Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week of music, art, and innovation held in Charlottesville each April that converges hundreds of bands, start-ups, artists, and visionaries with the purpose of celebrating creative founding. It's a real opportunity to launch ventures amidst ideas and parties in one of America’s most beautiful and historic small cities.

1. Celebrate Founding

Inspire the next generation of artists, entrepreneurs and civic leaders

2. Connect Resources

Match visionaries with the mentors and the means to create

3. Leave Legacies

Transform the City year round through public art, new businesses, and new ideas


Since 2012, over 120,000 attendees have experienced music, art, innovation, and food programming at Tom Tom.

Michael Mallory at Tom Tom

We recognize the work of local founders and engage with national creators and innovators.

Becca at workshop

We highlight the intersections of art, commerce, and civic leadership and inspire the next generation.

Volunteer at Tom Tom

We are community led. Each year over 400 organizations and 300 volunteers make Tom Tom happen.

Nonprofit pitch, ballet

We connect resources. Over $2,700,000 of grants, awards and investment facilitated.

bus, city as canvas

We leave lasting legacies of creativity that transform public spaces through our City as Canvas project.

Pop Up Parking Spaces

We produce creative stages. Over 270 bands, 225 speakers, and dozens of artists and installations have brought the entire community together.


We help inspire an identity for the region that is creative, entrepreneurial and focused on the future.