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Monthly Meeting (May)

By November 29, 2017
May 1, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The DeFoor Centre
1710 Defoor Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Malenka Warner




The Creative Industries Loan Fund – How the City of Atlanta is supporting our independent content creators and creative entrepreneurs.

The Creative Industries Loan Fund is a joint project between the Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment and the City’s Economic Development Authority, Invest Atlanta. The Fund was created to assist our city’s independent content creators and creative entrepreneurs, offering loan amounts ranging from $5K-$50K with low interest rates and flexible repayment terms. The initiative is designed for local creative entrepreneurs to use for production, post-production, distribution, marketing outreach, touring, prototype development, product development and sales and attraction for their creative projects. There will be an advisory panel featuring Atlanta’s elite representing film, television, finance, legal, and music to help vet applications.

Come join us to learn more about this important local initiative.

Our panelists will include:


Kevin Johnson
CEcD, Senior Vice President, Economic Development with Invest Atlanta

Kevin is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to drive economic growth and development, support relationships with civic, business, governmental and economic development stakeholder constituents. An accomplished President and Vice-President in his Economic Development career, his capabilities have generated significant capital investment and job creation at the St. Joe Company (FL) 2009-2011, Research Triangle Park(NC) 2005-2009, Greater Phoenix(AZ) Economic Council 2002-2005 and High Point(NC) Economic Development Corporation 1992- 2000. Kevin has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Pre-Law from South Carolina State University and earned his Certified Economic Developer designation (CEcD) from IEDC in 1996. He has received numerous professional and community awards.

Christopher Hicks
Senior Advisor to the Atlanta Mayor on Content & Intellectual Property, and oversees the Atlanta Film and Entertainment office

His biography reads like a who’s who list in Hollywood: Mary J. Blige, Usher, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, the collection of entertainment’s leading talent is fascinating. Christopher Hicks is a producer, consultant, entrepreneur, and executive in music and visual content space. Hicks has reached a high level of success over the years by putting in the hard work as a music industry exec holding positions as senior vice president and head of urban music under the Warner Music Group and building his own company, Noontime Publishing, which boasts a catalog of over 30 Billboard No.1 records and over 650 active songs.

Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed tapped Hicks in 2016 to develop the city’s first Creative Industries Loan Fund. “I am an activator and true entrepreneur in the content space,” Hicks said. “The Creative Industries Loan Fund is active money that we plan to award to viable creative projects and once funding gains momentum it will likely have a positive domino effect. We will be leveraging many partnerships in the region with entities that view the City’s Film and Entertainment office as a resource and look to them to give back to help move the mission of the fund forward.”

Come join us to learn more about this important local initiative. REGISTER HERE (space is limited)


“To ensure our city’s creative industries thrive for years and decades to come, we need to support our homegrown artists who are creating the next box office smash, hit music track, or top-rated video game,” said Dr. Eloisa Klementich, President and CEO of Invest Atlanta. “The Creative Industries Loan Fund gives us a new tool to create jobs, retain our top creative talent, and strengthen Atlanta’s reputation as a global entertainment capital.”