The Otis Music Camp Goes Digital!

Unable to gather in person due to COVID-19, Otis Redding Foundation went digital with the 13th annual Otis Music Camp  presenting OMC 2.0: The Virtual Experience. The virtual camp was held June 8-12, with the continued mission of enhancing and motivating young minds in music and the arts. To ensure that kids did not miss out on the immersive music camp, ORF partnered with innovative companies such as BlueJeans by Verizon and SoundTrap to release its latest version. 26 campers had the chance to converse and learn from industry greats in various aspects of the music industry including: songwriting , marketing/PR, entertainment law and everything in between.

Read more about OMC 2.0 and the special guests HERE.

Parents and students are encouraged to sign-up for personalized virtual music lessons in voice, piano, guitar and engineering through the Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts.

Email foundation@otisreddingfoundation.org for more information.

SCHEDULE 

Subject to Change

Monday, June 8 – The Art of Songwriting sponsored by GEICO
8:45 – 9:00: Pre-Camp Morning Mix with Camper DKOMX
9:00 – 10:00: Welcome, Introductions, Genre selection, Coach assignments
10:00 – 10:30: Vocal Warm Ups (Jayme Alilaw, Kimberly Epps)
10:30 – 10:45: GA Artist of the Day Podcast (Jayme Alilaw, Matt Miller) – Otis Redding, Little Richard
10:45 – 11:00: Break
11:00 – 12:00: Group Breakouts, Discussion of song creations/collaborations or individual/Splitsheets (Kimberly Epps, Dawn Jackson, everyone)
12:00 – 12:45: Lunch
12:45 – 1:00: Preview of Guest Speakers: Billy Mann & Alex Aiono (Justin Andrews)
1:00 – 1:30: Master class in Songwriting with Billy Mann
1:30 – 2:00: Master class in Social Media with Alex Aiono
2:00 – 3:30: Soundtrap training (Matt Miller)
3:30 – 3:45: Daily Pop Quiz
3:45 – 4:00: Wrap-Up

Tuesday, June 9 – The Art of Marketing sponsored by Monterey Pop Festival Foundation
8:45 – 9:00: Pre-Camp Morning Mix with Camper DKOMX
9:00 – 9:15: Welcome, Overview of Today’s Schedule
9:15 – 9:45: Vocal Warm Ups
9:45 -10:00: GA Artist of the Day Podcast (Jayme Alilaw, Matt Miller) – Chloe & Halle, Indigo Girls
10:00 -10:15 Break
10:15 – 10:45: Beginner & Intermediate Theory (Flint Dollar)
10:45 – 11:45: Introduction to OMC challenge: CREATE YOUR PRESS KIT (Isaac Hamm & JT Marshall)
11:45 – 12:00: Introduction to Master Class in Marketing/PR
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch
1:00 – 2:00: Master Class in Marketing/PR with Aliyah Crawford & Karen Lee (W&W PR) 
2:00 – 3:30: Breakout sessions: Songwriting
3:30 – 3:45: Daily Pop Quiz
3:45 – 4:00: Wrap-Up

Wednesday, June 10 – The Art of Entertainment Law sponsored by Knight Foundation
8:45 – 9:00: Pre-Camp Morning Mix with Camper DKOMX
9:00 – 9:30: Welcome, Overview of Today’s Schedule
9:30 – 10:00: Vocal Warm Ups
10:00 – 10:15: GA Artist of the Day Podcast (Jayme Alilaw, Matt Miller) – Khujo, Cee-Lo Green
10:15 – 10:30:  Break
10:30 – 11:00: Beginner & Intermediate Theory (Flint Dollar)
11:00 – 12:00: Breakout Discussions on Press Kit/Songwriting
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch
1:00 – 1:30: Master Class in Entertainment Law with Derek Crownover (Loeb & Loeb)
1:30 – 2:00: Master Class with Bren Joy (Warner Music Group Artist)
2:00 – 3:30: Breakout Sessions, Songwriting, Theory
3:30 – 3:45: Daily Pop Quiz
3:45 – 4:00: Wrap-Up

Thursday, June 11 – Concord Music Group & Indie Label Day
8:45 – 9:00: Pre-Camp Morning Mix with Camper DKOMX
9:00 – 9:30: Welcome, Overview of Today’s Schedule, Vocal Warm Ups, GA/Concord Artist of the Day Podcast (Jayme Alilaw, Matt Miller) – Widespread Panic, Ray Charles, Black Pumas
9:30 – 11:00: Breakout sessions/songwriting
11:30 – 12:00: Beginner & Intermediate Theory (Flint Dollar)
12:00 – 1:00:  Break/Lunch
1:00 – 1:30: Master Class in Indie Music with Eric Burton (lead singer for the Black Pumas) and Ryan Matteson (manager)
1:30 – 2:00: Master Class in Music Publishing and Distribution with Tom DeSavia and Michele Smith (Concord Music Group)
2:00 – 2:30: Master Class in Music Distribution with Ron Andre Elvis Telford (Creative Titans Music)
2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 3:30:  Breakout sessions/songwriting
3:30 – 3:45: Daily Pop Quiz
3:45 – 4:00: Wrap-Up

