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Georgia Production Partnership Presents – The Creative Industries Loan Fund May 1st


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.

Georgia Production Partnership’s May meeting will feature two special guests who will discuss how this new initiative is supporting our independent content creators and creative entrepreneurs.


Tuesday, May 1
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The DeFoor Centre
1710 Defoor Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30318


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
Director of Film and Entertainment, City of Atlanta;
Senior Advisor to the Atlanta Mayor on Content & Intellectual Property
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.


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