SoundCorps is a 501c(3) nonprofit dedicated to growing the music economy in the Chattanooga region. Established in early 2015, we devote our energies to building local music industry infrastructure and professional expertise through ongoing programs, events and initiatives. These efforts will translate into increased opportunities to experience Chattanooga music.
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
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:
- Mark Hackett of Evans Harrison Hackett, PLLC (Chair)
- Daniel Barber of Elliott Davis Decosimo (Treasurer)
- Tia Capps of The Company Lab (CO.LAB)
- Darian Scott of Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce
- Monica Kinsey of Track 29 and The Revelry Room
- Scott Bruce of Chattanooga Area Food Bank
- Jesse Hutchison of Vayner Media
- Steve O'Neil of Consensus Energy
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.
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 play the Riverbend Festival, 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.
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.
Coming Soon: Online Resources
SoundCorps is collecting and creating resources to help music industry professionals streamline their business processes. These resources will also guide Chattanoogans through the sometimes-complicated process of hiring local music industry providers for events, licensing, and collaboration.