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The Tivoli Foundation

The Tivoli Theatre Foundation was formed by Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke in 2015 to ensure the sustainability of two city-owned historic sites, The Tivoli Theatre and Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium, while promoting them as vibrant attractions that add to the quality of life in Chattanooga.

The formation of an independent nonprofit or foundation was recommended to Mayor Berke through the Chattanooga Forward/Entertainment & Attractions Task Force after the Task Force spent several months researching how to strengthen both the Tivoli and Memorial Auditorium. The Task Force met with arts organizations and various stakeholders for their ideas about the future of these venues. Comparative research of similar venues was also conducted, including the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Tivoli Theatre Foundation Board:

  • Keith Sanford (Organizing Director) - President & CEO, Tennessee Aquarium
  • Susan Rich - Board President, Chattanooga Symphony & Opera
  • James McKissic - Artist; Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Bijan Dhanani - Delegator; board member, Association of Visuals Artists, Causeway, & ArtsBuild
  • Carmen Davis - BCBST
  • Bobby Stone - Local film-maker; board member, Association of Visual Artists
  • Travis Lytle - Cornerstone Community Bank; TN Arts Commission Citizen Advisory Panel (2012)
  • Brent Goldberg - VP of Operations & CFO, Lync America - Lesco Logistics
  • Bruce Hartmann - Chattanooga Times Free Press; former President, Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation
  • Mickey McCamish - Executive Director of Epilepsy Foundation; Retired Captain, US Navy


  • W. Keith Sanford, Chair
  • Bruce Hartmann, Vice Chair
  • Brent Goldberg, Treasurer
  • Susan Rich, Secretary
  • Bobby Stone, Personnel and Programming committee Chair
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The City of Chattanooga retains ownership of both buildings while the Tivoli Foundation, staff, and management company, AC Entertainment, are responsible for the fundraising, programming, and management of the facilities.

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