The Otis Redding Foundation’s mission is to empower, enrich and motivate youth through education in music.


Mission Statement:

The Otis Redding Foundation’s mission is to empower, enrich, and motivate all young people through programs involving music, writing and instrumentation. Each partnership and program sponsored since its inception in 2007 supports the philanthropic commitment of Otis Redding to empower and enlighten all young people to fulfill their dreams.

Otis Redding was dedicated to improving the quality of life for our community through the education and empowerment of its youth. In 2007, Zelma Redding, established the Otis Redding Foundation in her husband’s honor. With its roots in music, the foundation has created several opportunities for the youth to exercise their talents and expand their abilities. Otis Redding dreamed of providing opportunities to improve the youth’s academic performance and to honor his dream the foundation provides programs such as the Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts, the Otis Music Camp and the DREAM choir. The foundation also offers scholarship opportunities for children in need. These programs encourage individual and team participation, build self-esteem and instill discipline. By providing programs that ignite dreams in our future generation of leaders, the Otis Redding Foundation remains dedicated to connecting the universal relevance of music to serve as a catalyst for education and other youth oriented initiatives. The foundation is always on the look-out to improve the lives of young children and are currently in the process of creating a statewide charter school whose focus is music and arts integrated into core curriculum in every class, everyday.




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