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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.

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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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Lyric Project

Ages 13-18 | July 12 - 16

Lyric Project

Program Dates

July 12 - 16 2021

Age Range

13 – 18


Motown Museum Campus

Application Deadline

July 1 2021

Program Details

Throughout history, the full gamut of human emotions and concerns has been expressed in song. During this workshop, 10 selected songwriters will be immersed in the basics of lyric development, music production, and how to communicate powerful emotion. Songwriters will also learn about the tradition of protest songs in the United States and the role that Motown Records played in societal change. This year’s workshop will explore Marvin Gaye’s prolific concept album (“What’s Going On”). Songwriters will be able to share ideas, receive feedback, and collaborate with other songwriters through live class sessions, clinics with industry professionals and legendary Motown Alumni, and independent coursework resulting in a virtual showcase of original material created during the workshop.

Admitted participants will be selected by audition and will be provided a scholarship to attend this workshop.


Legendary Motown Alumni

Paul Riser, Sr.

Paul Riser, Sr is a Grammy award winning music arranger, American trombonist, and legendary member of Motown’s “The Funk Brothers”. Mr. Riser has written and arranged songs for some of the biggest names in the business: Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Luther Vandross, Joss Stone, Kylie Minogue, Marvin Gaye, Carly Simon, Bill Withers, The Temptations, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Kem, Raphael Saadiq, The Jackson 5, Wyclef, and many more. In 2009, Riser was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. Mr. Riser is still active in the field of music – teaching and arranging

Teaching Artists

Kris Johnson

Artist Website

Kris Johnson is an award-winning trumpeter, composer, and educator. He has appeared on five Grammy-nominated albums and composed the original score for the four-time Emmy-nominated webseries “King Ester”. Currently, Kris is a freelance composer, arranger, and educator in Metro Detroit, and the creator and curator of the online educational series “Office Hours with Kris Johnson”.

Lulu Fall

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Lulu Fall is a singer, award-winning songwriter and actor currently based in Detroit. She won the Mid-Atlantic Song Competition and was awarded Gold and Silver for her songs “Fight” and “No Better” in the R&B category. Most recently, Lulu’s single “Between Two Worlds” won honorable mention in the R&B category of the International Songwriting Competition. Between Two Worlds, Lulu’s 4th album, was released in 2019 under Ropeadope Records.

Darell “Red” Campbell, Jr

Artist Website

Darell Campbell, Jr. is a Detroit-raised, award winning musician, songwriter, producer, teacher, and preacher. His fingerprint has recorded with The Dramatics, WAR, India Arie, Stevie Wonder, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Anita Baker, Kris Johnson, Mary Wilson, Mike Powell, Dorinda Clark-Cole, HotSauce, Yolanda Adams, LaToya Turrentine, Obie Trice, Freyda Payne, Eminem, MTV, VH1.


  • Open to youth ages 13-18 years old

Program Requirements

  • Access to a computer with broadband internet access (Google Chrome is preferred) or smartphone/tablet
  • An email address
  • A webcam
  • Speakers or headphones
  • An external or internal microphone

Program Schedule

Specific program schedule will be available prior to workshop.
The workshop will operate in person at Motown Museum campus Monday–Friday 9AM – 5PM.
Final virtual showcase performance will be broadcast at 7PM on Friday July 16, 2021

Registration Process

Application Deadline: July 1, 2021

Application Checklist

  • Complete the online application form

Your application must include:

  • Audition video recording of an original track
  • PDF of the original lyrics from your track
  • personal statement video that tells the story about who you are as an artist, what your goals are, and why you desire admission into the Lyric Project
  • most recent school report card
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Will Motown Museum require students to have obtained a COVID vaccine in order to participate in Summer 2021 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!

What is the cost to participate?

This online program is available at no cost to participate thanks to the generous support of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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