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.
We recognize the work of local founders and engage with national creators and innovators.
We highlight the intersections of art, commerce, and civic leadership and inspire the next generation.
We are community led. Each year over 400 organizations and 300 volunteers make Tom Tom happen.
We connect resources. Over $2,700,000 of grants, awards and investment facilitated.
We leave lasting legacies of creativity that transform public spaces through our City as Canvas project.
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.