GRAMMY Foundation Selects Students For GRAMMY Camp

Sixth annual GRAMMY Camp to be held at USC and bring students together with artists and industry professionals
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    "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" music director with student Endea Owens at 2009 GRAMMY Camp
June 17, 2010 -- 10:36 am PDT

The GRAMMY Foundation announced today that 82 talented high school students from 73 cities and 20 states across the United States have been selected as participants in the sixth annual GRAMMY Camp.

From July 10–19, these students will work with GRAMMY-winning and -nominated professionals and industry specialists affiliated with The Recording Academy to experience an immersive residential summer music camp that provides hands-on instruction about careers in the music industry. GRAMMY Camp will be held at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and other professional venues throughout Los Angeles. GRAMMY-winning country star Keith Urban will serve as GRAMMY Camp honorary dean.

"Through the interactive and collaborative design of its curriculum across a wide range of music industry career tracks, and the residential nature of the program, GRAMMY Camp provides one of the most genuine, informative and exciting opportunities for young people looking to experience what a career in the music industry is really like," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. "GRAMMY Camp focuses on all aspects of the commercial music industry and brings campers together with industry professionals in a creative environment with cutting-edge technology. It is a truly unique program, and I am especially proud that this year Keith Urban is serving as GRAMMY Camp's honorary dean to affirm his commitment to the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY in the Schools music education programs for young people."

"I was fortunate to have been exposed to music at such a young age," said Urban. "It touched my heart and opened up a world of adventure and possibilities beyond anything I'd ever known. Supporting the efforts of the GRAMMY Foundation through its GRAMMY Camp is something that I feel very strongly about, because I know firsthand what art and music can do for our youth."

The list of guest artists and music industry professionals participating in the 2010 GRAMMY Camp will be announced shortly. Past teaching artists include: singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles; producer Warryn Campbell; recording artist Brandi Carlile; recording artist Jason Castro; GRAMMY -winning songwriter/producer/recording artist Lamont Dozier; multi-GRAMMY-winning group Earth, Wind & Fire; DJ Faust; multi-GRAMMY-winning producer David Foster; five-time GRAMMY winner, Recording Academy Chair Emeritus, and GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Board member Jimmy Jam; singer/songwriter Josh Kelley; saxophonist Dave Koz; songwriter/producer/recording artist Jeff Lorber; multi-GRAMMY-winning producer Manny Marroquin; recording artist Jesse McCartney; Minor Productions Inc. President/CEO, former music director of "American Idol," and recently named music director for "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" Rickey Minor; multi-GRAMMY-winning group Ozomatli; Recording Academy, GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares President/CEO Neil Portnow; recording artist Gavin Rossdale; DJ Shortee; GRAMMY-winning guitarist Steve Vai; Sublime bassist Eric Wilson; and GRAMMY-winning film composer Hans Zimmer.

The curriculum engages students in the technical aspects of creating, performing and recording and emphasizes new and emerging music technologies. The program offers 10 music career tracks: Audio Engineering; Concert Promotion/Production; Electronic Music Production; Music Journalism; and performance tracks in Bass; Drums; Guitar; Keyboards; Singer/Songwriter; and Winds & Strings. All tracks culminate in media projects, CD recordings and/or showcase performances. The showcase concert will be held this year on July 18 at the GRAMMY Museum Sound Stage.

GRAMMY Camp is supported in part by Avid, Center Staging, Coca-Cola, Converse, Epiphone, Guitar Center Hollywood, Mackie, M-Audio, Shure, and others. Financial assistance for GRAMMY Camp is offered to qualified students. This year, a portion of these resources was generously provided by ASCAP, CAA, the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Fund, the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Hot Topic Foundation, and the Les Paul Foundation, as well as several individual donors.

For a list of 2010 GRAMMY Camp selectees, click here.

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