Chattanooga Girls Rock was born out of a sincere belief in the transformational effect of a music education (tailored to a wide variety of learning styles, musical interests, and abilities), a commitment to fostering a more diverse and uplifting music scene in Chattanooga, and a desire to provide girls with positive adult mentors and a supportive community where they can feel free to be exactly who they are.

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (100% volunteer led), and though we’re quite new, we have been encouraged by enthusiastic community support for our program and values.  Our social-justice based approach to programming attempts to create space for girls to vocalize their opinions and address issues of identity, body politics, the media’s influence on their lives, and interpersonal relationships in a supportive environment, in addition to the valuable lessons about teamwork and collaboration they glean from music instruction and creating original music with other kids.  

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Our Mission

Chattanooga Girls Rock! exists to empower girls in our community to build confidence and celebrate their individuality through collaborative music education and performance.


All of us at CGR! look forward to a world in which girls are encouraged to pursue their interests without the notion that some dreams are out of their reach, where support and teamwork replace competition and acrimony, and girls and women are never afraid to rock with abandon!

And of course, a few of the folks who have helped build and steer this ship:

The CGR 2018-2019 Board of Directors

And We couldn’t do This without…


Amy Nelson

Amy has worked for many local non profits (most recently, the Speech and Hearing Center) serving in outreach, volunteer coordination, and fundraising. 

She has played in bands in Chattanooga since 1998.  

Breast cancer survivor.


Animal lover.

Enjoys working with and inspiring girls to be themselves.


Heather lacy

Heather spends most of her free time playing music, and occasionally creating some art. She went to her first punk rock show when she was 13, where her life long devotion to music began. Even so, it took more than a decade before Heather dared to try playing an instrument and being in bands herself. Now she hopes to share that passion and sense of community with other young girls. She also has the most wonderfully annoying dog named Mavis, who she would take everywhere if she could.

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matt eslinger

Matt is a Chattanooga native and is a strong supporter of community, equality and empowering people to discover their voices through music and the arts.

Classically trained, having played music in Chattanooga for over 20 years, Matt has played in a wide varitey of musical genres around Chattanooga ranging from Bluegrass, Classical, Jazz and good ol' fashioned Rock n Roll.

Some of his interests include the arts, technology and gardening.

He is employed as a professional geek and currently lives in Chattanooga with his dogs Shosty and Belle.