- The Motown Museum in Detroit, Michigan, preserves, protects and presents the Motown Story through authentic, inspirational and educational experiences so that all generations will come to know, be inspired by and celebrate the true Motown story, legacy and sound.
- In an effort to encourage creative expression and the entrepreneurial spirit – two cornerstones of the Motown Records legacy – Motown Museum hosts educational programs over the summer for young people in Detroit, Michigan.
- Motown Museum IGNITE teaches high school aged students lessons in performance, songwriting, musicianship, singing, production/beat-making, dancing/choreography and the business of music.
- Motown Museum is a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grantee working to increase entrepreneurship and career opportunities for economically disenfranchised residents, especially in the Northwest Goldberg district of Detroit, by providing early stage entrepreneurial support and career development training.
Why This Matters
Since its founding in 1985, The Motown Museum in Detroit, Michigan has helped connect generations of visitors to the legacy of Motown Record Company. The Museum tells the story of how a man’s vision turned into one of the largest, most successful record companies of all time and how the music – the Motown Sound – captured the hearts of young people across the globe.
Today, the Museum continues to educate and motivate people, especially youth. Motown Museum, in partnership with Wayne State University, conducts the Motown Museum IGNITE Summer Camp. To encourage creative expression and the entrepreneurial spirit – two cornerstones of the Motown Records legacy – Motown Museum IGNITE teaches high school aged students lessons in performance, songwriting, musicianship, singing, production/beat-making, dancing/choreography and the business of music.
In the program, students learn how to advance their musical talent, identify who they are as artists and build their own personal and business philosophies. Incorporating workshops and experiences designed to cultivate talent, the camp works to show students that there is room for everyone in the arts. Students experience the power of music, engage in collaborative activities and find their creative spark. In short, the program helps create and inspire the next generation of empowered cultural leaders.
Check out the IGNITE 2018 Camp Showcase winners – the group Abstract Soul, recording their own original song entitled Pride Aside. The song was written during the Motown Museum IGNITE Summer Camp by campers Jayquan (drums/vocals), Ivon (piano/vocals), Kayla (violin), Christopher (lead vocals) and Paige (lead vocals).