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

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.

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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.

Expansion

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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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  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 10am-6pm
  • Thursday: 10am-6pm
  • Friday: 10am-6pm
  • Saturday: 10am-8pm
  • Sunday: 10am-6pm
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Spark Summer Camp

6 – 8 Grade | August 6 - 16

Program Date

August 6 - 16

Program Time

9AM - 4PM

Age Range

6 - 8 Grade

Program Location

Hitsville NEXT Campus

Application Deadline

July 3rd

Program Details

For middle-school students passionate about music, we offer Spark, a day camp that helps students write and perform music together. In addition to exploring different career opportunities in the music industry, Spark aims to foster creativity, self-expression, and the Motown legacy. 

This Summer Camp at Hitsville NEXT is a day camp that provides a safe space for middle school youth to explore their artistic talent and career opportunities available in the music industry. This camp is designed to draw connections between music creation and business development, exposing participants to the parallels between the music industry and entrepreneurship.  

Participants attend workshops that cover career topics such as songwriting, beat making, and performance. Immersed in the legacy of Motown, participants will actively engage with Motown Alumni and music industry professionals as they develop the understanding of what it takes to create their own original music.   

Master classes and workshops provide high level facets of teaching discovery through each career focus, advocating for oneself, and developing an understanding that no one path is the same. This camp provides safe space for young creatives to explore, enabling them to discover talent within.

Example of Workshops during Camp: 

  • Group Singing Lessons 
  • Beatmaking / Production 
  • Guest Artist Presentations 
  • Music Industry Career Panel 
  • Create your own Music Video
  • Demystifying Songwriting 

Eligibility

  • Open to middle school aged participants completing grades 5 – 7 in the year prior to camp that are interested in singing and music performance
  • Singers with at least 1-2 years of experience 

Application Process

Application Deadline: July 3rd

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Application Checklist

  • Complete the online application form using Acceptd 

Your application must include: 

  • Most recent school report card that shows your name, grade and school

Need help uploading? Email programs@motownmuseum.org

Admission Notification

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.

 


Admitted campers will be provided a full scholarship to attend this program thanks to the generous support of:

  • Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co.
  • DTE Foundation
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Michigan Arts & Culture Council
  • Detroit Memorial Park
  • Elaine Stern Foundation

FAQs 

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 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.

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