Tommy Nichols 2021 year in review

My life work is to give create empowering platforms for dope people to do amazing things - Tommy Nichols, Founder Charlotte Black Film Festival

2021 Year In Review

National Impact

Mr Nichols was hired by the NEA as a consultant to review and recommend grants to recipients across the nations. In 2020 the house and Senate approved a budget of $162 million to the NEA.

National Endowment for the Arts Supports the Arts with over $27.5 Million in Awards in First Round of FY2021 Funding

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is the only arts funder in the United States—public or private—that provides access to the arts in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. jurisdictions. Each year, we award thousands of grants to provide everyone in the United States with diverse opportunities for arts participation.


International Impact


Welcome to the 12th annual Charlotte Black Film Festival. We proudly remain one of the Southeast’s largest gatherings of multi-cultural content producers, thought provokes, and creative innovators.

Our mission is to create economic empowerment for, heighten awareness of, promote the significance and need for African American cinema and be a voice for independent filmmakers of color.

Charlotte Black Film Festival Announces Streaming Platform for African American Creators to Showcase Their Work.


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Get cozy and watch a movie — or 100 — at this year’s Charlotte Black Film Festival

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Panel Discussions and Filmmakers Meet and Greet

Studio Distribution Partnerships

Charlotte Black Film Festival Voted as Best Virtual Event in 2021

State-wide Impact

The inaugural Queen City Arts Festival happened Labor Day weekend on the Boardwalk Saturday, September 4, 2021, to Sunday, September 5, 2021. We Paid over $20,000.00 to 20 artist and staff from artist around North Carolina. Big thanks to our partners, Art and Science Council, University City Partners, North Carolina Arts Council,  and District 4 Councilwomen Renee Johnson. This 2-day event celebrated the best in Art, Culture, Dance, Drumming, Live Music, Spoken Word. We had 24 Vendors who bragged about their success over the two day event

Youth Empowerment



PowerUP USA is the leader in providing art, media, science and technology education to in and out of school youth and low-income adults. We provide on-site training for youth-based organizations, after schools programs, summer camps and consulting services.



State-Wide Impact


Empowering African American content Creator in the Carolinas and beyond.

The Carolina Black Film Collective was started in 2011 as a network for African American creatives in Film, Music, New Media and Technology; to engage in conversations host Film Screenings,  Workshops, Invite Industry leaders,  provide a platform for collaboration, and grow economically in the North and South Carolina.

Film Premiere Partnerships

Mecklenburg County Impact


Our mission is to provide facilities and education that welcome and accommodate individuals to create and submit programming that expresses diverse opinions, talents, activities and interests in the Charlotte metropolitan area through non-commercial open access television.


Tommy Nichols was appointed to the CMPAC board by the Mayor of Charlotte and has been board chair from 2019 to present.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Access Corporation (CMPAC) is a private, non-profit corporation that was incorporated in May of 2000 for the purpose of operating the public access channel (Access 21) on the Spectrum cable system serving Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte.

Regional Impact

Mr Nichols is a co-founding organizing member of IMAS 

Born from a national Independent Media Arts collective created by Sundance Institute and the National Endowment for the Arts, Indie Media Arts South is a regional organization working to support and uplift filmmakers and arts organizations across the greater south.

“Connecting artists across the south”

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