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

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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.

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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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MOTOWN MIC: The Spoken Word Competition

Ages 16+ | Open Auditions

Grand Finale

TBD

Age Range

16+

Open Auditions

Rocket Plaza at Motown Museum

Audition Dates

July 15, 22, 29

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.  

Open Auditions

  • July 15 | 6:30 – 8:30PM
  • July 22 | 6:30 – 8:30PM
  • July 29 | 6:30 – 8:30PM

Prizes

The Grand Prize-Winning Act will receive:

  • The title of 2023 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.

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