More than 30 high school students from across the United States participated in the inaugural Nashville installment of the GRAMMY Foundation's eighth annual GRAMMY Camp, held June 17–24 at Black River Entertainment. The eight-day residential summer music experience provided a real-world, hands-on environment that involved an in-depth look at the entire creative process from the first spark of original material through the promotion of a finished product. Students were able to participate in several career tracks, including Music Journalism, Electronic Music Production, Songwriting, Marketing & Management, Engineering for Audio & Video, and performance tracks for Drums, Guitar, Vocal, Keyboard, and Bass.
The program culminated on June 24 at Rocketown in Nashville with a launch party that featured students performing original songs and projects created during GRAMMY Camp. Performers included jazz/blues collective Bean, remix/production group Loco Syndicate and singer/songwriter trio Maybe April. Students also received feedback on their songs from music industry professionals and artists including Parachute's Will Anderson, singer/songwriter Sarah Darling and Topspin Senior Director of Artist Services Wayne Leeloy.
"The biggest hurdle at this point is discovery," said Leeloy following Maybe April's performance. "It's getting people to know you."
The students were also addressed by President/CEO of The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation Neil Portnow, who said, "As you continue your path in music and become our next generation of artists, industry professionals [and] audiences, I hope you will carry with you the things you've learned this summer at GRAMMY Camp Nashville."
GRAMMY Camp is the GRAMMY Foundation's signature music industry camp for U.S. high school students. The next installments of this year's GRAMMY Camp will take place in Los Angeles from July 14–23, and in Brooklyn, N.Y., from Aug. 6–13.