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We are closed on New Years Day, Memorial Day, Easter Sunday, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Eve

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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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MOTOWN MIC: The Spoken Word Competition

Ages 16+ | January 2022 - April 2022

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....

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Amplify: The Sound of Detroit Singing Competition

Ages 16+ | September - January

An open to the public, family-oriented event, AMPLIFY seeks to build on the rich legacy of Motown, celebrate the unique voices of Detroit....

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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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AMPLIFY the Sound of Detroit

January 27, 2022

Motown Museum YouTube & Comcast Channel 900

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Motown MIC: The Spoken Word Grand Finale

April 29, 2021 @ 7pm


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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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Ignite Summer Camp

10 - 12 Grade | August 2 - 13

Ignite Summer Camp

Program Dates

August 2 - 13 2021

Age Range

10 - 12 Grade

Program Location


Application Deadline

July 23 2021

Program Details

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. This audition-based program will provide participants an authentic experience in the life of a performer inclusive of rehearsals, deadlines and artistic presentation development including stage presentation, speaking skills and image counseling. Supported by legendary Motown artists, and entertainment industry professionals’ participants will be coached daily by musicians, producers and music directors from around the country.

Admitted participants will be selected by audition and provided a full scholarship to attend this 10-day program.

Example of Workshops during Camp:

  • Vocal Technique Overview
  • Stage Presence
  • Style Workshop
  • Developing your Brand
  • How to Record and Mix Vocals
  • Music Management
  • Empowerment for the Emerging Artist
  • Artistic Collaboration
  • Songwriting: expressing yourself


  • Open to High School Students completing grades 9-12 in the year prior to the summer workshop
  • Singers with at least 1-2 years of experience

Application Process

Application Deadline: July 23, 2021

Application Checklist

  • Complete the online application form

Your application must include:

  • audition video recording of a self-accompanied, personal performance
  • personal statement video that tell a story about who you are as an artist, what your goals are, and why you desire admission into the Motown Ignite program
  • most recent school report card

Video Submission Requirements

When asked to submit a video please follow the format below for best results:

  1. At the beginning of the video, please clearly state your full name, your age and your hometown
  2. Make sure that your face is clearly visible, with your upper body fairly near the camera and the background simple, uncluttered, and not too bright (e.g., in front of a window)
  3. Video file should be saved as Last Name, First Name Program Name (e.g. Smith, Ann – Ignite)
  4. Videos should be submitted in standard video format (e.g. MP4, MOV, AVI or WMV files) and should be no more than 24Mb in size through email. If larger than 24Mb in size, please use a shareable cloud storage site such as Dropbox, Google Drive, YouTube to send the video
  5. Each video submitted must be performed from beginning to end in one take. No editing is permitted.
  6. Audio files will not be accepted
  7. Recording may be made on any device, as long as it is submitted in the appropriate file format and is a clear picture

If sending through a cloud storage site, please be sure to share with edit access to prevent from needing passwords or any back and forth requesting for access

If using a tablet or mobile device to record your video, you will need to download the video to a computer first in order to submit in the acceptable file formats

Admission Notification

Application Deadline for all materials to be submitted is July 23, 2021.

Review, admission, and notification for late applications will be on a rolling basis. Space is limited. Admissions decisions will not be given by phone.




What is the cost to participate?

Admitted participants will be selected by audition, and provided a full scholarship to attend this program thanks to the generous support of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

I am going into 9th grade this year, can I participate in the program?

The curriculum framework for the Ignite Summer camp is research-based and developmentally appropriate and is therefore only open to young adults that are completing grades 9-12 in the year prior to the summer workshop. Youth who are younger are encouraged to check out our Spark Summer Camp.

What does an online workshop look like?

A virtual summer workshop is an all-online opportunity to work on challenging projects together with peers from all over the nation during the course of two weeks. A physical meeting place is replaced with an online learning platform where you can check the materials and progress on the project. Communication will be facilitated with tools such as email and the Zoom platform.

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