June 29, 2015


Paul Beyer, Director
Tom Tom Founders Festival
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Tom Tom Opens Nominations for 2nd Annual Founding Cville Program

Program honors local founders of business, civic or artistic initiatives on Downtown Banners

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (June 29th, 2015)Nominations are now open through Tom Tom’s website for the 2nd annual ‘Founding Cville’ Program. The Program honors contemporary Charlottesville founders who embody the Jeffersonian spirit of multidisciplinary creativity – be they artists, entrepreneurs, or civic leaders. In collaboration with the Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville, the Founders portraits will hang from the Downtown Banners throughout the month of September.

The public is encouraged to nominate candidates who have  founded or co-founded their project, business, or organization in Charlottesville, and who have provided a positive example for the region through their local, national or global impact.

Nominations can be made through:  Nominations close Wednesday, July 15th at 11:59pm.  

The 2015 Cville Founders will be chosen from the nominees by the 2014 Founding Cville Recipients and the Tom Tom Advisory Board. The selected founders will be honored at an award ceremony during the Tom Tom Fall Block Party on September 25th and 26th at the IX Art Park. Throughout the month of September, the Founder’s portraits will hang from the banners on the Downtown Mall and their profiles will appear on the Tom Tom website. Tom Tom will also feature the Founders in a new public lecture series that will run throughout the year.  

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In fall 2014, the inaugural Founding Cville initiative generated over 120 nominations, with 18 innovators selected. Honorees included established local founders including Bill Crutchfield (Crutchfield) and Jessica Nagle (Look3 Festival of the Photograph & SNL Financial), as well as up and comers like Sara Clayborne (Charlottesville Ballet) and Spencer Ingram (HackCville).  Bios and details on last year’s award recipients and events can be found at

Tom Tom’s Fall Block Party will be held September 25th and 26th at the IX Art Park and will be the Festival’s 4th annual end-of-summer bash. The event will feature award-winning bands, art workshops, local food trucks, craft beer, and family activities. Full schedule will be available at The IX Art Park is located at 963 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902.



Tom Tom Founders Festival is a 501c3 nonprofit that hosts dozens of free events every year in Charlottesville, VA. Its mission is to catalyze the formation of creative, civic, and entrepreneurial ventures. In 2015, Tom Tom had attendance of over 26,600 and showcased 381 community organizations.