Approximately 80 high school students from across the United States were selected to participate in the Los Angeles installment of the of the GRAMMY Foundation's eighth annual GRAMMY Camp, held July 14–23 at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.
The interactive 10-day residential summer music experience focused on all aspects of commercial music with instruction by industry professionals in an immersive creative environment with cutting-edge technology in professional facilities. The program offered students 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 & strings. All tracks culminated in media projects, CD recordings and/or showcase performances.
On July 17 several artists and music industry professionals visited GRAMMY Camp as part of Guest Professional Day, including recording artists Sean Gadd and Ryan Rabin of Grouplove, Keith Phelps, and Haley Reinhart, musical director Brian London, and Steven Slate, owner of Slate Pro Audio. Additional music industry professionals participating in GRAMMY Camp included KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez, Live Nation Director of Publicity Greg Terlizzi, and Columbia Pictures Vice President of Production Devon Franklin, among others.
The program culminated on July 22 at the GRAMMY Camp Showcase Concert at the El Rey Theatre. Produced entirely by the GRAMMY Camp participants, the concert featured students performing original songs created during GRAMMY Camp, including "Ninety-Nine Percent" by Larry's Scooter featuring Noah Jessup, "That Ain't Enough" by P.J. Bucknor featuring Patrick Bucknor and Kaya Lynch, "My Mystery" by Drop The Biscuit featuring Christopher Cobbs.
"This group of talented youngsters has been charged with the challenging task of creating new music and new multimedia projects, all in a little more than one week," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.
GRAMMY Camp is the GRAMMY Foundation's signature music industry camp for U.S. high school students. The final installment of the eighth annual GRAMMY Camp will take place in New York from Aug. 6–13.