A new competition invites local hip-hop artists to submit tracks. (Photo: Contributed)

The Hip-Hop CHA collective is seeking hip-hop artists for a new competition.

The winner will be offered a chance to perform at Revelry Room and other prizes.

Artists can submit one original track for consideration by April 16. A $10 fee is required for entry.


Click here for a full list of guidelines and regulations.

The first round of competition will take place at Hush Lounge April 17 during New Music Monday. Submitted tracks will be played during the event, and the public can vote for their favorite.

The final round will take place April 22 at Revelry Room. Seven artists will compete for the grand prize. Tickets are on sale now here.

In addition to an opportunity to perform, the winner will receive free entry into the SoundCorps Craft Masters Course and an opportunity to open for an artist at the Levitt AMP Music Series at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center during the summer.

“This first competition is open to Chattanooga-area solo hip-hop artists, rappers and lyricists,” collective co-founder Sammy Lowdermilk said. “We’ve received dozens of messages from local hip-hop artists about performing at our events. We felt a showcase competition was a great way to both highlight local talent and also give artists a platform they might not otherwise have.”

Since December, Hip-Hop CHA has been offering multiple events-listening parties, live shows and DJ showcases-at venues around town. The organization spurred from a conversation between five local self-proclaimed “hip-hop heads” following a program about inclusiveness at the Edney Innovation Center.

Click here for a previous Nooga.com story about Hip-Hop CHA.

“The Hip-Hop CHA collective has been overwhelmed with the positive feedback about what we’re trying to accomplish here in Chattanooga,” Lowdermilk said. “There is a vibrant hip-hop scene with extremely talented performers, producers and artists.”