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Hitsville Next

Hitsville Next Hitsville Next by Motown Museum is a creative hub offering an impactful slate of signature programs, workshops and events designed to activate and inspire future generations of artists and entrepreneurs.

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09/02/2022

LAST DAY TO APPLY: Amplify the Sound of Detroit is our premiere artist development program. Through two months of workshops, coaching and rehearsals we aim to provide the necessary guidance our city’s next generation of culture-shifting talent deserves.

Know someone 16+ who may be a good fit? Apply here: https://app.getacceptd.com/hitsvillenext

Motown Museum

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: AMPLIFY the Sound of Detroit is an annual artist development program designed to provide a platfor...
08/20/2022

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: AMPLIFY the Sound of Detroit is an annual artist development program designed to provide a platform for our city’s next generation of culture-shifting talent.

Know a singer or group aged 16+ who may be a good fit to receive one-on-one sessions with award winning music executives, professional styling, studio time, vocal coaching, live performance development, professional headshots and – ultimately – a chance to compete to win a $5,000 cash prize?

Tell them they have until September 2 at 9PM ET to apply here: https://app.getacceptd.com/hitsvillenext



Motown Museum

We are so excited to announce that our 2020 & 2021 Amplify Artists of the Year: Brittney B Hayden & Travis Soul-Singer w...
06/27/2022

We are so excited to announce that our 2020 & 2021 Amplify Artists of the Year: Brittney B Hayden & Travis Soul-Singer will be featured on the WDIV Detroit Duets before the Ford Fireworks tonight!

A special thank you to WDIV Local 4 / ClickOnDetroit, and another shoutout to our producer, Red, for the track!

Motown Museum

Work with award-winning industry Artists, Engineers & Motown Alumni to produce the NEXT hit, and create a performance re...
06/15/2022

Work with award-winning industry Artists, Engineers & Motown Alumni to produce the NEXT hit, and create a performance ready version of your song!

Applications are open for a limited time: https://bit.ly/HNLP2022

Calling young songwriters, poets & musicians seeking techniques for putting your thoughts into song—join Motown alumni a...
06/02/2022

Calling young songwriters, poets & musicians seeking techniques for putting your thoughts into song—join Motown alumni and industry artists as they guide you to a performance-ready version of your music!

Lyric Project applications are open for a limited time—apply now at https://bit.ly/ApplyHN

Know an aspiring artist in middle school? Have them register for our Spark Summer Camp! Held at Hitsville Next in Detroi...
05/27/2022

Know an aspiring artist in middle school? Have them register for our Spark Summer Camp! Held at Hitsville Next in Detroit, kids will get to arrange & record their own Classic Motown song, create their own music video and much more.

Applications are open! Apply now at https://bit.ly/ApplyHN

Metro Detroit teens are invited to join our in-person Ignite Summer Camp at Hitsville Next! Arrange and record your own ...
05/25/2022

Metro Detroit teens are invited to join our in-person Ignite Summer Camp at Hitsville Next!

Arrange and record your own Classic Motown song, create your own music video and more. Applications are open!

To apply, visit https://bit.ly/ApplyHN

We are excited to announce that we are partnering with Sofar Sounds Detroit to curate a special showcase to celebrate an...
05/10/2022

We are excited to announce that we are partnering with Sofar Sounds Detroit to curate a special showcase to celebrate and highlight some of our talented Amplify: The Sound of Detroit participants.

This will be a show you don't want to miss, so grab your tickets now using code HITSVILLENEXT and they'll make a $3 donation to Motown Museum: https://www.sofarsounds.com/events/39810

How to celebrate?Support local art. Detroit poet Mikhaella Norwood, our 2019 Motown Mic Spoken Word Artist of the Year, ...
04/20/2022

How to celebrate
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Support local art.

Detroit poet Mikhaella Norwood, our 2019 Motown Mic Spoken Word Artist of the Year, is debuting her collection of poetry, "Fruit: Haiku of Haikus for the Blossoming Soul," at the Motown Museum Greektown store on 580 Monroe St.

