Unique Summer Program Brings Together Youth

With Outstanding Artists And Music Industry Professionals

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (June 25, 2013) — The GRAMMY Foundation® ( announced today that 99 talented high school students from 87 U.S. cities and 27 U.S. states have been selected as participants in the ninth annual GRAMMY Camp® program. 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 to 103 this year. 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. This GRAMMY in the Schools® program is supported in part by Converse.

"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."

Applications for GRAMMY Camp 2014 are currently online at 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.

"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 L.A.: July 13–22

The program 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 L.A. will be held at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and other professional venues throughout Los Angeles.

2013 GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles Selectees and Tracks

Zoe Adler Long Beach, Calif. Multimedia
Kelsey Alexander Orange Beach, Ala. Music Business
Wes Anderson Oneida, Ill. Bass
Houston Averiett II Missouri City, Texas Audio Engineering
Hudson Barineau Houston Guitar 
Kellcee Batchelor Tarboro, N.C. Music Business
Colby Benson Mililani, Hawaii Songwriting
Harun Bonnett Brooklyn, N.Y. Drums
Haleigh Bowers Chino Hills, Calif. Songwriting
Conner Broome Henderson, Tenn. Keys
Rachel Brothers Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. Songwriting
Patrick Bucknor Los Angeles Electronic Music Prod.
Isaiah Carter Lee's Summit, Mo. Drums
Ryan Casey Glen Allen, Va. Guitar
Ben Cohen Columbia, Md. Electronic Music Prod.
Elizabeth Cohen Los Angeles Music Business
Zoe Concha Beverly Hills, Calif. Vocal
Carter Couron San Diego Drums
Cael Dadian Poway, Calif. Vocal
Daniel Davila Encino, Calif. Music Business
Mark Diaz San Fernando, Calif. Bass
Shelby Dibs Howard Beach, N.Y. Music Business
Isaac Duribe London, England Electronic Music Prod.
Sabrina Elam Baltimore Songwriting
Hayley Emerson Beverly Hills, Calif. Multimedia
Brendan Eprile Bennington, Vt. Vocal
Jacob Feldman Tarzana, Calif. Electronic Music Prod.
Jennifer Firestone Chesterfield, Mo. Music Business
Sophia Forino Corona del Mar, Calif. Music Business
Dane Foster Los Angeles Multimedia
Yasamin Ghodsbin Newport Beach, Calif. Audio Engineering
Wyatt Giampa Portola Valley, Calif. Audio Engineering
Zach Gospe Los Altos, Calif. Songwriting
Alecia Greene Atlanta Multimedia
Rita Guzman Decorah, Iowa Music Business
Raina Henderson Closter, N.J. Electronic Music Prod.
Seth Irby San Diego Bass
Nasya Jeffers Owings Mills, Md. Vocal
Noah Kovalick Newbury Park, Calif. Audio Engineering
Mikey LaSusa Eagan, Minn. Guitar
Devon Lawrence Mill Valley, Calif. Songwriting
Anh Le Madison, Wis. Songwriting
David Li Chandler, Ariz. Keys
Danielle Lowe Los Angeles Multimedia
Wyatt Lowe San Marcos, Calif. Guitar
Kennedi Lykken Spicer, Minn. Songwriting
Graham Marsh Houston Audio Engineering
Jacob McCoy Nashville Audio Engineering
Jonathan McCoy Wyncote, Pa. Electronic Music Prod.
Evan Mehta Burbank, Calif. Keys
Christine Meisenhelter Aberdeen, N.J. Bass
Devan Monroe Pearland, Texas Drums
Autumn Myers Howell, N.J. Music Business
Takumi Nakayama Shizuoka, Japan  Winds/Strings/Horns
Tanya Orlov Redondo Beach, Calif. Audio Engineering
Pavlina Osta Port Orange, Fla. Multimedia
Quinn Oulton London, England Winds/Strings/Horns
Ross Phillips Indianapolis, Ind. Electronic Music Prod.
Jason Saitta Chantilly, Va. Songwriting
Tafari Salaam Beaufort, S.C. Winds/Strings/Horns
Dorian Sanders  Maryland Heights, Mo. Guitar
Ryota Sasaguri Kagawa, Japan  Winds/Strings/Horns
Julian Scanlan Mount Laurel, N.J. Electronic Music Prod.
Drew Schwendiman Summit, N.J. Multimedia
Jahmori Simmons Douglasville, Ga. Electronic Music Prod.
Aaron Spieldenner Normandy Park, Wash. Audio Engineering
Dominic Spitaliere Huntersville, N.C. Electronic Music Prod.
Tyler Talmadge Albuquerque, N.M. Electronic Music Prod.
Chloe Tang Phoenix Songwriting
Camille Thornton Great Falls, Va. Songwriting
Lilliana Villines  Van Nuys, Calif. Songwriting
Chase Walker Riverside, Calif. Guitar
Marcus Wanner Nashville Guitar
Maxwell Yi Houston Electronic Music Prod.

GRAMMY Camp N.Y.: Aug. 4–12, 2013

GRAMMY Camp N.Y. 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. GRAMMY Camp N.Y. will be hosted by Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn, N.Y.

2013 GRAMMY Camp New York Selectees and Tracks

Niki Bottoni Allentown, Pa. Electronic Music Prod. 
Cody Brady Sea Cliff, N.Y. Bass
Brooks Brown  Leawood, Kan. Electronic Music Prod. 
Michael Cappelluti Marlboro, N.J. Keys
Mackin Carroll Huntington Beach, Calif. Songwriting
Lauren Craig Chicago Multimedia
Daniel Davila Encino, Calif Vocal
Isabella Englert Valley Cottage, N.Y. Songwriting
Michael Ervin Rock Hill, S.C. Drums
Amelia Eversole Folsom, Calif. Multimedia
Adam Gould Farmington Hills, Mich. Audio Engineering
Jadha Gunawan Sugar Land, Texas Multimedia
Abby Kanfer Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Multimedia
Samuel Korycki Kalamazoo, Mich. Guitar
Logan Lawrence Arlington, Texas Electronic Music Prod. 
Michael Maple Ashland, Wis. Electronic Music Prod. 
Reath Neilson Pasadena, Calif. Songwriting
Whitney Nixon Corona, Calif. Audio Engineering
Angelica Pollard San Ramon, Calif. Multimedia
Victoria Pritchard Spring Lake Heights, N.J. Songwriting
Valentina Rico Fort Lauderdale Songwriting
Hanani Taylor Columbus, Ohio Vocal
Ben Thomas Philadelphia Audio Engineering
Samantha Vick Seattle Multimedia
Kyle Ward Rumson, N.J. Guitar
Isaiah Weatherspoon Jeffersonville, Pa. Drums
Emily Weeks Atlanta Songwriting
Bobby Woody Baltimore Audio Engineering
T.J. Wooten Tarboro, N.C.  Electronic Music Prod.

The GRAMMY Foundation® was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy®, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. In recognition of the significant role of teachers in shaping their students’ musical experiences, the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy are partnering to present our first Music Educator Award. Open to current U.S. music teachers in K through college, the Music Educator Award will be given out during GRAMMY Week 2014. For more information about our music education programs, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, please like "GRAMMY in the Schools®" on Facebook at, follow the GRAMMY Foundation on Twitter @GRAMMYFdn at and join us on Instagram @GRAMMYFdn. 


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Media Contacts:

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