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Otis Redding Foundation, Inc.

  • Macon, GA
  • http://www.otisreddingfoundation.org

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Mission Statement

Progress Through Education. Enlightenment Through Music
The Otis Redding Foundation's mission is to empower, enrich and motivate all young people through programs involving music, writing and instrumentation.

Main Programs

  1. DREAM Choir performances
  2. Annual Otis Music Camp
  3. Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts

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Service Areas

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The Foundation serves Bibb County and Central Georgia

ruling year

1999

Executive Director since 2007

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Karla Redding-Andrews

Keywords

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Macon, Georgia

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EIN

58-2435617

 Number

3835356101

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Music (A68)

Music (A68)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-PF.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Otis Redding Foundation's programs encourage individual and team participation, build self-esteem and instill discipline. To honor Otis' dream, the Otis Redding Foundation provides opportunities for youth to improve their academic performance by helping them make choices in life that enrich rather than endanger. By providing programs that ignite dreams in our future generation of leaders, we remain dedicated to connecting the universal relevance of music to serve as a catalyst for education and other youth oriented initiatives. Our Otis Music Camp is in its ninth year, and the newly-formed Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts provides music and arts education year-round and after school.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

DREAM Choir performances

The DREAM Choir, established in the fall of 2015, gives the children the chance to learn different musical pieces and practice with other musicians from varying backgrounds. The Choir also gets opportunities to perform at a variety of different events, giving the children the exposure and experience in performing. The DREAM Choir’s variety of performance pieces bring an element of joy and entertainment to the community, whether accompanying a large church choir, or backed up by the Macon Pops orchestra. As the Choir is eclectic and varied, it shows how music can bring this community together, and make a difference in a child’s life.

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Program 2

Annual Otis Music Camp

Campers experience a high level of music forums conducted by key leaders in the industry. Professional musicians ranging from orchestra conductors and music students from major universities participate as camp coaches. A variety of music industry professionals including vocal coaches and artist development trainers have also participated in workshops. Touring musicians from around the state perform and participate in Q&A sessions.

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Program 3

Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts

Offering after-school and weekend lessons in piano, guitar, flute, drums, strings and voice

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    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, through the power of education.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Music and arts education are often overlooked in schools, especially in Macon-Bibb. With the absence of art programs in the schools, the Foundation offers exploration, exposure and training in music and arts, with year-round education programs. Music and arts education boosts STEM test scores and employs local artists/musicians. Music programs contribute to higher attendance and graduation rates.
    Local youth are provided with a place to learn, be exposed to, explore and train in various aspects of music education and the music industry. The Foundation also provides a place for local musicians to find meaningful work. Through various events, with the Otis Music Camp and DREAM Choir, the Foundation has built a strong relationship with the local community. Community members, campers, students, parents, coaches and partners are constantly in touch with staff through the entire year, giving feedback, concerns, and gratitude. Such feedback was the driving force behind the Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Foundation works with many organizations, whether local (Mercer University, The Grand Opera House, Macon Arts Alliance's Arts Roundtable), regional (Georgia Department of Economic Development's Music and Marketing Department), or national (BMI, The GRAMMY's Recording Academy, Knight Foundation), to decide on the elements (presenters, subjects, structure) that make up programs in the Center as well as the Otis Music Camp, as well as the direction the Foundation takes as it continues to grow.
    The final decisions are made by Karla Redding-Andrews, the Foundation's executive director, and Otis Redding's daughter. Redding-Andrews earned a B.A. from Georgia Southern University in 1985, where she remains an active alum and serves on the Board of Alumni. She is vice-chair of the Georgia Music Foundation board, which operates to market and support the continued importance of Georgia music and its legendary musicians under the direction of the Governor Nathan Deal. She serves on the McDuffie Center for Strings Board of Visitors, which supports the Foundation, and on the Board of Directors for Historic Macon Foundation. Redding-Andrews is also on the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Advisory Commission, appointed by Gov. Deal. She serves on the steering committee for the Mill Hill project (a neighborhood revitalization community partnership). She is a member of 2015 Leadership Macon
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Foundation's return of students to programs like the Otis Music Camp year after year, as well as the growth of the programs every year, show the progress. Staff and coaches also maintain progress reports of each student and camper, to see how he/she has grown and progressed over time.
    Through various events, with the Otis Music Camp and DREAM Choir, the Foundation has built a strong relationship with the local community. Community members, campers, students, parents, coaches and partners are constantly in touch with staff through the entire year, giving feedback, concerns, and gratitude. Such feedback was the driving force behind the Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts.
    Coaches have provided overwhelmingly positive feedback, especially regarding the 2015 camp. The surveys to the coaches was overwhelmingly positive in that all answered “Yes" to “Would you be interested in serving as a Presenter/Camp coach in the future?" Camper feedback was also positive, with 38 participants stating they would recommend the Otis Music Camp. 95% of the campers rated the camp at 4 or 5 out of 5.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The Otis Music Camp is in its ninth year, and has grown from one week with 10 campers to two weeks with over 50 campers, at a new, larger location of Mercer University's Townsend School of Music. The Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts is teaching students in piano, voice, guitar, strings, flute and more. The DREAM Choir was founded in Fall 2015. The Otis Redding Foundation receives a number of requests for Otis Music Campers and for DREAM Choir performances, whether as part of a bigger event, such as Bragg Jam or Macon Pops, or as guest performers for Coliseum Northside's Christmas Tree Lighting.
    In February 2016, the DREAM Choir and Otis Music Campers performed with the Macon Pops orchestra at “Songs of the Soul," (billed as “A Journey through the history of R&B, Hip-Hop, Gospel and Soul Music"). The Choir and Campers were on the stage alongside special guests including Floco Torres, Taryn Newborne and The Macon Pops All-Star Gospel Choir. The Macon Pops events are one of Macon's great musical attractions, with four events each year, bringing world-class performers to Macon to collaborate with the city's greatest talents of the past, present and future. Founded by multi Grammy-nominated drummer and percussionist Steve Moretti and Grammy-winning arranger Matt Catingub, these concerts gives local musicians from all genres of music the chance to transform their music with the Macon Pops orchestra. For the young performers in the Otis Music Camp and DREAM Choir, this is an amazing opportunity to perform in front of a huge audience, with extremely talented and experienced performers.
    The GRAMMY Museum's education program has recognized the Otis Redding Foundation and its Otis Music Camp for its impact on the community, and invited the Foundation and its students to Washington, D.C. for 2016's “In Performance at the White House," a prestigious concert honoring Ray Charles, with music education workshops leading up to the event.
Service Areas

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National

The Foundation serves Bibb County and Central Georgia

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Otis Redding Foundation, Inc.

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Executive Director

Karla Redding-Andrews

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Zelma Redding

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