Stop in, get a copy and immerse yourself in the power of poetry.

The store is open Wednesdays-Saturdays from 11 AM - 6 PM.

04/15/2022
Motown Mic: The Spoken Word 2022 Grand Finale

10 talented poets. $3K cash prize. 100% Motown-inspired. This is the Grand Finale of Motown Mic: The Spoken Word 2022 Grand Finale. Watch the performances, witness the winner and celebrate local Detroit & Midwest artists!

A special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Arts and Culture Council and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

04/08/2022

Hitsville Next Amplify singing competition finalist, Isis Damil, is set for studio time & ready to share what she’s been working so hard on. She's pouring her feelings into her next project.

She says, “I’m writing every day. I want this project to be out here and touch somebody."

We can't wait to hear more of her bold & honest sound. Congratulations Isis!

We're excited to introduce the three accomplished judges responsible for selecting the winner of Motown Mic: The Spoken ...
04/07/2022

We're excited to introduce the three accomplished judges responsible for selecting the winner of Motown Mic: The Spoken Word 2022:

- Aurora Harris, Poet + Broadside Lotus Press Board Member
- Donovan Livingston, Poet + Wake Forest Dean
- Essence Carson, Senior Manager of Label Relations at Motown

Tune in to the Motown Mic Grand Finale on April 15 at 7 PM to see these judges in action!

A special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Arts and Culture Council and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

Celebrate the entreprenurial excellence of the Gordy family—whose innovative DNA sparked one of the most significant mus...
04/04/2022

Celebrate the entreprenurial excellence of the Gordy family—whose innovative DNA sparked one of the most significant musical accomplishments and stunning success stories of the 20th century—with our six-part Hitsville Next Legacy Podcast series.

Listen to all the episodes here: http://bit.ly/LegacyPodcast

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist T Elice! T Elice found comfort in poetry as a way to re-direct her energy. Bor...
03/30/2022

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist T Elice!

T Elice found comfort in poetry as a way to re-direct her energy. Born and raised in Detroit, T Elice tells the story of Motown beyond the music and celebrates Berry Gordy Jr.’s entrepreneurial spirit in her poem, “Motown...More than a Sound.”

Tune in on April 15 at 7 PM to watch her performance.

A special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Arts and Culture Council and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist, Soul Candy.Soul Candy grew up around Motown and wanted to incorporate her fir...
03/29/2022

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist, Soul Candy.

Soul Candy grew up around Motown and wanted to incorporate her first-hand experiences in her piece. She traveled from Columbus, OH to perform in the grand finale!

Tune in on April 15 at 7 PM to see her perform her poem “Birth of Culture.”

Special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Arts and Culture Council and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist, Peniel Abrams!Ten years ago, Peniel was picked out of a crowd at an open mic ...
03/28/2022

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist, Peniel Abrams!

Ten years ago, Peniel was picked out of a crowd at an open mic to perform a spoken word poem for the very first time. Taking on the challenge, she’s been writing and performing ever since.

Traveling all the way from Michigan City, IN to compete, tune in on April 15 at 7 PM to watch her perform her poem, “Assemble the Party Train.”

Special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Arts and Culture Council and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist, Koffee Dark'Nsweet!Koffee Dark 'n Sweet considers poetry her first language, ...
03/25/2022

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist, Koffee Dark'Nsweet!

Koffee Dark 'n Sweet considers poetry her first language, as a poem was the first thing she learned to read.

This Detroit native wants to shine a light on the magic that is Detroit’s artist scene with her poem, “When Music Means Something.”

Tune in on April 15 at 7 PM to watch her compete!

Special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Arts and Culture Council and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist, Ife Martin! Ife is just 17 years old and uses poetry to process her feelings....
03/24/2022

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist, Ife Martin!

