The Residency, founded in 2015 by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Arts Corps and MoPOP, seeks to build a powerful community of young hip-hop artists equipped with the artistic and leadership skills, business acumen, and mentorship necessary to become professional artists and cultural change makers. Through their participation in The Residency, young artists from low-income families acquire tangible artistic and professional skills while also gaining confidence, teamwork, and a deepened understanding of their own identity and power.


The Residency - Class of 2017

“The Residency taught me that artistry is not a profession but a lifestyle. It impacted me so profoundly, it gave me exactly what I needed. The program exposed me to folks of all different backgrounds that are reaching for what they want in life. The impact that this program had on me is something I will forever be grateful for.”

– Monica Elenes, vocal participant 2016.