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  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 10am-6pm
  • Thursday: 10am-6pm
  • Friday: 10am-6pm
  • Saturday: 10am-8pm
  • Sunday: 10am-6pm

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 moment you step on the plaza, you’ll be immersed in the Motown sound and will experience a profound sense of history.

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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


9 - 12 Grade | July 9 - 19

Ignite is a two-week program designed for high school-aged singers who want to take their musical talents to the next level...

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Spark Summer Camp


6 – 8 Grade | August 6 - 16

For middle-school students passionate about music, we offer Spark, a day camp that helps students write and perform music together...

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Lyric Project


Ages 14-18 | June 18 – 28

Lyric Project is a two-week workshop that helps students learn about songwriting, music production, and communicating powerful and authentic emotions through music...

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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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Rocket Plaza at Motown Museum

Events are Free and Open to the Public

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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.

Expansion

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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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  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 10am-6pm
  • Thursday: 10am-6pm
  • Friday: 10am-6pm
  • Saturday: 10am-8pm
  • Sunday: 10am-6pm
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Lyric Project

Ages 14-18 | June 18 – 28

Program Dates

June 18 - 28

Program Time

9am - 4pm

Age Range

14 – 18

Location

Hitsville NEXT Campus

Application Deadline

June 12th

Program Details

Lyric Project is a two-week workshop that helps students learn about songwriting, music production, and communicating powerful and authentic emotions through music. With small group sessions led by teaching artists and opportunities to collaborate with current recording artists and legendary Motown Alumni, this program is perfect for students who want to take their music to the next level.

Participants will explore the process and tradition of songwriting at Motown as well as the changes and developments in popular music in the decades since Hitsville USA was founded in 1959. Songwriters will share ideas, receive feedback, and collaborate with each other and teaching artists in small group sessions, in clinics with current recording artists and legendary Motown Alumni. The young artists will have the opportunity to record their original music with award-winning sound engineers in the Elaine and Leo Stern Foundation Recording Studio in Hitsville NEXT. The conclusion of the two-week program will feature each independent artist in a showcase of original material generated in the workshop. 

ELIGIBILITY 

  • Open to youth ages 13-18 years old 
  • Songwriters with at least 1-2 years of experience 

APPLICATION PROCESS 

Extended Application Deadline: June 12 

Application Checklist 

  • Complete the online application form using Acceptd 
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Your application must include: 

  • Audition video recording of an original track 
  • PDF of the original lyrics from your track 
  • 1-minute personal statement video that shares with us who you are as an artist, what your goals are as a songwriter, and why you desire admission into the Lyric Project 
  • Most recent school report card that shows your name, grade and school 

ADMISSION NOTIFICATION 

Application Deadline for all materials to be submitted has been extended to June 12th. 

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


Admitted campers will be provided a full scholarship to attend this program thanks to the generous support of:

  • Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co.
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Michigan Arts & Culture Council

FAQs

Will Motown Museum require students to have obtained a COVID vaccine in order to participate in programs?

Motown Museum programs are not currently restricted to those who have been vaccinated. Motown Museum continues to monitor the situation and will keep students informed of any changes to requirements. Note that regardless of vaccination status, students should anticipate that there will continue to be COVID-19 related restrictions and students will be required to adhere to all rules and regulations throughout their program.

How will Lyric Project activities be adapted to comply with local guidance on COVID-19?

All activities will follow local social distancing and other COVID-19 guidelines and CDC recommendations. For more information visit Motown Museum’s Safety Measures page.

I am under the age of 13 or over the age of 18, can I participate?

The curriculum framework for the workshop is research-based and developmentally appropriate and is therefore only open to young adults aged 13-18 during the time of the workshop. Youth who are younger are encouraged to check out our Spark Summer Camp!

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