The GRAMMY Foundation today announced that GRAMMY Camp — its signature music industry camp for U.S. high school students — will be held in Los Angeles, Nashville and New York in summer 2012. Held for the past seven years in Los Angeles and for the first time in New York last summer, the program is expanding to Nashville to reach a broader range of students.
"We are extremely excited to bring GRAMMY Camp to three dynamic music markets in the summer of 2012, and provide this valuable experience to the next generation of music makers," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. "GRAMMY Camp is one of our most immersive programs in terms of exposing young people to what it's like to have an actual working career in the music business, and the opportunity to receive instruction directly from GRAMMY-winning artists and industry professionals instills knowledge, confidence and lasting lessons on GRAMMY campers."
"After basing GRAMMY Camp in Los Angeles for seven years, we had great success expanding to New York last summer," said Kristen Madsen, Sr. Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation. "GRAMMY Camp is a residential, deeply interactive and collaborative experience that draws on the music industry riches of its respective host cities. We're happy that we'll have a home in Nashville next summer, and frankly see few boundaries in where we can go in the future."
GRAMMY Camp L.A.: July 14–23, 2012
This program offers selected high school students an interactive 10-day residential summer music experience. Focusing on all aspects of commercial music, this unique opportunity provides instruction by industry professionals in an immersive creative environment with cutting-edge technology in professional facilities. The program offers six music career tracks: Audio Engineering; Concert Promotion/Production; Electronic Music Production; Music Journalism; Songwriting; and a performance track for Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard, Vocal, and Winds & Strings. All tracks culminate in media projects, CD recordings and/or showcase performances. GRAMMY Camp L.A. will be held at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and other professional venues throughout Los Angeles.
GRAMMY Camp Nashville: June 17–24, 2012
GRAMMY Camp N.Y.: Aug. 6–13, 2012
GRAMMY Camp Nashville and GRAMMY Camp N.Y. are eight-day residential programs for high school students that offer campers the opportunity to work in integrated industry teams. This real-world, hands-on environment will involve an in-depth look at the entire creative process from the first spark of original material through the promotion of a finished product, and will culminate in a launch party. GRAMMY Camp Nashville will be held at Black River Entertainment located on Nashville's legendary Music Row, and GRAMMY Camp N.Y. will be hosted by Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Brooklyn, N.Y.
GRAMMY Camp applications are currently online at www.grammyintheschools.com and the deadline is March 31, 2012. Financial aid is available and approximately 75 percent of GRAMMY Camp participants who have applied for financial aid have received assistance. Students are able to apply to all three sessions of GRAMMY Camp, and there is discounted tuition for participation in multiple sessions. This program is supported in part by Best Buy, Black River Entertainment, Converse, and Guitar Center. Applications for paid positions as GRAMMY Camp counselors for young people ages 21–25 are also available online at www.grammyintheschools.com.