Join Stax Music Academy: Auditions for the 2023/2024 Programming Year

Calling all young musicians, singers, songwriters, and creative artists! 

Is your child involved in band or choir at school or church? Do they have a passion for creating their own music? If your child dreams of being around other talented young artists, then Stax Music Academy is the place for them!

Stax Music Academy (SMA), is the Soulsville Foundation’s premier after-school and summer music institute, which offers an unparalleled music education experience combined with unique performance opportunities and creative youth development programming.

Audition Date: Friday, August 4th, 2023

Audition Time: 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Audition Venue: 910 E McLemore Ave, Memphis, TN 38106

Who Can Audition? 

SMA welcomes students from 5th – 12th grade to audition for the upcoming 2023/2024 programming year. Whether your child is an experienced musician or a beginner, they’ll find their place at SMA. We also offer beginner classes through our Stax 101 program, which does not require auditions.

Audition Sign-Up Process 

Signing up for auditions is easy! Simply use the QR code in the event graphic or visit to fill out an interest form. Once the form is completed, our admin department will contact you to schedule an audition time.


More About Stax Music Academy

For over two decades, SMA has been the world’s only music institute that focuses on the legacy of Stax Records and the iconic Memphis Sound. Our professional musicians and staff incorporate this rich musical heritage into instrumental and vocal lessons, songwriting, music business, production, sound engineering, videography, choreography, music theory, and more.

What Sets SMA Apart 

College-Preparedness: Our curriculum ensures that students graduate high school ready to contribute to a global society. We help students secure music scholarships for college, with a remarkable track record of all seniors enrolled in SMA being accepted to college since 2008.

Inclusivity: SMA offers heavily discounted tuition and merit- and need-based scholarships, making sure no young person is denied inclusion due to financial constraints.

Music Opportunities: We connect students with area businesses and music professionals, offering real-world experience and financial compensation through more than 20 job placement opportunities each year.

Creative Youth Development: Beyond music education, SMA provides mentorship, counseling, and college preparedness support, fostering social and emotional growth, leadership skills, and critical thinking abilities.

Alumni Support: We stay connected with our graduates, offering assistance and guidance for career success and post-secondary pathways.

Don’t miss this chance for your child to be part of an extraordinary musical journey at Stax Music Academy! For additional information, please email .