Otis Music Camp campers scheduled to perform at the Arts and Kids Fest

Photo via Bragg Jam website.

Photo via Bragg Jam website.

By: Jaya Alaan, Otis Redding Foundation Social Media Intern

It has been 36 days since the Otis Music Camp Grand Finale. The Townsend School of Music that was once filled with lively young voices and laughter is now quiet and the practice rooms are now empty.

The campers left the Cox Capitol Theatre on July 16 but their presence did not. The kids surprised the whole city with their amazing voices and their outstanding multi-instrument playing abilities.

 The Otis Music Camp was all that Macon residents talked about for weeks.

With our campers being on high demand, we are incredibly excited to announce that a few of our 2017 campers have been asked to perform at Bragg Jam's, Arts and Kids Fest on July 29. You will hear the voices of Noah Duncan, Arianna Rivas, Mckenzie Capers, Jordan Smith and many more.

Bragg Jam is a full-scaled community arts festival and Macon's premier music event. The organization also donates a large amount of money to community causes, including the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail and Amerson River Park.

For more information about Arts and Kids Fest, visit the Bragg Jam website. 

Visit our 2017 Otis Music Camp page on this website for a wrap up of OMC 2017.

Karla Redding-Andrews inducted to the Community Foundation of Central Georgia Board of Directors

Photo via Community Foundation of Central Georgia facebook

Photo via Community Foundation of Central Georgia facebook

By: Jaya Alaan, Otis Redding Foundation Social Media Intern

On July 11 Karla Redding-Andrews was welcomed into the Community Foundation of Central Georgia's board of directors. The CFCG has been working to enhance the quality of life for the people of Central Georgia since 1993 by encouraging citizens to work towards a common goal, as well as, philanthropy. 

Redding-Andrews has shown over the course of 10 years that her passion is to improve the lives of residents and the community through music and education.Redding-Andrews is the current Executive Director of the Otis Redding Foundation and founder of the Otis Music Camp.

She is also affiliated with several other groups that strive to improve the community. These organizations include the Georgia Music Foundation board, Roobert McDuffie Center for Strings Board of Visitors, Leadership Macon, Macon Rotary Club, Macon's International Cherry Blossom Festival board and the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Advisory Commission. 

In addition to being active in seven organizations, Redding-Andrews and her DREAM Academy team are in the process of opening an arts-intergraded charter school in August 2018. Redding-Andrews is the current chairperson for the Governing Board of the DREAM Academy.

Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts has re-opened its doors

BY: Jaya Alaan, Otis Redding Foundation Social Media Intern

The Otis Redding Foundation recently hosted their 10th annual Otis Music Camp at the Townsend School of Music on Mercer University's campus.

The two-week long camp hosted 60 campers and 34 music coaches. Throughout the camp, the campers discovered new talents and furnished old ones. Their hard work was showcased at the finale show that was held at the Cox Capitol Theatre on June 16.

Although the harmonious tones of Otis Music campers no longer fill the halls of Townsend, there is another place where their voices and instruments can be heard. That place is the Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts.

The center was closed for a short time due to renovations but has re-opened its doors. The Otis Redding Foundation has staffed the center with talented coaches eager to share their music knowledge. 

The center offers voice, piano, guitar and percussion lessons and is next door to the Otis Redding Foundation offices located in Downtown Macon.

Click for more photos of the center.


Photo credit: Disney on Ice/Maryann Bates

Photo credit: Disney on Ice/Maryann Bates

On Thursday, April 13, Otis Redding Foundation executive director Karla Redding-Andrews took part in a Junior Press Conference with Disney On Ice and the Real I.M.P.A.C.T. Center. From the press release:

Young ladies will interview influential women from the Macon community and a Disney On Ice skater to practice reporting, newsgathering and handling digital media. In the spirit of the show, Disney On Ice has partnered with Real I.M.P.A.C.T. Center to host a “Junior Press Conference” to teach young ladies the ins-and-outs of newsgathering and navigating the press in today’s highly digital landscape. Following a day of celebrating and learning from successful women, the young ladies will stay to enjoy the show.



Photo credit: Disney On Ice / Maryann Bates

Photo credit: Disney On Ice / Maryann Bates

Photo Credit: courtesy Disney On Ice/Maryann Bates

Other panelists (pictured above) included Geneva West (Executive Director, Real I.M.P.A.C.T. Center), Elaine Lucas (Commissioner, Macon-Bibb District 3), Molly Wilkins (Owner, Southern Bon Vivant) and Moderator/Host Ashley Kirklen (Anchor, FOX 24/ABC 16).

Following the press conference, Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream performed at the Macon Centreplex, April 13-16.

2017 Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Award to be Presented to the Redding Family

The Redding family is thrilled to be receiving the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Award. The Reddings, and the Otis Redding Foundation, have a strong relationship with Mr. McDuffie and the Center for Strings, and it is truly an honor to be recognized for their efforts. From Mercer University's website:

MACON – The third annual Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Award will be presented to the Redding family on April 28. The award is given to an individual or group who has exhibited a strong dedication to and support for the arts, and by extension, for their community and its future.

“The Reddings have worked tirelessly to promote music and culture in Macon. Their commitment to this effort makes them extremely deserving of this year’s honor," said Center Director Amy Schwartz Moretti.

Established in 2007 by Zelma Redding in her husband’s honor, the Otis Redding Foundation, with its roots in music, has created educational awareness programs in the arts and humanities, including the popular Otis Music Camp that takes place every summer. Karla Redding-Andrews, daughter of Otis, serves as executive director of the foundation. Three generations of Reddings have been working to realize The Dream Academy, a statewide charter school positioned to open in fall 2018.

“The Redding family has contributed not only to the musical fabric of our city through their Otis Redding Foundation, but to the lives of generations to come by working to create the Dream Academy, a charter school that will combine arts and academics,” said Moretti.

The award will be presented before a concert by the Mercer University Orchestra on April 28. The Center will also present a $500 donation to the Otis Redding Foundation. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Neva Langley Fickling Hall in the McCorkle Music Building on Mercer’s Macon campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

About Townsend School of Music

Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music, the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, the Joan Stockstill Godsey Center for Keyboard Studies and the Townsend-McAfee Institute for Graduate Studies offer undergraduate and graduate professional music studies in a comprehensive university environment. Townsend is nationally recognized for its outstanding faculty, award-winning students, performance ensembles and state-of-the-art facilities. The McDuffie Center, a special institute within Townsend School of Music, is a highly selective program that prepares string students for success in the real world. Students study with some of America’s most renowned string musicians, receiving music instruction of conservatory quality, while earning an academically well-rounded education from a comprehensive, nationally recognized university. For more information and a complete listing of this season’s concerts please visit www.mercer.edu/music, or call (478) 301-2748.

Media Contact:

Meagan Evans (478) 301-2933 evans_ml@mercer.edu