Our Story

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.

Our Programs


A one week summer camp that teaches creative arts to elementary school children. Throughout the week, campers will learn about piano, guitar, percussion, stage movement, and work together to write a song that they will perform at the end of the week.

Otis Music Camp

A two week camp in the summer with a focus on songwriting, music theory, vocal and performance technique, and music business. Throughout the camp, campers will learn from industry professionals, write songs, learn to collaborate, and participate in a finale performance.

The DREAM Cast

A bi-weekly podcast created by the students of the Otis Music Camp in Macon, Georgia, a project of the Otis Redding Foundation. Each episode of the DREAMcast will feature stories and conversations with exceptional artists from our hometown of Macon, GA and around the world.

Private Lessons


and more.

The Otis Redding Museum

The Otis Redding Museum is located on Cotton Avenue right in the heart of Downtown of Macon, and has many Otis Redding treasures and merchandise that are exclusive to the museum.