GRAMMY Camp — Basic Training Set For Feb. 8

GRAMMY winners Pepe Aguilar and Warryn Campbell among participants to offer music career close-ups to L.A.-area students

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

The GRAMMY Foundation has announced the annual GRAMMY Camp — Basic Training will take place during GRAMMY Week on Feb. 8 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Top music industry professionals and artists set to attend the event are current GRAMMY nominee Pepe Aguilar; songwriter/producer Evan Bogart; GRAMMY-winning producer Warryn Campbell and engineer Manny Marroquin; singers/songwriters BC Jean and Sarah Darling; video director Matthew Cherry; songwriter/producer Eman; actor Roshon Fegan (Disney Channel's "Shake It Up"); saxist Miguel Gandelman and percussionist Kevin Ricard; members of the Latin GRAMMY-nominated La Santa Cecilia; Siriux XM Radio and KISS-FM on-air personality DJ Skee; and producer/drummer Vince Wilburn Jr.

Other participants include Diana Beas, head of licensing and Latin music for Secret Road Music Services; Didi Benami, singer/songwriter; Amanda Berman, senior director of A&R at EMI Music Publishing; Ryan Chisholm, talent manager, Bill Silva Entertainment; DJ Hapa, national brand director of Scratch DJ Academy; Scott Igoe, music talent booker, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"; Chad Greer, founder, Dirt Road Entertainment; Thornell Jones, Fortress Marketing; Kevin Korn, Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency; Jasmine Marvin, general manager, My Block Records; Rickey Minor, "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" music director; Brandon Operchuck, director of performance venues, USC; Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation; Christopher Sampson, associate dean for the USC Thornton School of Music; Brian Vinikoor, head of marketing and new media, Secret Road Music Services; Anthony Valadez, KCRW-FM DJ and entrepreneur; Larry Wade, executive vice president of the Writing Camp LLC; and Monica Young, Blue Key Management.         

More than 700 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 by the Fort Motor Company Fund and the Starkey Hearing Foundation, with additional funding provided by Best Buy and Converse.

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high definition and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Westwood One/Dial Global, and covered online at and, and on YouTube.

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Maroon 5 Auction To Benefit GRAMMY Foundation

Auction offers pairs of tickets to GRAMMY-winning band's Southern California dates on Oct. 4 and Oct. 6

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

The GRAMMY Foundation will auction 80 pairs of tickets to Maroon 5's upcoming performances with Kelly Clarkson and Rozzi Crane on Oct. 4 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, Calif., and Oct. 6 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The auction for both concerts is open now and ends Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. PST. 

Proceeds will benefit the GRAMMY Foundation, which cultivates the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the impact of music on American culture through music education programs, scholarships and grants.

Meet Justin Bieber With GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions
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Meet Justin Bieber With GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions

Bid on an exclusive VIP concert experience to meet Justin Bieber

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions has launched a new auction offering bidders the opportunity to bid on an exclusive VIP concert experience with Justin Bieber. Open now through Oct. 25, the auction package features two tickets and meet-and-greet passes to an upcoming Bieber concert.

To place your bid on this exclusive experience, visit All proceeds will benefit the GRAMMY Foundation.

Pre-Order The 2013 GRAMMY Nominees Album Now
2013 GRAMMY Nominees album available for pre-order now


Pre-Order The 2013 GRAMMY Nominees Album Now

Latest edition of best-selling series available Jan. 22, 2013; fans can pre-order the album and enter to win a trip for two to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

The Recording Academy's GRAMMY Recordings and Capitol Records have teamed to release the 2013 GRAMMY Nominees album, which will be available Jan. 22, 2013, in stores and via digital retailers. The 19th installment of the best-selling series will feature a bevy of this year's GRAMMY-nominated artists and hit songs across multiple genres. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the album will help support the year-round efforts of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Foundation — two charitable organizations of The Recording Academy.

Following the success of last year's contest, music fans can log on to to pre-order the 2013 GRAMMY Nominees album and enter to win a trip for two to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

"It's an honor to join forces with Capitol Records to deliver a truly diverse collection encompassing a variety of genres and highlighting today's most talented musicians," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "After the success of last year's pre-order enter-and-win sweepstakes, we're once again thrilled to give music fans the opportunity to experience Music's Biggest Night firsthand. And, it's gratifying to be able to continue our support of the crucial work that MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation carry out year-round."

Dan McCarroll, president of Capitol Records, added, "Capitol is honored to collaborate with The Recording Academy on this prestigious series. This year has been a remarkably strong year in music, and encompassing the highlights of 2012 on a single release supporting these charities is immensely gratifying."

The road to Music's Biggest Night begins with "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" and culminates with the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. 

For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook


GRAMMY Foundation Announces 2012 GRAMMY Signature Schools

Program provides grants to 18 public high schools for excellence in music education

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

The GRAMMY Foundation today announced that 18 schools nationwide have been selected as GRAMMY Signature Schools for 2012 and have been awarded cash grants totaling more than $100,000. Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Fla., has been designated the 2012 National GRAMMY Signature School and will receive a grant of $15,000.

Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year. GRAMMY Signature Schools are made possible in part through the generous support of Best Buy, Campbell's Labels for Education program, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and Gibson Foundation.

"Our GRAMMY Signature Schools program is making a real difference in the lives of young people in public high school music programs across the country," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. "With the generous support of our partners, we've been able to grow this program's reach, and further the GRAMMY Foundation's commitment to fostering excellence in music education."

Each of the 18 GRAMMY Signature Schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant to benefit its music program. The top six schools are designated Gold recipients. The best of the Gold recipients is named the National GRAMMY Signature School. The National GRAMMY Signature School will receive $15,000, and the five remaining Gold schools each will receive $5,000. One remaining GRAMMY Signature Schools recipient will receive a grant of $2,500 to benefit its music programs. In the Enterprise Award category, which recognizes efforts made by schools that are economically underserved, 11 schools will receive a grant of $5,500 each.

In August 2010, the GRAMMY Foundation launched the GRAMMY Signature Schools Community Award, a new extension of the GRAMMY Signature Schools program in partnership with Best Buy Mobile. To celebrate the opening of new Best Buy Mobile stores, the GRAMMY Foundation identified deserving public high school music programs to receive the award and a $2,000 grant. During the past year, approximately 100 schools have received the GRAMMY Signature Schools Community Award, and total dollars granted were in excess of $200,000.

The selection process for GRAMMY Signature Schools begins each year in August when the GRAMMY Foundation mails notification to more than 20,000 public high schools from districts large and small, urban, suburban, and rural, requesting information about each school's music program. Applications are completed and submitted online in October at After the applications are scored, finalists are identified and asked to submit additional documentation, such as recordings of school concerts, sample concert programs and repertoire, which is then reviewed by an independent blue ribbon committee of top music educators and professionals to determine the schools that merit GRAMMY Signature School status.