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  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday: 10:00am - 6:00pm

We are closed on New Years Day, Memorial Day, 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
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MOTOWN MIC: The Spoken Word Competition


Ages 16+ | March - April

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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Spark Summer Camp
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Spark Summer Camp


6 – 9 Grade | August 2 - 13, 2021

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

Lyric Project


Ages 13-18 | June 21 – July 2

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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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 Singing Competition


December 4, 2020

Comcast Channel 900

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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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Museum Hours

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
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Lyric Project

Ages 13-18 | June 21 – July 2

Lyric Project

Program Dates

June 21 – July 2 2021

Age Range

13 – 18

Online Platform

Zoom

Application Deadline

June 1 2021

Registration Fee

$25

Program Details

Throughout history, the full gamut of human emotions and concerns has been expressed in song. During this 2-week virtual workshop, participants will be immersed in the basics of songwriting, music production, and how to communicate powerful emotion. Participants will also learn about the tradition of protest songs in the United States and the role that Motown Records played in societal change. They 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.

Eligibility

  • Open to youth ages 13-18 years old
  • Applicants will need to complete a Hitsville NEXT virtual course (available May 2021)
  • No prior experience with singing or songwriting or production needed

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 in the spring.
The program typically operates Monday–Friday 10:00AM-2:00PM

Registration Process

Online application form will be available in May 2021
Application Deadline: June 1, 2021

Application Checklist

  • Complete the online application
  • Complete select Hitsville NEXT virtual course (available May 2021)
  • Submit an original track and set of lyrics after completing guided tutorials as part of the Hitsville NEXT virtual course
  • Pay the non-refundable application fee of $25

FAQs

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 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.

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.

If I miss a day, can I still participate?

Yes. Although, the impact of missing a day is similar to missing a weekly class for a college course, so we recommend prioritizing attendance at all events.

Can I have access to the forum after?

The instructional material and workshop notes will be available online to access outside of the scheduled workshop time. We encourage them to connect with other peers to catch up on what they missed from the in-meeting group dialogue.

What technology is needed for me to attend?

For the best experience we recommend access to a computer with the latest version of Google Chrome or a smartphone/tablet, an email address, a webcam, speakers or headphones, an external or internal microphone and broadband internet connection or cellular data.

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