Ife is just 17 years old and uses poetry to process her feelings. Ife was inspired by classic Motown songs when she composed the poem “Music is Revolution.”

Tune in on April 15th at 7 PM to watch her compete!

Special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Arts and Culture Council and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist, Galaxy! Being part of a big family, writing and poetry provided a way for Gal...
03/22/2022

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist, Galaxy!

Being part of a big family, writing and poetry provided a way for Galaxy’s voice to be heard. For this competition she combined the stories of the Black Forum Label’s inception and Motown Record’s success.

Tune in on April 15 at 7 PM to watch Galaxy perform “Collaboration”

Special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Arts and Culture Council and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist Dezha Peterson!This 23-year-old Flint native was introduced to poetry a decade...
03/19/2022

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist Dezha Peterson!

This 23-year-old Flint native was introduced to poetry a decade ago by her cousin. Enamored with how she can use poetry to translate her feelings, Dezha has been writing and performing ever since.

Tune in on April 15th at 7 PM to watch Dezha perform her poem “Magic of Motown”

Special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Arts and Culture Council and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist Cheyenne "CHii" Johnson.29-year-old CHii has used poetry as a way to express h...
03/18/2022

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist Cheyenne "CHii" Johnson.

29-year-old CHii has used poetry as a way to express herself since she was in the 3rd grade. The poem she penned, “Motown,” allowed her to celebrate her Detroit roots.

Tune in on April 15 at 7 PM to watch her compete!

Special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Arts and Culture Council and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist Ben Will. Ben is a creative, storyteller and artist born right here in Detroit...
03/17/2022

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist Ben Will.

Ben is a creative, storyteller and artist born right here in Detroit. With his roots in theater and inspired by Berry Gordy Jr.’s resilience, Ben penned the poem “A Griot’s Tale: The Blue Building on the Boulevard”.

Tune in on April 15 at 7 PM to watch him compete!

A special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Arts and Culture Council and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist Arrie Lane! Arrie is a Detroit native who was introduced to poetry by her gran...
03/16/2022

Meet Motown Mic: The Spoken Word finalist Arrie Lane! Arrie is a Detroit native who was introduced to poetry by her grandmother when she was just a little girl.

Highlighting Motown’s timelessness, tune in on April 15 at 7 PM to see Arrie perform her original piece, “That Motown Legacy”.

A special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Arts and Culture Council and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

Is this thing on? It’s about to be!Join us at 7 PM on April 15 as we watch 10 talented poets and lyricists perform head-...
03/10/2022

Is this thing on? It’s about to be!

Join us at 7 PM on April 15 as we watch 10 talented poets and lyricists perform head-to-head for the chance to win $3,000—plus much, much more—during our Motown Mic: The Spoken Word 2022 Grand Finale!

Learn more here: https://www.motownmuseum.org/event/motown-mic/

A special thanks to Black Forum Records, Broadside Lotus Press, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and The Kresge Foundation for making this program possible.

03/07/2022
Hitsville Next Legacy Podcast | Brinker Group

Larry Brinker Sr. started Brinker Group more than 30 years ago to help transform Detroit from infrastructural and community-based levels. After paving a road made of broken barriers (and $4B+ worth of projects), Brinker Sr. brought his son into the fold.

Now CEO, Larry Brinker Jr. maintains his father’s established foundation of integrity and quality across the Brinker Group portfolio. Things weren’t always so cut-and-dry, though.

In our final episode of the Hitsville Next Legacy Podcast, we chat with Brinker Jr. to discuss his life story, the true meaning of being a minority-owned business in Detroit and his family’s role in the revitalization of their city.

- Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3skdBoZ
- Listen on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3rfQIDX
- Listen on our website: https://bit.ly/LegacyPodcast
- Or, listen wherever else you get your podcasts!

The is a special, six-part series honoring Detroit’s black-owned businesses, hosted by Emmy Award-winning media personality Greg Russell.

