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  • Closed for tours through January 31, 2023
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  • Beginning December 2, visit our MUSEUM STORE inside HITSVILLE NEXT located next door to the Museum
  • Wed - Sun: 10am - 6pm
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  • We look forward to welcoming you back in February 2023!

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.

Current Exhibit

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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Amplify: The Sound of Detroit


Ages 16+ | September - December

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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Ignite Summer Camp
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Ignite Summer Camp


9 - 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 – 8 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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Events

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

Hitsville NEXT Events

AMPLIFY the Sound of Detroit


March 2022

TBD

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Motown MIC: The Spoken Word Competition


August 2022

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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

  • Closed for tours through January 31, 2023
  • • • • • • • •
  • Beginning December 2, visit our MUSEUM STORE inside HITSVILLE NEXT located next door to the Museum
  • Wed - Sun: 10am - 6pm
  • • • • • • • •
  • We look forward to welcoming you back in February 2023!
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Closed for tours from November 28, 2022 through January 31, 2023.

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MOTOWN MIC: The Spoken Word Competition

Ages 16+ | January 2022 - April 2022

Program Dates

January 2022 - April 2022

Age Range

16+

Program Location

Online

Performance Date

TBD

Extended Application Deadline

December 19, 2021

Application Fee

$30

Program Details

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 as a venue for Black expression and education. The label served to capture the voices of African American poets and orators such as Langston Hughes, Stokely Carmichael, Elaine Brown, Ossie Davis and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose moving and inspirational “I Have A Dream” speech was recorded by the label. As Motown revolutionized the music industry, its Black Forum Label documented the social consciousness of a generation— Motown Mic: The Spoken Word is a continuation of that rich legacy.

Eligibility

  • Contestants must be 16 years or older. Contestants under 18 must submit a performance release for minors signed by a parent/legal guardian.
  • Contestants must be solo acts.
  • If selected as a finalist, contestants must be present, in person, at Hitsville NEXT for the dress rehearsal and grand finale.  
  • Motown Museum expects all performances to be family-friendly. Lyrics containing profane, vulgar or explicit sexual lyrics will not be allowed.

Employees of Motown Museum and immediate family of anyone on the judges’ panel are ineligible to apply.  

In addition, please be advised that neither Motown Museum, no their successors and assigns will pay contestants to compete at this event.  

Application Process

Extended Application Deadline: December 19, 2021

  • Complete the online application form  
  • Upload a video of you performing an original topic on the topic below. The piece you audition with will also be the same piece you perform for the Grand Finale.  
  • TOPIC: 2021 saw the relaunch of Motown Records Black Forum label – a platform for new generations of writers, thinkers and poets to amplify and inspire the voices of all people and perspectives. This year, Motown MIC celebrates all of the labels of Motown Records and their continued ability to transcended barriers and foster unity, harmony, and love amongst all. As you pen your entry for the 2021 Motown MIC do so on the topic: “As you pen your entry for the 2021 Motown MIC do so on the topic: “How Motown’s music changed America”  
  • 3 minutes in length. Judges will issue a 1 point deduction should a piece exceed or fall short of the 10 second grace period. 
  • A panel of judges will review and score applications based on the Judge Rubric.  

Prizes

The Grand Prize-Winning Act will receive:

  • The title of 2022 Motown MIC: The Spoken Word Artist of the Year
  • $3,000 Cash Prize  
  • Engagement with Motown Records Black Forum Label executives
  • Published on a literary broadside through Broadside Lotus Press  
  • 2 hour studio session in Hitsville NEXT Stern Recording Studio  
  • Be featured in a nationally released Press Release for the Grand Finale, and be taken on a Media Tour as well as continued promotion of the winners’ achievements through our social channels, website, and e-Newsletter
  • Your performance featured on the Motown Museum website and YouTube Channel  
  • Opportunity to perform at various events throughout the year for Hitsville NEXT and its affiliates 

The Second Place Act will receive:

  • $2,000 Cash Prize  
  • Be featured in a nationally released Press Release for the Grand Finale, and be mentioned on Motown Museum’s website and social media channels 
  • Opportunity to perform at various events throughout the year for Hitsville NEXT and its affiliates 

The Third Place Act will receive:

  • $1,000 Cash Prize  
  • Be featured in a nationally released Press Release for the Grand Finale, and be mentioned on Motown Museum’s website and social media channels  
  • Opportunity to perform at various events throughout the year for Hitsville NEXT and its affiliates 

Prize Redemption Rules:

All prizes must be redeemed by the winner(s) within one year (365 days) of the Grand Prize announcement. Failure to redeem within one year will result in forfeiture of any unused portion of the prize(s).

  • The prize cannot be claimed by third parties on behalf of winner(s). Unless the winner(s) is under 18, then a parent/guardian must claim the prize.
  • There is no substitution, transfer or cash equivalent for prizes, except at the sole discretion of Motown Museum and its affiliates.
  • Each prize is expressly limited to the item(s)/service(s) listed above and does not include taxes, gratuities or any other expenses.
  • Payments of all federal, state and local taxes related to the award of the above prize(s) are solely the responsibility of the winner(s). The winner(s) will be required to complete and submit an IRS Form W-9 with the winner’s full Social Security Number or the equivalent for receipt of any prize valued at $600 or more and such winnings will be reported to the IRS. Failure to submit a completed W-9 or equivalent will result in forfeiture of prize.

The Motown Museum staff will not act as representation or management for the winning act. No contract negotiations will be made on the party’s behalf.


FAQs

I’m having issues uploading my application, what should I do?  

Should you have any issues submitting your application, please click here 

 

I’m concerned about the application fee, what should I do?  

If the application fee is an issue, please contact programs@motownmuseum.org. Financial aid is available.  

 

Do I qualify to have the application fee waived? 

Application fee waivers are available for applicants that qualify. You qualify for a fee waiver if:  

18 and under: 

  • College Board SAT or ACT fee waiver documentation. For more information on the College Board fee waiver process, please visit their website. 
  • Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL) documentation. 
  • Documentation showing that the school has waived the common applicant fee 

19 and older: 

  • Most Recent FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR). Must be within 2 years of fee waiver request to be eligible. 
  • Unemployment Benefits Statement from the past 90 days. 
  • Documentation showing that the school has waived the common applicant fee  

If you qualify, to apply for a fee waiver please click here. 

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