To empower, enrich and motivate...

The Otis Redding Foundation’s mission is to empower, enrich, and motivate all young people through programs involving music, writing and instrumentation.


Each partnership and program sponsored since its inception in 2007 supports the philanthropic commitment of Otis Redding to empower and enlighten all young people to fulfill their dreams.

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.


The Otis Music Camp takes place over 11 days in June in Macon, Ga. for ages 12-18. Otis Music Campers experience a high level of music forums conducted by key leaders in the industry. Professional and collegiate musicians come from across the world to develop the voices and instrumental abilities of campers

Otis Music Camp 2.0: The Virtual Experience

The Otis Redding Foundation will go digital with Otis Music Camp 2.0.  Powered by BlueJeans the virtual experience will be held June 8-12, with the continued mission of enhancing and motivating young minds in music and the arts. To ensure that kids do not miss out on the immersive music camp due to COVID-19, ORF has released its latest update of the camp, OMC 2.0. This version will feature group vocal warm-ups, master class presentations and access to their own home studio using the platform Soundtrap.

The Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts offers private lessons for ages 5-18 in piano, strings, guitar, drums, voice, theory, production/engineering, and more, as well as songwriting workshops throughout the year

The DREAM Team is composed of performers ages 12-18, performing a mixture of classics, soul, and pop. They have performed across the country from the White House to Nashville’s Ryman Theatre and Princess Cruises, and are available for special events. For more information, email



The Otis Redding Foundation, together with the Legacy Builders Foundation, present after-school and school break programming for students K-5. Otis Music Camp coaches cover: Songwriting, Percussion, Piano, Theater, Voice, Dance and Visual Arts. These areas will integrate to create one project, culminating in a performance to showcase the work all the students have done over the weeks. Previous locations have included: The Academy for Classical Education, Campus Clubs Macon, Burdell-Hunt Elementary School, and the Tubman Museum.