Dynamo Studios Organization Overview and Executive Summary
Within the engineering world a dynamo is a device used to generate electricity. Rather than generating electricity, Dynamo Studios acts as a resource for students and musicians to generate growth and success in the world of education as well as the music industry. Our goal is for Dynamo Studios to be the catalyst in a student's life that allows them to realize their fullest potential through innovation, collaboration, production and STEM focused programs built around the creative industries within the music industry at large.
In other words, Dynamo Studios creates an environment where education, the arts and technology come together as one cohesive unit with the community and innovative thinkers, resulting in exponential cultural, entrepreneurial and community growth.
Dynamo Studios started off as a passion project for local public school teacher Kessler Cuffman in the fall of 2014 during his time as a world history teacher at Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts, a local magnet fine arts school. Through local support and community partnership Dynamo Studios pursued and acquired 501(c)(3) status legitimized by the IRS in December 2015.
Currently we are partnered with local community leaders offering programs for area teens, adults and music makers. Dynamo Studios partnered with the Chattanooga Public Library to design and facilitate the build of a 1,000 sq. ft. recording studio facility located on the second floor of the Downtown Library location. Although this studio is owned by the Library, Dynamo Studios has developed, managed and operated the educational programming run through the studio. Dynamo Studios will continue running twenty-five hours of programming per week through the studio in an effort to support our partnership with the library and local learners.
Aside from library-based programming, Dynamo Studios also manages a professional career pipeline for our students that wish to take the next steps into the professional world of the creative industries. For example, students have the opportunity to work with major ad agencies, music venues, production studios, film/photo agencies, etc. These types of professional opportunities are a cornerstone of what our mission stands for, because this is what leads to rapid student growth and development. Through these unique opportunities students are able to take ownership of their success and apply their newly learned skills in a professional environment well beyond the walls of the average classroom.
Additionally, the Dynamo Studios team is regularly involved with local schools in the Hamilton County Department of Education. We've partnered with several schools in the district and are currently involved with the STEM School (high school) and East Lake Academy of Fine Arts (Opportunity Zone/inner-city middle school). Through future grants and educational initiatives we plan to work with Howard High School, Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts, Dalewood Middle School, Orchard Knob Middle School and East Brainerd High School with regular programming in each school as a component of each students FREE public education.
Dynamo Studios provides an environment and resources for students to harness their creative potential using the arts, education, and technology as a catalyst to promote cultural growth, community growth, and real world opportunities for participants at a free or reduced rate.
We want to see our programs inspiring and empowering the students of Chattanooga to become elite professionals in the creative industries or whatever respective career field they pursue, establishing Chattanooga as a hub for the creative industry and entrepreneurship.
Quality Work & Craftsmanship
AREAS OF STUDENT AND COMMUNITY GROWTH
Information, Communication and Technological Literacy
Flexibility and Adaptability
Initiative and Self-Direction
Social and Cross-Cultural Skills
Productivity and Accountability
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Collaboration and Community Partnership
Innovation and Creativity
Leadership and Responsibility
IMPACT FOCUS AREAS
Educational Growth within local inner-city schools
Cultural and Community Growth
Economic Growth and Entrepreneurship
Growth and Development within the Arts
Growth and Development of Socially Minded Organizations
Why Use the Music Industry As a Platform for Growth?
An industry built around the creation of music...
Naturally lends itself to 21st Century Skill-building
Naturally engages students
Can easily apply to core content classes
Encompasses every component of the professional creative industries and it opens a career pipeline for students.
But most importantly, music is a universal language that breaks down economic, racial, and cultural barriers.
It doesn't matter who you are, everyone likes music. Building off that common ground sets the stage for sustainable, tangible, long term growth for EVERYONE involved.
Who We've Worked With
We've had the pleasure of working with some of the best musicians in the music industry ranging from local, regional and national acts. Even platinum record selling artists and Grammy winners.
Our students have done it all with these artists: Collaborations on student projects, recording singles or contributing to full length records, and even cinematography!
Local Sponsors, Partners, and Endorsers
Flock Artist Management
Community Foundation Chattanooga
Various major and indie record labels
Chattanooga Girls Rock!
A wide variety of freelance cinematographers and photographers
Times Free Press
Hamilton County Department of Education
Opportunity Zone Schools
STEM School Chattanooga
Songbirds Guitar Museum
Lyndhurst Foundation (Library Studio Project)
Chattanooga Public Education Foundation
Industry Sponsors, Partners, and Endorsers
Universal Music Group
Guitar Center Pro
Roark Bailey Productions
Who Have We Impacted?
White - 40%
African American - 30%
Hispanic - 28%
Other - 2%
Students - 2,000 +
Music Industry Professionals - 45 +
Females - 55%
Males - 45%
Programming Areas of Focus:
These are the areas of production we focus on in our educational programs and where our programming will be heading in the future as we continue to grow and scale up our operations.
Phase One (Music and Audio Production) - Spring 2017 - Fall 2018 // COMPLETE ***
Music Production in a Studio Environment
Live Sound Engineering
Basic Film Production
Phase Two - Fall 2018 - Fall 2019 // FUNDRAISING IN PROGRESS
All Previous Areas of Focus
Film and Cinematography
Sound Design for Film
Publications, Journalism and Communications
Photography and film for Live Performances, Branding, Promotional and Lifestyle Shoots
Social Media Curation
Phase Three - Fall 2019 - Onwards
All Previous Mediums
What Has It Taken To Get This Far?
Volunteers - 10
Board Members - 6
Number of Programs Operated - 265+ since July 1 (Programming and Program Facilitation)
Funding Received to Directly Support Dynamo Studios Programs and Operations:
Most people would assume that this was funded by an astronomical amount of money, but in reality we made this happen as a labor of love. Countless hours of work on top of full time classroom teaching jobs and an incredible team of volunteers has allowed us to run Dynamo Studios like a full scale, full time business, while keeping our costs at a whopping $0.
We are now, for the first time ever, pursuing our first round of project funding to begin launching Dynamo Studios on a much larger scale to sustain our work in the community.
At the moment, we have secured $25,000 of our $50,000 current programming initiative.
Total expenses thus far:
Operations - $0 (Yes, we did all of this for free because we believe in these programs and we wanted to show people that we know what we’re talking about before asking anyone for financial support.)
Programs - $0
Previous Micro Grant Info:
$5,000 micro grant from PEF for equipment (2016 Teacherpreneur Grant and People’s Choice Award)
Personal Volunteer Time Running Programs FIVE Days a Week and Developing Our Organization - Countless hours over the course of two years. And we’ve loved every second of it!