Our story starts with our passion for improvement

Otis Redding was dedicated to improving the quality of life for our community through the education and empowerment of its youth. Prior to his untimely passing in 1967, Otis Redding was already awarding scholarships to young students continuing their education. After his death, his widow Mrs. Zelma Redding continued his philanthropic efforts, and established the Otis Redding Foundation in his honor in 2007. With its roots in music, the Foundation offers opportunities for youth to exercise their talents and expand their abilities.

Our programs are designed to inspire and empower youth in music and the arts.

Camp DREAM

A one week summer camp that teaches creative arts to elementary school children. Throughout the week, campers will learn about piano, guitar, percussion, stage movement, and work together to write a song that they will perform at the end of the week.

OTIS Music Camp

A two week camp in the summer with a focus on songwriting, music theory, vocal and performance technique, and music business. Throughout the camp, campers will learn from industry professionals, write songs, learn to collaborate, and participate in a finale performance.

The DREAM Cast

A bi-weekly podcast created by the students of the Otis Music Camp in Macon, Georgia, a project of the Otis Redding Foundation. Each episode of the DREAMcast will feature stories and conversations with exceptional artists from our hometown of Macon, GA and around the world.

July 6, 2022

Otis Redding Foundation Awarded and Recognized as a Southern Cultural Treasure by South Arts

June 22, 2022 in News

Macon’s Grand Opera House Filled with Heart & Soul as Otis Music Camp Finale Takes Center Stage After Three Years of Virtual Performances

Hundreds filed into the Grand Opera House in Macon on Saturday in anticipation of the Otis Redding Foundation’s (ORF) 15th Annual Otis Music Camp (OMC) Grand Finale Performance - the…
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December 6, 2021 in DREAMcast

DREAMcast Season 3 Episode 5: Confidence and Faith with Saxton Keitt— December 3, 2021 | DREAMcast, News

Featuring Marsha N. Wilson, Creative, Film and Television Costumer, and Otis Music Camp Coach. In this episode, we hear from Marsha N. Wilson, Film and Television Costumer and all-around Creative.…
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November 22, 2021 in DREAMcast

DREAMcast Season 3 Episode 4: Living In Your Own Skin with Marsha N. Wilson— November 15, 2021 | DREAMcast, News

Featuring Marsha N. Wilson, Creative, Film and Television Costumer, and Otis Music Camp Coach. In this episode, we hear from Marsha N. Wilson, Film and Television Costumer and all-around Creative.…
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November 22, 2021 in DREAMcast

DREAMcast Season 3 Episode 3: Raising Mentors with The Mentor’s Project— November 1, 2021 | DREAMcast, News

This episode features the empowering story of The Mentor's Project of Bibb County and the impact it is having on Middle Georgia. We hear from the Director of The Mentor's…
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Take a walk through history

The Otis Redding Museum is located on Cotton Avenue right in the heart of Downtown of Macon, and has many Otis Redding treasures and merchandise that are exclusive to the museum. All proceeds from donations and items sold in the store benefit the Otis Redding Foundation’s programs.