The Residency

Youth Development Through Hip-Hop

  1. The 2016 Hip-Hop Artist Residency participants at their final performance at MoPOP's Sky Church.

  2. After working alongside professional teaching artists special guests from the arts community, participants in the 2016 Hip-Hop Artist Residency recorded an EP of their original work at Purple Door Studios.

  3. Through the Hip-Hop Artist Residency, participating teens gain the valuable tools necessary to express their artistic vision with confidence both in the recording studio and live on stage.

  4. Vocalist Monica Elenes and Jayla Nickens perform during the Hip-Hop Artist Residency final showcase.

  5. Milwaukee-based teaching artist Tyrone Miller works with residency participants to teach the mechanics of of DJing.



The Museum of Pop Culture is proud to partner with Arts Corps and Grammy Award-winning duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to offer an intensive called The Residency focusing on creative hip-hop songwriting, performance techniques, and beat production.

The Residency seeks aspiring teen hip-hop artists who want to get paid to learn from—and work alongside—professional teaching artists and a virtual who’s who from Seattle’s vast hip-hop and creative arts community. 

All participants will record an EP of original music at a professional studio, and put on a final performance inside of MoPOP’s Sky Church.


July 31–August 23, 2017; 10:00am–4:00pm; MoPOP and the VERA Project.


Youth ages 16-19 with an established desire to pursue hip-hop and music as a career must apply online and meet all criteria in order to be considered.


  • Fully-funded three-week instruction
  • $500 stipend upon completion of the program
  • Complimentary bus tokens
  • Daily lunch provided

The Residency is designed exclusively for rising teen artists from the greater Seattle area who meet the King County low-income verification. Aiming to directly address the access barriers many underserved youth and families face when asked to choose between paying for an experiential learning opportunity beyond their means and getting a summer job this residency is an opportunity to provide up to 45 teen artists with a high-quality arts experience that supports them pursuing their artistic development and be compensated for their talent. 

Program partners: 


 Thank you to our sponsors:

Carroll Family Fund, Hon and Marla King, M&RL Equity Fund

Thank you to our community partners:


2312 Gallery, Purple Door Studios, Zeek's Pizza