Friday, June 12 – Empowerment Day sponsored by Griffith Family Foundation 
8:45 – 9:00: Pre-Camp Morning Mix with Camper DKOMX
9:00 – 9:30: Welcome
9:30 – 10:00: Vocal Warm Ups
10:00 – 10:15: GA Artist of the Day Podcast (Jayme Alilaw, Matt Miller) – Normani, Deante Hitchcock
10:15 – 10:30: Break
10:30 – 11:00: Beginner & Intermediate Theory (Flint Dollar)
11:00 – 12:00: Master Class on Home Studios (Vinson Muhammad, Josh Garner, Zach Wilson, Dawn Jackson)
12:00 – 1:00: Break/Lunch
1:00 – 2:00: Master Class with Surprise Guest
2:00 – 3:30: Breakout sessions, wrap up songwriting, press kits etc.
3:30 – 3:45: Daily Pop Quiz
3:45 – 4:00: Wrap-Up

Otis Music Camp Coaches

Dawn Jackson’s family builds pedal steel guitars and other stringed instruments (Jackson Steel Guitar Company). She writes, records and produces music, and has a publishing company/indie record label called Sho-Bud Music. Her non-profit, Shine On Haiti, donates instruments and establishes music schools in Haiti.

Flint Dollar has been over music programs in almost every Christian Denomination. Flint completed his Master’s Degree in Organ Performance in 2010 and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Indiana State University. He is currently Director of Choral Activities at Kate Collins Middle School in Waynesboro, Va.

Jayme Alilaw is a classically trained Soprano and U.S. Army veteran, with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has sung with the Atlanta Opera Chorus and performs community outreach for The Atlanta Opera and Capital City Opera. She teaches voice and piano lessons in Atlanta.

Joiterius (JT) Marshall is the Director of the Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts and DREAM Team, as well as a graphic designer, singer/songwriter, worship leader, and minister in Macon. In 2015, Joiterius became the Worship Leader at Living Sanctuary Fellowship Church.

Josh Garner is a singer, songwriter, and guitar player from Macon. Josh has been singing and playing guitar for the last eight years and got his start in songwriting at the Otis Music Camp. He studied music at Jan Smith Studios and Berklee College of Music.

Justin Andrews is the Director of Special Projects & Outreach at the Otis Redding Foundation and the assistant camp manager for the Otis Music Camp. He serves on the boards of Macon Arts Alliance, Macon Film Festival, and Macon Pops (where he also serves as event coordinator).

Karla Redding-Andrews is the VP/Executive Director for the Otis Redding Foundation and co-founder of the Otis Music Camp. Karla is vice-chair of the Georgia Music Foundation board and serves on the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. 

Kimberly Kelsey Epps is a singer, actress, and songwriter who has starred in productions of Annie, The Wiz, and Freedom Theatre’s production of Sparkle. Epps has worked with Randy Jackson, Daryll Simmons, and more. Epps’ list of credits includes American Idol, Grammy Urban Music Award recipient, and one of Teen People’s Up and Coming Artists.

Leila Regan-Porter is the executive assistant at the Otis Redding Foundation. Leila is the president of the Bragg Jam board. She was editor of Southeast Performer, manager of Eddie’s Attic, and has written for Paste Magazine, Performing Songwriter, and Atlanta Magazine.

Matt Miller is a professional saxophonist. A graduate of New School University in New York City, with a BFA in Jazz and Contemporary Music, Matt has studied and performed with world-class musicians in New York City, Philadelphia, and Georgia. Matt currently teaches at Tapestry Public Charter School.

Saxton Keitt has been a part of Otis Music Camp for 10 years. Keitt plays the piano, bass, and drums. He has performed with Tye Tribette, JJ Hairston, Vashawn Mitchell, and Joe Pace. Keitt is a rising senior at Benedict College and plans to attend medical school and become a cardiovascular surgeon.

Tyler K. Rogers is a junior at Middle Georgia State University, where he is working on a degree concentration in Contemporary Musicianship and is an active Baritone in the school’s Chambers Singers. He is also the Worship & Arts Director of The Healing Experience Ministries of Macon.

Vinson Muhammad, AKA ALäZ, is a graduate of Morehouse College and an award-winning artist, composer, and host. He has been featured by All Def Music, the Grammy Museum, and the Final Call. He has worked with Erykah Badu, Bootsy Collins, and Snoop Dogg.

Zach Wilson is a graduate of Kennesaw State University, where he majored in Music Performance with a concentration on Jazz Piano. Wilson has been playing piano since the age of five and was an Otis Music Camper for many years. He has served as a camp coach for the past five years.

Presenters

Billy Mann

Billy Mann is Chairman of MCP (Manncom Creative Partners) and Topline Songs. 

