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.


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.

December 6, 2021

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

November 22, 2021 in DREAMcast, News

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, News

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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November 22, 2021 in DREAMcast, News

DREAMcast Season 3 Episode 2: Cigarettes and Coffee with Alicia Yaffe— October 18, 2021 | DREAMcast, News

This week we are joined by Alicia Yaffe, Senior Vice President of Catalog Development and Marketing at Warner Music Group Catalog. Alicia shares the winding road that took her from…
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November 22, 2021 in DREAMcast, News

DREAMcast Season 3 Episode 1: Otis – A New Look with Jared Wright— September 16,2021 | DREAMcast, News

In this episode, we spoke with the multifaceted Jared Wright,a Macon-based curator, archivist, and historian who specializes in 20th century popular culture and music. He has led award-winning exhibition projects,…
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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.