SoundCorps is dedicated to growing the music economy in the Chattanooga region. We devote our energies to building local music industry infrastructure and professional expertise through ongoing programs, events and initiatives. These efforts translate into increased opportunities to experience Chattanooga music. SoundCorps is a 501c3 nonprofit organization established in 2015.
Our vision is to re-establish Chattanooga as a music mecca with a healthily growing cultural economy. Success for us means Chattanooga has more music venues, sound recording studios, record labels, record stores, retail outlets, music industry professional services firms and more.
We help our music industry…
- Learn growth strategies from established music industry professionals
- Access business development resources to work smarter
- Connect with potential collaborators in the local music industry
- Elevate their voices on issues that affect their businesses
We help Chattanooga music enthusiasts…
- Navigate our vibrant music community via our online directory
- Embrace Chattanooga’s music history and build our legacy today
- Interface with Chattanooga’s music community more frequently
Click here to read our public statement on cultural equity and nondiscrimination.
Who We Are
Executive Director, Stratton Tingle
Stratton Tingle is a Chattanooga musician, filmmaker, and business leader. After graduating summa cum laude with a B.S. in Film Production, he cultivated a love for international travel and cultural experience while exploring almost every continent as a freelance filmmaker/videographer.
Tingle began a nonprofit business career at the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce at the same time he decided to focus on music production and performance with various projects including nationally-renowned Prophets & Kings, soCro, Warsaw and Kindora.
In early 2015, Tingle became Executive Director of SoundCorps, a startup nonprofit dedicated to building Chattanooga's music economy. Outside of work and musical performance, Tingle enjoys road cycling, tubing on the Ocoee, catching a CSO performance and occassionally maintaining his signature dreadlocked hairstyle.
SoundCorps is governed by a board of directors comprising:
- Monica Kinsey, Caravan Tribe (Chair)
- Reed Bobo, Market Street Partners (Treasurer)
- Lew Card, artist
- Xavier Cotto, TVA and Xceed Events
- Donna "Elle" Harrison, Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Kinnawa Kaitibi, City of Chattanooga
- Sammy Lowdermilk, The Enterprise Center and Tha Milk Drop
- Steve O'Neil, Consensus Energy
- Daniel Barber, Elliott Davis
- Scott Bruce, Trident Transport
- Tish Calitz, AirNet
- Tia Capps, Independent Writer and Media Consultant
- Jesse Hutchison, Vayner Media
- Shane Morrow, RISE Chattanooga (formerly Jazzanooga)
- Corey Petree, Jolly Walrus Productions
- Darian Scott, The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce
- Joe Wilferth, University of TN at Chattanooga
- Mark Hackett, Evans, Harrison, & Hackett PLLC (Past Chair)
Chattanooga Musicians' Relief Fund
Financial relief during the COVID-19 pandemic
Music Therapy Gateway in Communications (MTGIC) and SoundCorps are pleased to announce that The UNFoundation of Chattanooga has granted funds for distribution to Chattanooga area musicians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
TakeNote to Build Your Music Business
Gain insight from nationally-renowned experts and connect with potential collaborators in the local music industry at TakeNote. These quarterly workshops feature panel discussions with established music industry experts from across the nation. Topics will cover how to grow an audience through PR and marketing, booking, management, recording and more. For more details, check out the SoundCorps calendar.
Increase access to the training and technology in professional-grade live streaming.
Assisting music industry professionals with career development and online strategy. Through Bandwidth, we help local music industry professionals get their hands on professional-grade live streaming gear to better connect with online audiences. The dual health and economic threat of the COVID-19 pandemic have made it clear that live streaming is an important component of any modern musician's business plan.
Discover Chattanooga’s Music Scene
Connect to music industry providers and creative collaborators or simply browse our online local music industry directory to gain insight on the variety of skills and projects your local music industry professionals work on. We hope that the SoundCorps Directory will help every user to more easily access local music industry providers while boosting business for each profile owner. A number of event promoters are using the SoundCorps directory to pick talent for artist showcases. You'll need to have a SoundCorps artist profile to apply to perform at many local events like Road to Nightfall and Noontunes.
Turn your music industry dream into a reality
SoundCorps has developed an eight-week music business intensive course called Craft Masters. Participants take their music industry project from dream to reality. Willie Kitchens, lead singer of seminal Chattanooga act the Impressions, facilitated the first two courses in 2016. Interested in being a member of upcoming Craft Masters courses? Click here to register. Registering will ensure you receive notification of session details as they are available.
Activating Chattanooga's streets with live, local performances
SoundCorps has worked with the City of Chattanooga, the Chattanooga Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Folk School of Chattanooga and a number of other community partners to develop a program to activate our streets with street performers, sometimes known as buskers. We incentivize 25–35 performers to activate Chattanooga spaces every weekend.
SoundCorps partnered with Erlanger Children’s Hospital to launch SongScripts, a program designed to lift the spirits of young patients, their families, and caretakers through weekly musical performances.
The Chattanooga Pitch Sifter
New Chattanooga Music Delivered to Your Inbox
The Chattanooga Pitch Sifter is a monthly newsletter delivering five new locally-produced songs to subscribers for just $5 per month. The subscription goes to support the local artists creating the work as well as all other SoundCorps programs and activities.
Weekly mid-day music performances in Miller Plaza
Noontunes showcases local talent and offers a platform for artists to be seen and heard every Wednesday in May, June and July from noon-1pm. Can't make it to a performance? WUTC will air each performance on 88.1 FM at 8 pm each Thursday and EPB Fiber Optics will live-stream and provide each performance on their Video On Demand CityStream Platform. The series is a collaboration between the Chattanooga Convention and Visitor's Bureau, EPB, Fidelity Trust Company, Jazzanooga, Lamp Post Group, River City Company, River City Sessions, SoundCorps, and WUTC.
COVID-19 Emergency Resources for Local Music Industry Professionals
We have created a short list of resources for musicians and music industry professionals to access during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.
Health and Wellness Resources
Not sure where to turn for affordable healthcare resources in Chattanooga? Check out the list of providers linked to on our health and wellness directory.
Counsel for Creatives
Are you a Chattanooga creative who wants to talk to a licensed therapist about grief, depression, anxiety, anger, or substance abuse? SoundCorps can connect you with helpful resources.