02/28/2022
House of Morrison | Hitsville Next Legacy Podcast

As owner of House of Morrison Shoe Repair—the oldest shoe repair store in Detroit—third-generation business owner Ronda Morrison knows how to stay one step ahead of clientele preferences, customer service trends and even civil injustices.

In fact, it’s what has allowed her and her family to run a successful business right here in Detroit for 37 years—and counting!

In this week's episode of the Hitsville Next Legacy Podcast, we're kicking off by talking with Morrison about the challenges, benefits and lessons that come with being a black female business owner in 2022.

- Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3skdBoZ
- Listen on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3rfQIDX
- Listen on our website: https://bit.ly/LegacyPodcast
- Or, listen wherever else you get your podcasts!

The is a special, six-part series honoring Detroit’s black-owned businesses, hosted by Emmy Award-winning media personality Greg Russell. Tune into a new episode every Tuesday.

02/21/2022

For Stephanie & Cristina Byrd, co-owners of The Garden Theater, Flood's Bar & Grille and The BLOCK Detroit, genuine service and undying persistence aren’t just two main qualities that encapsulate their parent’s lasting legacy, they’re defining characteristics for each other.

In this week’s episode of the Hitsville Next Legacy Podcast, Greg Russell sits down with the Byrd sisters to talk about the importance of carrying on tradition, what it means to have a successful business (let alone three!) rooted in service, how the pandemic affected Detroit’s Black community and much more.

- Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3skdBoZ
- Listen on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3rfQIDX
- Listen on our website: https://bit.ly/LegacyPodcast
- Or, listen wherever else you get your podcasts!

The is a special, six-part series honoring Detroit’s black-owned businesses, hosted by Emmy Award-winning media personality Greg Russell. Tune into a new episode every week during .

02/17/2022
Meet Summer Golden | Hitsville Next

Meet Summer Golden, an incredible singer and our 2019 Amplify the Sound of Detroit Artist of the Year. Are you Next? Learn more about this artistically enhancing program at https://www.motownmuseum.org/program/amplify/

Amplify: The Sound of Detroit is a signature program of Hitsville Next, Motown Museum's community platform where people can thrive as thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs.

Formed in 1996, The Right Productions is a significant source for entertainment and events services—including the longti...
02/14/2022

Formed in 1996, The Right Productions is a significant source for entertainment and events services—including the longtime management and operation of Detroit's own Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre.

In this week's episode of the Hitsville Next Legacy Podcast, we chat with the company's President & CEO Shahida Mausi about the entertainment industry, what it's like to work with music artists, the state of live events and much more.

- Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3skdBoZ
- Listen on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3rfQIDX
- Listen on our website: https://bit.ly/LegacyPodcast
- Or, listen wherever else you get your podcasts!

The is a special, six-part series honoring Detroit’s black-owned businesses, hosted by Emmy Award-winning media personality Greg Russell. Tune into a new episode every week during .

We are excited to introduce our 2022 Motown Mic: The Spoken Word Finalists! In partnership with Black Forum Records and ...
02/12/2022

We are excited to introduce our 2022 Motown Mic: The Spoken Word Finalists!

In partnership with Black Forum Records and Broadside Lotus Press, these 10 poets will undergo 2 months of artist development as they prepare for this year's Grand Finale on April 15.

The winner will receive a $3K cash prize, publication in Broadside Lotus Press and tons of other career-enhancing opportunities.

Tune in as we follow these poets through their creative process over the next two months.

This Motown Museum program would not be possible without the support of The Kresge Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts & W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Special shoutout to Flemi.jpg for the incredible photography.

02/07/2022
Legacy Podcast | Parks Old Style Bar-B-Q

🚨 NEW PODCAST EPISODE ALERT 🚨

Parks Old Style Bar-B-Q has been a staple of Detroit's food scene since Terry & Verna Parks opened it in 1964. The iconic BBQ joint has remained in the family ever since, and is currently being run by second- and third-generation owners.

