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.
With its roots in music, the Foundation offers opportunities for youth to exercise their talents and expand their abilities. Since 2008, the annual Otis Music Camp, presented every June, allows campers to participate in a high level of music education taught by key performers and music industry leaders. Students work for two weeks to write, record and perform their own songs at the highly-anticipated finale. The Otis Redding Center for the Arts offers vocal, piano, strings and percussion lessons and supports scholarships. In late 2024, the Center will move into its new 9,000 square foot home in downtown Macon.