The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is helping to keep the music alive

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has given a very generous grant of $1.5 million dollars to the Motown Museum. Motown Museum CEO Robin Terry told the Detroit Free Press...

The Kellogg grant will help fund the museum's growing slate of community and education programs,  including the annual "Motown Mic" spoken-word competition, the Amplify singing contest and the SPARK and IGNITE summer camps. This critical grant funding allows us to build on the success of our existing programs and elevate our program offerings for talented, aspiring youth and adults

La June Montgomery Tabron, CEO of the Battle Creek-based Kellogg Foundation explained why the foundation gave the grant to the Motown Museum.

Young Detroiters will be inspired by Motown's story of creativity and begin to build in that spirit. All of us who grew up in Detroit know Motown's music, but the story of innovation and enterprise is a source of inspiration for young people as well,

If you are not familiar with the Motown Museum, here is how it can be described...

The Motown Museum, which was founded by Esther Gordy Edwards in 1985, is one of Southeast Michigan’s most popular tourist destinations. Visitors come from across America and throughout the world to stand in Studio A, where their favorite artists and groups recorded much-loved music, and to view the restored upper flat where Berry Gordy lived with his young family during the company’s earliest days.

Back in the day the Motown Museum was known as Hitsville USA  and that is a true statement! Here are a just a few of the incredible artist that recorded there...

  • Stevie Wonder
  • The Temptations
  •  The Supremes
  • The Miracles
  • Marvin Gay
  • The Four Tops
  • Glady's Knight and the Pips
  • The Jackson 5
  • Martha and the Vandellas

The Museum has been working on a  $50 million expansion campaign to increase the size of the facility. The grant for Kellogg comes at the perfect time to support young talent  striving to make their dreams come true.

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