Dylan Graham (Make Real Listen Real, Owner)

  • Ethiopia Habtemariam (Motown Records, President)

  • Fuse (808 Mafia, VP)

  • Goodie Mob (Artist)

  • Gregory K Burton Jr. (Milk and Cookies Festival, Founder)

  • J. Prince (Rap-A-Lot Records, CEO)

  • James Cruz (Cruz Control Marketing, President)

  • Janee Bolden (BOSSIP/BHM Digital, Managing Editor)

  • Jason Zerden (Stem Disintermedia, Artist Relations)

  • Jesse Flores (Ingrooves Music Group, Sr. Director of Label and Business Development)

  • Jonathan Strauss (Create Music Group, Founder / CEO)

  • Kato On The Track (NastyTrax Music, Founder)

  • Kerry Klassic Intecoo (Managing Partner)

  • Lee Morin, Esq. (MORIN Entertainment Law, Principal & Founder)

  • Lerae Funderburg (Funderburg Law, Managing Partner)

  • Lola Plaku (Lola Media Group, CEO/Owner)

  • Malita the Mogul (Mogul Mentality, Founder/CEO)

  • Marcus Cobb (Jammber, CEO)

  • Marcus Hollinger (Reach Records, VP of Marketing)

  • Mike & Keys (Producers)

  • Mike Boyd (VaynerMedia, Head of Music Partnerships & Artist Relations for Gary Vaynerchuk)

  • Nick Merich (Songlink, Co-Founder)

  • Nicole Johnson (Pandora, Industry Relations/Artist Marketing)

  • OG Parker (Producer)

  • Orlando McGhee (Roc Nation, SVP of A&R)

  • Philip Kaplan (DistroKid, CEO)

  • Phylicia Fant (Warner Bros. Records, SVP Media & Special Projects)

  • RZA (Producer/Director/Writer)

  • Rock Trembath (LANDR, Global Marketing Director)

  • Rodney Carmichael (NPR, Hip-Hop Journalist)

  • Ryan Leslie (SuperPhone, CEO and CoFounder)

  • Ryan Wilson (The Gathering Spot, CEO/Co-Founder)

  • Saji Girvan (Plug, Co-Founder + CEO)

  • Sheoyki Jones (Invest Atlanta, Program Manager of Creative Industries)

  • Smitti Boi (Live Rich Music, Producer)

  • Steve Stoute (United Masters + Translation, Founder and CEO)

  • The Cratez (Producer)

  • Thomas D. McLeod (Omni, CEO and Founder)

  • Timothy "timmhotep aku" Cornwall (Pitchfork, Senior Editor)

  • Uwonda Carter Scott (The Carter Law Firm, PC, Attorney/Owner)

  • Vickie Nauman (CrossBorderWorks, Founder)

  • Wayne Hampton (Create Music Group, Co-Founder/Chief Business Development Officer)

  • Yoh Phillips (DJBooth, Senior Writer)

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    2018 Companies Represented

Record Labels: Mass Appeal Records, Motown Records, Rap-A-Lot Records, Reach Records, Republic Records, Roc Nation, Warner Bros Records, XL Recordings & EMPIRE

Tech: LANDR, Stem, BeatStars, Jammber, Jaxsta, Omni, Songlink, Laylo, Feature.fm, SuperPhone, Plug, Tidal, Audiomack, DistroKid, Pandora, TuneRegistry, Plug, Songlink, United Masters, Ingrooves Music Group & Native Instruments

Media: Pitchfork, VaynerMedia, BOSSIP, DJBooth, Fusicology, Complex & NPR

Music Industry + more: Translation, Maverick, Intecoo, United Entertainment Group, The Gathering Spot, Translation, Twelve Music & Studios, CrossBorderWorks, Mike and Cookies Festival, Create Music Group, NastyTrax Music & Cruz Control Marketing


Conference Tracks

Artist Accelerator

Artists & Managers

Artists connect with music industry innovators and icons to learn tips, trends and tools needed to take their career to the next level. 

Beatstars Summit

Producers & Beatmakers


Music producers network with peers and experiment with the newest hardware, software and technology. 


Record Labels & Music Companies

Record labels and music companies on the forefront of the music industry connect to discuss tech, trends and cultivate growth. 


Music Tech

Startups & Entrepreneurs

Meet innovators and discover disruptive technology impacting how music makers share, create, market and monetize music.



Founded in 2005, the A3C Festival & Conference has grown from a local showcase to become one of the largest annual gatherings for the hip-hop community reaching more than 35K people over 5-days. More than 1,000 artists, producers and DJs will perform in Atlanta between October 3-7, 2018 for the 14th annual A3C Festival & Conference.

The A3C Festival is a 2-day hip-hop festival in downtown Atlanta at the GA Freight Depot from Sat, Oct 6 - Sun, Oct 7. The A3C Festival features 3 stages with dozens of performances, food trucks, live art and much more. It's a breeding ground for the next generation of stars while honoring the legends and trailblazers of hip-hop.

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The A3C Conference is the premier event to network and learn from the innovators, entrepreneurs and music makers that shape hip-hop music and culture. A3C hosts dozens of panels, workshops, mixers, mentor sessions and interviews with hundreds of tastemakers, thought-leaders and industry experts.

Creator Complex: Fri, Oct 5
The Creator Complex is a one day experience that connects artists and producers with creative professionals to create valuable digital assets for free.

Action Summit: Thur, Oct 4 - Fri, Oct 5
The Action Summit for Social Justice connects activists, academics and artists to discuss social justice challenges, learn from community leaders and develop actionable initiatives.

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