The GRAMMY Foundation announced today that 99 talented high school students from 87 U.S. cities and 27 states have been selected as participants in the ninth annual GRAMMY Camp. In addition, through a partnership with Gucci, four international students from Japan and England will attend GRAMMY Camp in Los Angeles, bringing the total number of students this year to 103.
The Foundation's signature music industry camp for U.S. high school students will be held in Los Angeles from July 13–22 at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and in New York from Aug. 4–12 at Converse Rubber Tracks.
"When we started this GRAMMY in the Schools program nine years ago, we had very high hopes and aspirations for GRAMMY Camp," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. "And I can truly say we've met our goals to offer young people a hands-on experience that delivers a sense of what it's like to have an actual career in the music industry. Teens spend their time at GRAMMY Camp working with GRAMMY-winning artists and industry professionals gaining knowledge and sharpening their skills, so they will be ready to take the next steps in their careers."
"Almost every artist and music professional who we bring to GRAMMY Camp comes away saying two things: 'These kids are so talented' and 'I wish I'd had this kind of experience when I was young,'" said Kristen Madsen, Sr. Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation. "This underscores the collaborative and immersive nature of GRAMMY Camp, and the fact that the experience produces lasting effects and positive influences for the campers who participate each summer."
GRAMMY Camp in Los Angeles 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: Engineering for Audio & Video; Electronic Music Production; Multimedia; Music Business; Songwriting; and a performance track for bass, drums, guitar, keyboard, vocal, and winds & strings. All tracks culminate in media projects, CD recordings and/or performances.
GRAMMY Camp New York is a nine-day residential program 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.
The GRAMMY in the Schools program is supported in part by Converse. Applications for GRAMMY Camp 2014 are currently online at www.grammyintheschools.com and the deadline is March 31, 2014. Financial aid is available and approximately 70 percent of GRAMMY Camp participants who have applied for financial aid have received assistance.