The Residency

Youth Development Through Hip-Hop

  1. Macklemore introduces The Residency participants at their final Showcase performance at MoPop’s Sky Church.

  2. Participants (left to right) Jesus McCloskey, Evert Freeman, Julio Villa and Kevin Campos perform their final Showcase in Sky Church.

  3. Lyricist/vocalist Nestra and fellow participants perform during The Residency final Showcase.

  4. Residency intern, former participant and producer Rolando Robles teaching the mechanics of producing.

  5. Vocalist Brion Hall records original work at the W Hotel recording studio.

  6. Macklemore invited The Residency participants on stage for Glorious in Arizona. Trip sponsored by Alaska Airlines.

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. 

Through The Residency, youth gain valuable tools to explore their artistic expressions with confidence in the studio and live on stage. 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.


To be announced.


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 for rising teen artists from underserved communities in the greater Seattle area. 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