MACON, GA – The Otis Redding Foundation has partnered with Georgia Music Foundation and Mrs. G’s Music Foundation to present the fourth Otis Music Camp in Albany. OMC 2.0: The Virtual Experience will go live at the Boys and Girls Club of Albany, July 6-10.
“My father was born less than 30 minutes away from Albany, in Dawson,” says Karla Redding-Andrews, daughter of Otis Redding and VP/executive director for the Otis Redding Foundation. “So bringing this program from Macon to near his birthplace to serve this community is very meaningful to me.”
The virtual experience continues Redding’s mission of enhancing and motivating young minds in music and the arts. Production/engineering, songwriting and music theory will be taught by the OMC coaches.
“Our team felt connected to the awesome kids and staff at Boys & Girls Club of Albany from the very beginning,” says Lisa Love, director for the Georgia Music Foundation. “And we feel privileged to support them for the fourth year in a row with access to the Otis Music Camp online.”
This year’s challenge will be to write songs around the themes of Ban Hate, Love All Over the World, and Empowerment. The collaborative music recording platform Soundtrap will aid the 60 campers as they collaborate virtually to create 4 songs around the themes.
“Every year our members look forward to participating in the week-long music camp. When COVID-19 hit, we were worried the camp would not take place,” says Sherrie Maxwell, SPHR, chief operating officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Albany. “Thankfully with technology, the camp will be offered virtually, and we believe our members will be excited about this year’s program. This is the perfect avenue for our members who are budding artists to begin crafting their skill and ultimately reach their full potential as responsible, productive citizens.”
About Otis Redding Foundation: Otis Redding Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Macon, Ga. Founded in 2007, ORF looks to empower, enrich and motivate all young people through programs involving music, writing and instrumentation. For additional information visit https://otisreddingfoundation.org, follow the foundation on Facebook and Instagram.