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

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 a mixed performance group comprised of students aged 12-18 singing and performing a variety of classic, soul, and pop songs.

The Otis Redding Foundation is expanding the highly successful original Otis Music Camp by offering after-school and school break programming for students K-5 at the Tubman Museum and Theatre Macon in Downtown Macon. In partnership with the Tubman Museum and Theatre Macon, Camp DREAM’s inaugural session took place during Fall Break (October 9-12, 2018). Otis Music Camp coaches cover: Songwriting; Percussion; Piano; Theater; Voice; Dance; 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 week.