SPARK is a day camp for middle school aged participants to explore career opportunities available in the music industry and to develop their artistic talent. This program fosters self-esteem, self-expression, and self-efficacy by engaging in vocal performance, songwriting, production/beat making, and dancing. This summer camp will build self-confidence, enhance personal expression and teamwork skills, develop comfort performing on stage all while learning about the history of one of Detroit’s iconic contributions to pop culture and the lessons to be learned from the legacy of Motown Records.
Example of Workshops during Camp:
- Group Singing Lessons
- Beatmaking / Production
- Guest Artist Presentations
- Music Industry Career Panel
- Create your own Music Video
- Demystifying Songwriting
- Open to middle school aged participants completing grades 5-7 grades in the year prior to the camp that are interested in singing and beatmaking
- Singers with at least 1-2 years of experience
Application Deadline: July 8, 2022Apply Now
- Complete the online application form using Acceptd
Your application must include:
- Most recent school report card that shows your name, grade and school
This program is a non-audition-based program. It is limited to 30 participants, and are admitted on a first come, first served basis.
Review, admission, and notification for late applications will be on a rolling basis. Admissions decisions will not be given by phone.
What is the cost to participate?
Admitted participants will be selected by application and provided a full scholarship to attend this program thanks to the generous support of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, Kresge Foundation, MONAT® We are Modern Nature, and Detroit Memorial Park.
Do I have to audition?
No. While there is not an audition for this program, all completed application materials must be received by the deadline. We encourage students that are interested in exploring their creative potential to apply online by the application deadline.
I am not a 6-9 grade student, can I still participate in the program?
The curriculum framework for the Spark Summer Camp is research-based and developmentally appropriate and is therefore only open to youth that are completing grades 5-8 in the year prior to the summer workshop. Older students should explore our other summer opportunities.
I have to miss a few days of camp; can I still attend?
Because of the nature of this being a performance-based collaborative program, unfortunately participants will need to be available for every day of camp in order to attend.
Are participants required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in Summer 2022 Programs?
All activities will follow local social distancing and other COVID-19 guidelines and CDC recommendations. Our Museum programs are not currently restricted to those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. 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. For more information visit our Safety Measures page.