In this week's episode of the Hitsville Next Legacy Podcast, Greg Russell interviews Rod Parks Sr. & Rod Parks Jr. about their experience running a multi-generational business, what it means to endure hard times, how it feels to keep it in the family and much more.

Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3skdBoZ
Listen on our website: https://bit.ly/LegacyPodcast
Listen on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3rfQIDX

Or, listen wherever else you get your podcasts!

The is a special, six-part series honoring Detroit’s black-owned businesses, hosted by Emmy Award-winning media personality Greg Russell. Tune into a new episode every week during .

01/31/2022
Legacy Podcast | James H. Cole Home for Funerals

The James H. Cole Home for Funerals has been serving Detroit for more than a century. In the first episode of our Legacy Podcast, listen as mother/son duo Karla & Brice Cole discuss their journey of overcoming the odds and running a thriving, multi-generational business.

Listen on our website: http://bit.ly/LegacyPodcast
Listen on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3rfQIDX

The is a special, six-part series honoring Detroit’s black-owned businesses, hosted by Emmy Award-winning media personality Greg Russell. Tune into a new episode every Tuesday during .

Join us every Tuesday in February for the Legacy podcast—a special, six-part series honoring Detroit’s black-owned busin...
01/28/2022

Join us every Tuesday in February for the Legacy podcast—a special, six-part series honoring Detroit’s black-owned businesses, hosted by local media personality Greg Russell.

Each episode will feature a dynamic story of family business thriving as an example of multi-generational success—reinforcing how important legacy is to our culture.

Tune in next Tuesday for the first episode, featuring Karla Cole and Brice Green of James H. Cole Home for Funerals, and learn more at motownmuseum.org/event/legacy-podcast/

01/27/2022

This is the 4th Annual Amplify: The Sound of Detroit Grand Finale!

10 emerging Detroit artists were selected as finalists and spent eight weeks of mentoring, coaching and artist development to help prepare them for their grand finale performance.

The winner receives $5,000 cash prize, performance opportunities, engagement with Motown Records Label executives, studio time, a mentorship session with world renowned musical director, Kern Brantley and more!

Finalists:
- Delaney Natke performing “Heatwave” (Martha & The Vandellas)
- Travis James performing “You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me” (The Miracles)
- Megan Davis performing “You’re All I Need to Get By” (Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell)
- Versatile313 performing “Never Can Say Goodbye” (Jackson 5)
- Inami Bloom performing “Knocks Me Off My Feet” (Stevie Wonder)
- Chalfonte Thompson performing “If I Were Your Woman” (Gladys Knight & The Pips)
- Liontae performing “End of the Road” (Boyz II Men)
- Isis Damil performing “Portuguese Love” (Teena Marie)
- Dion Jackson Jr. performing “All This Love” (Debarge)
- Matty P. performing “Get Ready” (The Temptations)

Brought to you by Pepsi & Comcast Business, Amplify: The Sound of Detroit is a signature program of Hitsville Next, Motown Museum’s community platform where people can thrive as thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs.

01/27/2022
Meet Versatile313 | Amplify: The Sound of Detroit Finalist

Meet Versatile313, one of our Amplify: The Sound of Detroit finalists!

Tune into Comcast Channel 900, our social channels or bit.ly/HNAmplify to watch Versatile's performance during the Amplify Grand Finale TONIGHT at 7 PM.

Brought to you by Pepsi & Comcast Business, Amplify: The Sound of Detroit is a signature program of Hitsville Next, Motown Museum's community platform where people can thrive as thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs.

01/26/2022
Meet Matty | Amplify: The Sound of Detroit Finalist

Meet Matty P. Music, one of our Amplify: The Sound of Detroit finalists!

Tune into Comcast Channel 900, our social channels or bit.ly/HNAmplify to watch Matty's performance during the Amplify Grand Finale tomorrow, January 27 at 7 PM.

Brought to you by Pepsi & Comcast Business, Amplify: The Sound of Detroit is a signature program of Hitsville Next, Motown Museum's community platform where people can thrive as thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs.

