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There simply isn’t a name in music more synonymous with era-defining hits, star-making, and innovation than Motown. Started in Detroit with a dream and an $800 loan, Berry Gordy’s Hitsville USA became a cultural behemoth that swiftly hooked pop culture with a brand new beat.
The unmistakable, irrepressible sound of young America didn’t just dominate the charts – it crossed the racial divide during the social upheaval of the 1960’s. The touring cavalcade of superstars from Diana to Marvin to Smokey blazed trails through the U.S. and across the pond, breaking out of the chitlin circuit to hold court at Buckingham Palace. Under the umbrella of the Motown family, precocious child superstars Stevie Wonder and the Jackson 5’s Michael Jackson grew into game-changing legends.
And the hits and cultural influence didn’t stop: the label and its family of imprints explored new genres – like the psychedelia of the undisputed truth – as well as the political and social via black forum releases from the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Stokely Carmichael. Trendsetting new Motown acts like the Commodores (and later, their star lead singer Lionel Richie), Rick James, and DeBarge gave new generations timeless hits and moments to remember.
Originally the recording studios and residence of Berry Gordy and Motown Records, and founded in 1985 by Esther Gordy Edwards, Motown Museum is a 501(c)(3) not for profit, tax-exempt organization in Detroit. The Museum is committed to preserving, protecting and presenting the Motown story through authentic, inspirational and educational experiences.
Announced in late 2016, the Motown Museum expansion will grow the Museum to a 50,000-square-foot world-class entertainment and education tourist destination featuring dynamic, interactive exhibits, a performance theater, recording studios, an expanded retail experience and meeting spaces designed by renowned architects and exhibit designers. When completed, the new Museum campus will have a transformative impact on the surrounding Detroit neighborhoods, providing employment, sustainability and community pride by serving as an important catalyst for new investment and tourism in the historic area.
CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP
Capitol Music Group (CMG) is comprised of Capitol Records, Virgin Records, Motown Records, Blue Note Records, Astralwerks, Harvest Records and Capitol Christian Music Group, as well as Capitol Studios and the company's independent label services and distribution division, Caroline. Capitol Music Group is based in Hollywood, California in the iconic Capitol Tower.
Artists that record for CMG labels include: Erykah Badu, Banks, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Beck, Bee Gees, Jon Bellion, BJ The Chicago Kid, Rosanne Cash, Christine and the Queens, City Girls, Neil Diamond, Robert Glasper, Halsey, Don Henley, Hillsong United, Niall Horan, Illenium, Judah And The Lion, Tori Kelly, Kem, Lil Baby, Lil Yachty, Charles Lloyd, tobyMac, Paul McCartney, Migos, NE-YO, NF, Norah Jones, Katy Perry, Gregory Porter, Maggie Rogers, Calum Scott, Bob Seger, Troye Sivan and Chris Tomlin. For the U.S.: 5 Seconds Of Summer, Lewis Capaldi, Mabel, Bastille, Disclosure, Empire Of The Sun, Glass Animals, MNEK and Sam Smith.
Capitol Music Group is a division of Universal Music Group, which is a fully owned subsidiary of Vivendi.
TechTown is Detroit’s entrepreneurship hub, with a full suite of programs for both tech and neighborhood small businesses. TechTown works with businesses at all stages, helping startup, emerging and established companies develop, launch and grow. Since 2007, TechTown has supported 1900 companies, which created more than 1400 jobs and raised more than $130 million in startup capital.
gener8tor is a turnkey platform for the creative economy that connects startups, entrepreneurs, artists, investors, universities and corporations. The gener8tor platform includes pre-accelerators, accelerators, corporate programming, conferences and fellowships focused on entrepreneurs, artists and musicians. gener8tor is a nationally ranked, GOLD-tier accelerator in the U.S. as ranked by the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project.