GRAMMY Foundation Announces 2012 GRAMMY Camp Selectees

June 12, 2012 -- 5:00 pm PDT

The GRAMMY Foundation announced today that 136 talented high school students from 116 cities and 32 states have been selected as participants in the eighth annual GRAMMY Camp. Held for the past seven years in Los Angeles, and in New York for the first time last year, this year the program will expand to Nashville.

GRAMMY Camp will be held in Nashville from June 17–24 at Black River Entertainment and in New York from Aug. 6–13 at Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Nashville and New York installments are eight-day residential programs for high school students that offer campers the opportunity to work in integrated industry teams. GRAMMY Camp in Los Angeles will be held from July 14–23 at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and offers selected high school students an interactive 10-day residential summer music experience focusing on all aspects of commercial music with instruction by industry professionals in an immersive creative environment with cutting-edge technology in professional facilities.

"We are excited to bring GRAMMY Camp to three dynamic music markets this summer, 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 in students."

"When you combine the energy and passion of high school students with the creative guidance of music professionals, a little bit of magic always happens," said Kristen Madsen, Senior Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation. "The end product is lots of remarkable new music, strong new relationships, and tremendous growth in every student."

The Los Angeles program offers six music career tracks: Engineering for Audio & Video; Concert Production; Electronic Music Production; Music Journalism; Songwriting; and a performance track for bass, drums, guitar, keyboard, vocal, and winds and strings. All tracks culminate in media projects, CD recordings and/or showcase performances.

The Nashville and New York programs provide a real-world, hands-on environment that 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.

A part of the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY in the Schools program, GRAMMY Camp is supported in part by Best Buy, Black River Entertainment, Converse, and Guitar Center. Applications for GRAMMY Camp 2013 are currently online at www.grammyintheschools.com and the deadline is March 31, 2013. Financial aid is available and approximately 75 percent of GRAMMY Camp participants who have applied for financial aid have received assistance.

For a list of 2012 GRAMMY Camp selectees, click here.