With over 110 million albums sold, a Grammy-nominated talent himself, Billy Mann has personally written and/or produced songs for P!nk, John Legend, Sting, Cher, Joss Stone, Robyn, Anastacia and many others.

Alex Aiono

Alex Aiono has been steadily expanding his fan base since he began writing and recording at age 15. After nearly a billion views, 500 million streams, Top 10 hits of his own, sold out tours around the world, starring movie roles and crafting songs for other platinum artists, his unique calling as a multi-hyphenate creator embraced Alex on his twenty third birthday. 

Isaac Hamm

Isaac M. Hamm III is the CEO and Founder of IM3Media.com, a marketing and brand management company. Isaac has worked with many organizations and celebrities such as The City of Philadelphia, The City of Atlanta, The United Negro College Fund, Grammy Award Winner Algebra Blessett, and SWV.

Aliyah Crawford

Aliyah Crawford is Senior Vice President and co-owner of W&W PR, which has implemented strategies and campaigns for clients including, Patti LaBelle, Alicia Keys, Jermaine Dupri, Ludacris, Chris Paul, Usher, Nick Cannon, Rasheed Wallace, Bow Wow, Ciara, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Steve Harvey, and Holly Robinson Peete.

Karen Lee

Karen E. Lee is is Senior Vice President at W&W Public Relations, where she has worked with Curtis Mayfield, Tamia, Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan, Seal, Eric Benet, Lalah Hathaway, Charlie Wilson, Kirk Whalum, Tupac Shakur, the Estate of Barry White, and Chris Brown’s Symphonic Love Foundation.

Derek Crownover

Derek Crownover is a recognized leader in the music, entertainment, sports and media industries, counseling publishing companies, independent record labels, singers and songwriters who own their copyrights, and music publishing administration companies on licensing, liability matters and related litigation.

Bren Joy

The revelry of 2019’s Twenties has established Bren Joy as a raw and indispensable singer, songwriter, lyricist, and pianist leading the new wave of R&B. On his eight-track EP, which has amassed over 5.7 million streams on Spotify, the 23-year-old fused elements of jazz, hip-hop, pop, and gospel with experimental soul music while offering an emotional sojourn into the complexities of early adulthood.

Tom DeSavia

Prior to joining Concord Music Publishing, DeSavia was A&R/Head of Creative Services for SONGS Music Publishing, where he managed a large portion of the pubco’s roster. He spent many years at ASCAP, where he served as SVP of Membership, heading up the PRO’s pop/rock staff, managing offices in LA, NYC, and Chicago.

Michele Smith

Michele Smith is the Vice President of Estate & Legacy Brand Management for Craft Recordings, the home of Concord’s music catalog. Smith works with the theatrical properties represented by Concord as well as the company’s Film, & TV, Direct-to-Consumer and Publishing areas to drive revenue growth by maximizing existing assets, exploiting ancillary rights and creating additional enterprise opportunities across multiple channels for Concord’s dynamic repertoire.

Ron André Elvis Telford

Ron Telford is the co-founder and CMO of Creative Titans Music, Inc., a hybrid music company leading at the forefront of the artist management and music publishing world. He oversees the management of Grammy-Winning Producer Walshy Fire, Grammy-Winning Producer IzyBeats, Electric Punanny, JPerry, Gabrielle “GG” Stok, Popeye Caution, Bassto, David Lyn, Humby and more. Creative Titans has recently inked a joint-venture partnership with Concord Music Publishing.

Eric Burton

Eric Burton is the lead singer of Austin, TX band Black Pumas. Described as “Wu-Tang Clan meets James Brown” by KCRW, Black Pumas were the winner of Best New Band at the 2019 Austin Music Awards, and were nominated for Best New Artist at the 2020 Grammys.

Ryan Matteson

Ryan Matteson is the founder and president of Ten Atoms. He manages Black Pumas, Whitney, Japanese Breakfast, the Mountain Goats, and many more. Prior to founding his own company Ryan worked as an artist manager at C3 where he also helped produce Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits Music festivals for 7 years.

GA Artist of The Day Podcast

Georgia Artist of the Day - Episode 1 - Otis Redding and Little Richard

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      Georgia Artist of the Day - Episode 1 - Otis Redding and Little Richard

Georgia Artist of the Day - Episode 2 - Chloe & Halle, Indigo Girls

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      Georgia Artist of the Day - Episode 2 - Chloe & Halle, Indigo Girls

Georgia Artist of the Day - Episode 3 - Khujo, Cee-Lo

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      Georgia Artist of the Day - Episode 3 - Khujo, Cee-Lo

Georgia Artist of the Day - Episode 4 - Widespread Panic, Ray Charles, Black Pumas

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      Georgia Artist of the Day - Episode 4 - Widespread Panic, Ray Charles, Black Pumas

Georgia Artist of the Day - Episode Five - Normani, Deante Hitchcock

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      Georgia Artist of the Day - Episode Five - Normani, Deante Hitchcock

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