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: We partnered with Detroit A Go Go, a group of music enthusiasts from the U.K., to honor the cultural impact of a classic Hitsville USA moment — Tommy Good’s 1964 protest!

After signing to Motown and moving to Detroit in 1963, Good recorded “Baby I Miss You” in 1964 but wasn’t able to release it until legendary Motown promotions guru Al Abrams coordinated a protest for its release. This historic event in record promotion was reenacted by our traveling fans across the Rocket Plaza and Tommy Good himself on the steps of Studio A.

Motown alumni including composer Paul Riser, The Andantes’ Louvain Demps and Jackie Hicks, and musician McKinley Jackson later joined Tommy and our Detroit A-Go-Go guests for Meet and Greets — sharing personal Motown memories with fans and media inside Hitsville Next after their museum tours.

Check out a few of those moments here!

That’s right — you can come see about us… again! 

Museum tour tickets are officially available for purchase online. Start planning your next visit here: https://www.motownmuseum.org/visit/

Hitsville Next
The cat is FINALLY out of the bag!! I will be officially taking over Hitsville Next Instagram for the Motown Mic showcase. The event is Free and will feature some of your ABSOLUTE FAVORITE past winners. I will be sharing my perspective so it will feel like you’re right there with us! ✨ This is the First evert Artist Take Over so I’m super excited!
At Motown Museum, you can BE PART OF THE MAGIC! We have openings for part-time Tour Guides and Sales Associates.

These exciting opportunities will allow you to be a part of the history – and future – of Motown Museum!

From the moment you join the Motown family, you will be immersed in an environment that inspires and motivates you to reach your full potential.

We support personal growth, and we celebrate achievements. Part-time team members can expect:

– Competitive pay
– A generous employee discount
– A company-paid Employee Assistance Program
– An exciting and unique working environment
– A collaborative and diverse team of coworkers and much more!

Learn more about these positions and apply online by visiting https://www.motownmuseum.org/employment

Hitsville Next
We’re proud to officially announce Phase 3 of our expansion — a nearly 40,000 square foot space for interactive exhibits, the Ford Motor Company Theatre, an expanded retail experience, and much, much more!

This one-of-a-kind investment and tourism catalyst will serve our local community directly, providing employment, sustainability and pride throughout the area.

Swipe through our new renderings above and read more about the final construction phase of our highly anticipated expansion from Detroit Free Press here: https://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/music/brian-mccollum/2022/09/07/motown-museum-expansion-renderings/65742369007/

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Students, teachers, parents, check out this opportunity ⬇️

Know a singer or group aged 16+ who may be a good fit to receive one-on-one sessions with award winning music executives, professional styling, studio time, vocal coaching, live performance development, professional headshots and – ultimately – a chance to compete to win a $5,000 cash prize?

You have until September 2 at 9PM ET to apply here: https://app.getacceptd.com/hitsvillenext

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: AMPLIFY the Sound of Detroit is an annual artist development program designed to provide a platform for our city’s next generation of culture-shifting talent.

Know a singer or group aged 16+ who may be a good fit to receive one-on-one sessions with award winning music executives, professional styling, studio time, vocal coaching, live performance development, professional headshots and – ultimately – a chance to compete to win a $5,000 cash prize?

Tell them they have until September 2 at 9PM ET to apply here: https://app.getacceptd.com/hitsvillenext



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FREE EVENT: Join us next Saturday, August 27th from 12 - 4PM at our newly completed (and lawn chair ready) outdoor stage to celebrate !

The Bass Players photo — an annual snapshot of bass players from throughout the entire midwest taken in front of the Museum since 2012 — will officially kick off the event at noon.

From there, legendary Detroit Bass Player and Musical Director Kern Brantley will lead a tribute performance of The Temptations’ Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” in recognition of the record’s 50th anniversary.

Additional tributes performances to Michael Henderson, Reginald Canty, Volley Craig and Dion Estus will take place shortly after.

