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Motown Museum is the beating heart of the extraordinary Motown legacy—a destination that brings together people and ideas from different generations, and celebrates the past while simultaneously building a bridge to the future.

About Motown Museum

To ensure our vast collection maintains public visibility, and to keep things fresh for our guests, Motown Museum changes its main gallery exhibit 1-2 times per year. Here is what’s currently showing at our museum.

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Motown Museum transports you into an era of musical magic. From the second you walk through the door, you’ll be greeted with the voices of Motown and a profound sense of history and significance.

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Hitsville NEXT Programs

Our uniquely curated community programs emphasize education, entrepreneurship and equity—with experiences, mentoring and exposure that nurtures and elevates tomorrow’s history makers. Museum programs cultivate creativity and entrepreneurship in budding talent, allowing great art, big ideas and innovation to flourish.

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Ignite Summer Camp
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Ignite Summer Camp


10 - 12 Grade | July 26 - August 5

Ignite offers a day program for high school aged singers that will take them on a journey of artistic visioning through collaborative performance opportunities, group lessons and workshops catered to the foundation of artist development....

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Spark Summer Camp
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Spark Summer Camp


6 – 9 Grade | August 9 - 19

Motown SPARK is a day camp that provides a safe space for middle school aged participants to explore career opportunities available in the music industry and find their artistic talent....

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Lyric Project
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Lyric Project


Ages 13-18 | July 12 - 22

During this 2-week entirely virtual online workshop, participants will be immersed in the basics of songwriting, music production, and how to communicate powerful emotion....

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Hitsville NEXT Events

From memorable galas and concert performances, to community celebrations and educational programs, we host a range of special events throughout the year.

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Motown MIC: The Spoken Word Competition


April 15, 2022 @ 7pm

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Legacy Podcast


All Episodes Are Now Available!

Streaming on all Podcast Platforms

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Private Events

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Motown Legacy

As an irresistible force of social and cultural change, the legendary Motown portfolio made its mark not just on the music industry, but society at large, with a signature Motown Sound that has become one of the most significant musical accomplishments and stunning success stories of the 20th century.

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Like many other African Americans in the early 20th century, Berry Gordy, Sr. and his wife, Bertha Fuller Gordy, came North from Georgia to find a better life for themselves and their family.

Gordy Family

Motown is an extended family of some of the most iconic and influential artists, musicians and songwriters of our time. Brought together by destiny through their love for making music, they found themselves making history.

Motown Artists

The culmination of years of planning, hard work and generous contributions from dedicated donors, the highly anticipated, $50 million Motown Museum expansion project will grow the museum campus to a 50,000-square-foot world-class entertainment and education tourist destination.

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When you contribute to the Motown Museum, you become part of a rich musical and cultural legacy. We are a 501(c)(3) not for profit, tax-exempt organization in Detroit.

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Brenda Holloway

Signed in 1964

California native Brenda Holloway has always had a passion for music. From singing in her church’s choir to studying the violin, music has always been the center of her life. When Brenda Holloway began her professional career, she joined California-based label Donna (a sister label to Del-Fi) and released a slew of singles, including her first major hit “Every Little Bit Hurts” (which was later re-released). Through her producer Hal Davis, she met Berry Gordy and secured an audition at Motown Records. Taken by her voice and her style, he offered her a recording contract, on the condition that she graduate from high school first. She graduated a year later and signed to Motown in 1964 when she was 17. Quickly, Motown released her first album Every Little Bit Hurts in 1964, with the titular song being her first big hit reaching #23 on the US pop charts and #3 on US R&B. Her career went into overdrive—everyone wanted Brenda Holloway.

A year later, she was invited by Dick Clark to be on his “Caravan of Stars” tour; then, she became the first Motown artist to appear on the musical variety show Shebang!; that same year, when the Beatles invaded the U.S., she was invited to open for them. During all of this, she continued to release more hit songs including “When I’m Gone” (1965), “Operator” (1965), and “You Make Me So Very Happy” (1967), with her second album, The Artistry of Brenda Holloway, being released in 1968 to equal acclaim. In just five years, her career exploded, and she became an international star.

However, in 1969, Brenda made the decision to leave Motown, retire from the music industry for a short time, and return to her home in California. As a religious person, she felt a calling to focus on her faith and connect with people through gospel music instead. While she would later come out of retirement from performing, her career would continue to be driven by her Motown years and the impressive success she found in just five years.

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Brenda Holloway performing ‘When I’m Gone” in 1967 on the Shebang! show. She was the first Motown artist to make a live appearance.

Brenda Holloway’s first appearance on American Bandstand in 1964, performing “I’ll Always Love You”

Brenda Holloway performing “Every Little Bit Hurts”

Motown Note

When Brenda Holloway went on tour for the first time, the then-struggling Supremes were her opening act.


 

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The Supremes

The Supremes

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The Marvelettes

The Marvelettes

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Marv Johnson

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The Temptations

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