The GRAMMY Foundation has announced that 111 talented high school students from 93 cities and 34 states across the United States have been selected as participants in the seventh annual GRAMMY Camp. Held for the past six years in Los Angeles, this year the program is expanding to the East Coast to reach a broader range of students.
GRAMMY Camp in Los Angeles will be held from July 9–18 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. GRAMMY Camp in New York will be held from Aug. 2–8 in Brooklyn, N.Y., as a seven-day residential program for high school students that offers campers the opportunity to work in integrated industry teams.
"Our GRAMMY Camps offer young people highly interactive settings created by GRAMMY-winning artists and industry professionals where they can explore a range of careers in the music industry, and with the launch of our New York camp we've enrolled the largest number of GRAMMY Campers to date," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. "Everything about this experience is unique and challenging in the best possible sense, and as we enter our seventh year, I take great pride in the role GRAMMY Camp has played in helping teens achieve their musical goals, as well as fostering friendships and musical collaborations that continue beyond the program."
The list of guest artists and music industry professionals participating in the 2011 GRAMMY Camp will be announced shortly. Past teaching artists include: singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles; producer Warryn Campbell; two-time GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat; recording artist Brandi Carlile; Jesse Carmichael and Adam Levine of three-time GRAMMY-winning group Maroon 5; recording artist Jason Castro; GRAMMY-winning songwriter/producer/recording artist Lamont Dozier; six-time GRAMMY-winning group Earth, Wind & Fire; DJ Faust; 16-time GRAMMY-winning producer David Foster; five-time GRAMMY winner, Recording Academy Chair Emeritus and GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Board member Jimmy Jam; singer/songwriter Josh Kelley; saxophonist Dave Koz; songwriter/producer/recording artist Jeff Lorber; five-time GRAMMY-winning producer Manny Marroquin; recording artist Jesse McCartney; Minor Productions Inc. President/CEO and "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" music director Rickey Minor; two-time GRAMMY-winning group Ozomatli; Recording Academy, GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares President/CEO Neil Portnow; recording artist Gavin Rossdale; DJ Shortee; three-time GRAMMY-winning guitarist Steve Vai; Sublime bassist Eric Wilson; and four-time GRAMMY-winning film composer Hans Zimmer, among others.
The Los Angeles program offers six music career tracks: Audio Engineering; Concert Promotion/Production; Electronic Music Production; Music Journalism; Songwriting; and performance tracks in Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Singer/Songwriter, and Winds & Strings. All tracks culminate in media projects, CD recordings and/or showcase performances. The showcase concert will be held this year on July 17 at the El Rey Theatre.
The New York program offers campers the opportunity to work in integrated industry teams consisting of three fields: Music Business & Production; Singer/Songwriter; and Performance for Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Singer/Songwriter, and Winds & Strings. This real-world, hands-on environment will provide 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 at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square on Aug. 7.
GRAMMY Camp is supported in part by Best Buy, Converse and the Hot Topic Foundation. Students were able to apply to either or both sessions of GRAMMY Camp, and tuition was discounted for participation in both sessions. Financial aid is available and approximately 70 percent of GRAMMY Camp participants who have applied for financial aid have received assistance. This year, a portion of these resources was generously provided by ASCAP, BET, the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Fund, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and the Hot Topic Foundation, as well as several individual donors.
For a list of 2011 GRAMMY Camp selectees, click here.