Our open-to-the-public poetry competition series invites local poets to share their talents every Friday evening, at Motown Museum, during the month of April for the chance to win $1,000!
Motown Mic: The Spoken Word was created to pay homage to Motown Records’ Black Forum Label— a Motown spoken word label created by Berry Gordy and the Motown Corporation in the ‘70s as a venue for Black expression and education. The label served to capture the voices of African American poets and orators such as Langston Hughes, Stokey Carmichael, Elaine Brown, Ossie Davis and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose moving and inspirational “I Have A Dream” speech was recorded by the label. As Motown revolutionized the music industry, its Black Forum Label documented the social consciousness of a generation— Motown Mic: The Spoken Word is a continuation of that rich legacy.
“Motown Museum is proud to serve as a local platform for the next generation of creative artists by offering opportunities and experiences for them to find and share their unique perspective and artistic gifts,” said Motown Museum Chairwoman and CEO Robin Terry. “Every year we see incredible local talent from all walks of life shine as they creatively express themselves through their poetry. We hope the community will join us to witness their art, while learning more about the Motown legacy and its continued impact on today.
Motown Mic: The Spoken Word invites poets to perform original pieces in the Hitsville Gallery. Poetry must be clean, no profanity and a maximum of three minutes. Artists must be 18 or older to enter the competition. Our judges will select two winners each week to compete in the Grand Finale in May with a Motown inspired piece. The winner of the Grand Finale will receive a $1000 cash prize, be published on a literary broadside, featured on the Motown Museum website and named “Motown Mic: The Spoken Word Artist of the Year!”
This series, which is open to the public, is a celebration of the Black Forum Label and National Poetry Month.
ONE FORUM. ONE MIC. ONE WINNER!