GRAMMY Camp — Basic Training Set For Feb. 6

Current GRAMMY nominees Lecrae and Elle Varner among participants to offer music industry insight to students during GRAMMY Week
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    Elle Varner
February 01, 2013 -- 6:29 pm PST

The GRAMMY Foundation has announced the annual GRAMMY Camp — Basic Training will take place during GRAMMY Week on Feb. 6 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Top music industry professionals and artists set to attend the event are current GRAMMY nominees Lecrae and Elle Varner; vocalist/dancer Denosh Bennett; producer and musical director for Janelle Monáe Terrence Brown; music video director and film producer Matthew Cherry; percussionist Billy Hawn and Kevin Ricard, and keyboardist Wayne Linsey; the Tonight Show Band vocalist Allison Iraheta; "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and former GRAMMY telecast musical director Rickey Minor; GRAMMY winner Tony Rich; songwriter/producer Kevin Savigar; music video director Elliot Sellers; singer/songwriter Sy Smith; composer Joseph Trapanese; and KCRW DJ/entrepreneur Anthony Valadez. 

Other participants include Diana Beas, head of licensing and Latin music for Secret Road Music Services; Rob Bonstein, general manager of the Creed Company; Ryan Chisholm, talent manager, Nettwerk Music Group and co-founder of Hollywood Hack Day; Jeff Cohran, tour manager and partner, the Muddy Water Group; Ivory Daniel, artist manager and Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter Governor; Miatta David, president of MVD Inc.; Avital Ferd, senior vice president, business development at Chromatik; Stacey Ferreira, co-founder of; Bonnie Gallanter, president of Muse Artist Management and co-producer of CMJ Music Marathon; Courtney Garcia, entertainment journalist; Thornell Jones, Fortress Marketing; Brandon Operchuck, USC director of performance venues; George "2.0" Peters, program director of new media for Janelle Monáe and the Wondaland Arts Society; Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy, the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares; Rusty Rueff, Chair, the GRAMMY Foundation Board and new venture backer; Christopher Sampson, associate dean for the USC Thornton School of Music; Shara Senderoff, CEO and co-founder of Intern Sushi; Brian Vickers, music coordinator for Bunim/Murray Productions and member of Traces Of Blue; Brian Vinikoor, head of marketing and new media, Secret Road Music Services; Larry Wade, executive vice president of the Writing Camp, LLC; Zach Weinreb, Arpeggio Entertainment; Kevin Winston, founder of Digital LA; Monica Young, Blue Key Management; and Reneeka Versey, A&R and member of All Cows Eat Grass.

More than 800 Los Angeles-area high school students will attend GRAMMY Camp — Basic Training to hear music industry professionals and artists discuss the realities of the music business and careers in the industry. GRAMMY Camp — Basic Training, a GRAMMY in the Schools initiative of the GRAMMY Foundation, is supported in party by Ford Motor Company Fund and the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Best Buy and Converse.

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