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The stars, dignitaries and VIPs were out in full effect last Monday for Motown Museum and the grand opening of Hitsville Next and Rocket Plaza, phases 1 and 2 of the Museum's incredible and highly anticipated expansion project.

From event planning and logistics to media management leading to robust national coverage and live on-site social media content, our team played an important role in celebrating this milestone moment for a longtime client that holds a special place in our hearts and the hearts of so many as a historical, cultural and community icon. Congratulations to Motown Museum—this was an evening we will never forget!
Last week, Motown legend and Temptations founder Otis Williams graciously donated a 4-headed microphone from Motown 25 to Motown Museum. The donation comes as we celebrate the completion of the first two phases of our expansion.

The set, one of two in the world, denotes an iconic trademark of Otis and his fellow 1989 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, representing more than just artifacts or keepsakes — instead behaving as living, breathing pieces of the Tempations’ timeless legacy.

With tours now officially reopened, we’re eager (and excited) for our fans around the world to finally visit us again and see this piece of our ongoing history come to life.

Classic Motown Hitsville Next
Earlier this week, we celebrated the grand opening of two phases of our exciting and highly anticipated expansion, which will grow our campus to a world-class entertainment and education tourist destination.

Phase 1 – Hitsville Next – our educational programming and creative hub is headquartered in three Motown-era homes and offers a mix of signature programs, camps, workshops, master classes and community events designed to activate and inspire future generations of creatives, artists and entrepreneurs.

Phase 2 – named Rocket Plaza thanks to the generous support of Rocket Companies and the Gilbert Family Foundation – will serve as a welcome destination for museum visitors, meant to inspire joy and creative collaboration with regularly activated performance by local talent and opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs.

Inspired by a time when young Motown acts like Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, The Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops and so many others would hang out in front of Motown’s headquarters, the plaza will serve as the ultimate Motown-inspired community gathering space.

A special thanks to the incredible Smokey, Otis, Martha, Duke, Shelly and the rest of our Motown family who joined us to celebrate. It was an evening we’ll never forget!

Classic Motown
Fantastic news 🎉🎶 👇🏻

The Motown Museum is reopening bigger and better than ever after a historic $55 million expansion project! 🎶

With the Hitsville U.S.A. house as the centerpiece, the museum is expanding into an entire campus including nearby homes with an outdoor plaza, recording studios, interactive exhibits, and a hub for education and entrepreneurship with Hitsville Next

The Motown sound changed America, and you can experience it right where it was founded here in Detroit. Visit THIS weekend for a celebration commemorating museum founder Esther Gordy Edwards from Noon-5pm on Saturday, August 13th with performances, food trucks, and more! 🥳

ℹ️ Walking tours will begin August 14th with full tours expected to resume on Saturday, October 1st. Make sure to follow us for all the details!

Experience more of Detroit's world-class music scene: https://bit.ly/3bQv6Ju 🔗

The Motown Museum is reopening bigger and better than ever after a historic $55 million expansion project! 🎶

With the Hitsville U.S.A. house as the centerpiece, the museum is expanding into an entire campus including nearby homes with an outdoor plaza, recording studios, interactive exhibits, and a hub for education and entrepreneurship with Hitsville Next.

The Motown sound changed America, and you can experience it right where it was founded here in Detroit. Visit THIS weekend for a celebration commemorating museum founder Esther Gordy Edwards from Noon-5pm on Saturday, August 13th with performances, food trucks, and more! 🥳

ℹ️ Walking tours will begin August 14th with full tours expected to resume on Saturday, October 1st. Make sure to follow us for all the details!

Experience more of Detroit's world-class music scene: https://bit.ly/3bQv6Ju 🔗
I grew up listening to so many Motown greats. That’s why I am so honored to join in celebrating the completion of phases 1 & 2 of Motown Museum expansion & the opening of the Community Plaza & Hitsville Next Facility. The spirit of Motown is alive & well in Detroit!
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