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.

MoPOP is proud to partner with Arts Corps and Grammy Award-winning duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to offer a four-week, summer intensive hip-hop artist residency focusing on creative songwriting, performance techniques, and beat production.

All participants, youth ages 16-19, will record an EP of their original music at a professional studio, and put on a final performance in MoPOP’s Sky Church.


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 four-week instruction
  • $600 stipend upon completion of the program
  • Professional studio recording of their original music
  • Complimentary bus tokens
  • Daily lunch

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 in pursuing their artistic development while being compensated for their talent. 

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July 23, 2018 - August 17, 2018


Apply here

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