Otis Redding was dedicated to improving the quality of life for our community through the education and empowerment of its youth.  Established in 2007 by Mrs. 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. These programs encourage individual and team participation, build self-esteem and instill discipline. To honor Otis’ dream, the Otis Redding Foundation provides opportunities for youth to improve their academic performance by helping them make choices in life that enrich rather than endanger. By providing programs that ignite dreams in our future generation of leaders, we remain dedicated to connecting the universal relevance of music to serve as a catalyst for education and other youth oriented initiatives.

Otis Redding was dedicated to improving the quality of life for our community through the education and empowerment of its youth.

Established in 2007 by Mrs. 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. These programs encourage individual and team participation, build self-esteem and instill discipline. To honor Otis’ dream, the Otis Redding Foundation provides opportunities for youth to improve their academic performance by helping them make choices in life that enrich rather than endanger. By providing programs that ignite dreams in our future generation of leaders, we remain dedicated to connecting the universal relevance of music to serve as a catalyst for education and other youth oriented initiatives.

 

Foundation Initiatives :

 

Otis Music Camp

 The Otis Music Camp takes place every June in Macon, GA. Otis Music Campers experience a high level of music forums conducted by key leaders in the industry. Professional and collegiate musicians of all genres of music, come from across the United States to Macon, GA. each summer to help develop the voices and instrumental abilities of our campers. Throughout the week a variety of music industry professionals ranging from touring musicians to music managers come to camp to interact with our campers, perform a presentation and Q&A session. The campers work vigorously for two-weeks with the guidance of our counselors to write, record and perform their own songs at the camp’s grand finale. The camp was founded by Karla Redding-Andrews, Executive Director of Otis Redding Foundation and Lisa Love, former director the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
“Educating children through music was a dream of my husband’s,” said Zelma Redding. “This camp’s emphasis on creativity and inspiration is something I think he would have been proud of and it is the kind of program we will continue to foster through our Foundation.”

Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts

The Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts is a multipurpose space open to students of all ages. Here, year round lessons, workshops, and DREAM Choir rehearsals are held. The foundation has staffed the center with Macon’s finest musicians offering lessons in areas such as piano, audio engineering, strings, and more. Partnerships with the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings and Townsend School of Music at Mercer University also create catalysts for offering continuing education programs. We would love for you to learn more and take part in our innovative programming.

 

DREAM Choir

 The DREAM Choir is a choir group comprised of Otis Redding Foundation kids. The group had the chance to perform as popular artist, Andra Day’s, backup singers. The group has done several performances around Macon and had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. to participate in “In Performance At the White House” hosted by First Lady, Michelle Obama, The Grammy museum, and National Endowment for the Arts.

Camp dream

The Otis Redding Foundation is expanding the highly successful original Otis Music Camp by offering after-school and school break programming for students K-5 at the Tubman Museum and Theatre Macon in Downtown Macon. In partnership with the Tubman Museum and Theatre Macon, Camp DREAM’s inaugural session took place during Fall Break (October 9-12, 2018). Otis Music Camp coaches cover: Songwriting; Percussion; Piano; Theater; Voice; Dance; Visual Arts. These areas will integrate to create one project, culminating in a performance to showcase the work all the students have done over the week.