The GRAMMY Foundation's annual GRAMMY Career Day will take place during GRAMMY Week on Feb. 9 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Top music industry professionals and artists slated to attend the event are current GRAMMY nominees, including songwriter Skylar Grey, producer Angela Hunte, songwriter Claude Kelly, producer RedOne, R&B/soul artist Eric Roberson, and producer Jane't Sewell; GRAMMY-winning producer Warryn Campbell and GRAMMY-winning engineer Manny Marroquin; and artists JoiStarr, Mohombi, Kelly Price, and Jordin Sparks.
Other participants include Adam Anders, music producer for "Glee"; Jennifer Blakeman, Recording Academy New York Chapter President and senior vice president of creative at Universal Music Publishing Group; Jimmy Jam, producer, Recording Academy Chair Emeritus and GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Board member; Thornell Jones, Fortress Marketing; Rickey Minor, musical director for "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno"; Brandon Operchuck, USC director of performance venues; Bea Perez, Chair of the GRAMMY Foundation Board and chief marketing officer for Coca-Cola North America; Jon Platt, MusiCares Board member and head of urban music for EMI Music Publishing; Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy, the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares; Chris Sampson, associate dean for the USC Thornton School of Music; Simone Smalls, publicist/entrepreneur; and Karen Sundell, publicist.
More than 700 Los Angeles-area high school students will attend GRAMMY Career Day to hear music industry professionals and artists discuss the realities of the music business and careers in industry. GRAMMY Career Day, a GRAMMY in the Schools initiative of the GRAMMY Foundation, is supported by Best Buy, with additional funding provided by Converse and the Hot Topic Foundation.