Otis Redding Foundation Executive Director awarded with She Rocks Award

Redding-Andrews pictured with campers during the 2017 Otis Music Camp.

Redding-Andrews pictured with campers during the 2017 Otis Music Camp.

Executive Director of the foundation, Karla Redding-Andrews was recently awarded with the Women's International Music Network's, She Rocks Award. 

Redding-Andrews was recognized for her skill-building programs and life-transforming opportunities that she has help made available through the Otis Redding Foundation.

The proud daughter of Otis Redding, Redding-Andrews is always focused on her father’s philanthropic efforts by overseeing a number of the foundation’s programs that offer young people music education opportunities. These programs include the Otis Music Camp and the DREAM Choir.

Although she is a large part in the foundations success, Redding-Andrews is apart of other organizations that are making a difference in the community. As a board member of the Georgia Music Foundation, the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Advisory Commission, the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Board of Visitors, the Community Foundation of Central Georgia and the Governing Board of the DREAM Academy, she was praised for her ability to juggle all of her tasks at an incredible standard.

Tickets are on sale now for the 2018 Evening of Respect at the Apollo Theater in New York City!

The 2018 Evening of Respect will be Thursday, January 25, 2018 at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City! This year marks the 50th anniversary of Otis' seminal hit "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" and the stars are coming out to celebrate. Whoopi Goldberg hosts. She will be joined by the Dap Kings as the house band. Otis' sons Otis Redding III and Dexter Redding, Empire's Jussie Smollett, Steve Cropper, Paul Janeway of St. Paul and the Broken Bones, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will all perform, with more to be announced!

Tickets are on sale now and proceeds benefit the Otis Redding Foundation! Buy yours here. 

The Otis Redding Foundation celebrates a successful GA Gives Day


On November 28, 2017 the Otis Redding Foundation received donations from 23 donors for Ga Gives Day on Giving Tuesday.

The purpose of GAgives on #GivingTuesday is to empower all Georgia nonprofits to increase funds, gain new supporters, and raise awareness through one 24-hour state-wide marathon of giving.

The Otis Redding Foundation is very appreciative for all of their supporters. Through donations and support the foundation is able to continue to enlighten and educate children through music.

The foundation supports children through several music programs such as the Otis Music Camp, the DREAM Choir and music enrichment lessons. Often times, the foundation offers children scholarships to take part in the previously stated opportunities.

On behalf of the foundation, we would like to give a huge thank you to everyone that took part in GA Gives Day. We cannot do what we do without YOU.

Zelma Redding celebrates her 75th birthday

On October 7, 2017, Zelma Redding celebrated her 75th birthday with close friends and family. 

Zelma, president of the Otis Redding Foundation, continues to make sure her husband's dream and name live on. Over the course of several years, Zelma has impacted the lives of many young musicians.

“Otis was providing young people with scholarships in 1963 with the emergence of his success,” says, Zelma. “And through the Otis Redding Foundation, we continue his dream to empower all young people with an education.”

As head of the estate of Otis Redding, she works each day to promote the image, likeness and catalog of music her husband left. 

Below are picture from her celebration!

DREAM Academy board member received highest volunteer award at the Annual Andrus Award for Community Service

We would like to shine a light on DREAM Academy board member, Myrtle Habersham, for her recent achievement. Habersham received the highest volunteer award for AARP Georgia at the Annual Andrus Award for Community Service on Sept. 28. 

Habersham is a very active member in the Macon community. Along with being apart of the DREAM Academy board and AARP Georgia, she is a coordinator and consultant for the Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving, a member of the executive boards of the AIDS Atlanta, the Andrew and Walter Young Southwest YMCA and the Urban League of Atlanta.

A little more background on Habersham...

Holding a succession of senior-level positions, including Commissioner for the Southeastern and Midwestern Regions of the Social Security Administration, Regional Inspector General for the Southeastern Region of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Associate Director for the Office of Management Planning in the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Habersham has served more than three decades with the U.S. government. Her tenure with the federal government included 18 years as a member of the senior executive corps, an elite leadership group that numbers approximately 6,000 from among more than 2 million federal employees. While a senior leader, she was a three-time recipient of the U.S. President's Executive Rank Awards, an honor shared by only 1 percent of the senior executive corps. After retiring from federal government service in 2010, she formed M S Habersham Consulting Services, which she leads as the managing member.