Unique Summer Program Brings Together Youth

With Outstanding Artists And Music Industry Professionals

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (May 14, 2015) — The GRAMMY Foundation® announced today that 132 talented high school students from 100 U.S. cities and 28 U.S. states have been selected as participants in the 11th annual GRAMMY Camp® program. Additionally, through a partnership with Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry, four international students from England and Japan will attend GRAMMY Camp in Los Angeles, bringing the total number of students attending all three of this year's GRAMMY Camps to 136. 

The Foundation's signature music industry camp for U.S. high school students will be held in Nashville, Tenn., from June 1–5 at Belmont University; Los Angeles from June 20–29 at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music; and in New York from Aug. 2–10 at Converse Rubber Tracks (in Brooklyn). This GRAMMY in the Schools® program is supported by Best Buy, Converse and Journeys. Additional program support is provided by Mrs. Mike Silverman, Hot Topic Foundation, RBC Foundation USA, and other individual donors.

"From its first summer 11 years ago through today, I've seen the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Camp grow into a hallmark program that gives young people a truly immersive summer learning experience," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation. "Not only do GRAMMY Campers build lasting friendships, but they live and learn lasting lessons about how to seriously pursue a career in the music industry."

Applications for GRAMMY Camp 2016 will be online later this summer at The deadline to apply is March 31, 2016. Financial aid is available and approximately 90 percent of GRAMMY Camp participants who have applied for financial aid have received assistance.

GRAMMY Camp Nashville: June 1–5

The program offers selected high school students an interactive five-day nonresidential summer music experience. This unique opportunity focuses on all aspects of commercial music and provides instruction by industry professionals in an immersive, creative environment with cutting-edge technology in professional facilities. The camp features four music career tracks: Audio Engineering; Songwriting; Vocal Performance; and a Performance track for bass, drums, guitar, and keyboards.  All students will have the opportunity to showcase what they learned during camp at an open house, which will be held during the last day of camp. GRAMMY Camp Nashville will be held at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

2015 GRAMMY Camp Nashville Selectees and Tracks (In Alpha Order by Last Name)

Cassidy Best Murfreesboro, Tenn. Songwriting
Joshua Birdsong Howell, Mich. Songwriting
Jarren Blair Hendersonville, Tenn. Songwriting
Madeline Boreham Coppell, Texas Vocal Performance
Matthew Burhans Tallahassee, Fla. Guitar
William Kelsey Crews Brentwood, Tenn. Guitar
Talon David Greenbrier, Tenn. Songwriting
Matthew Davidson Shreveport, La. Guitar
Brennan Donahue Franklin, Tenn.  Audio Engineering
Justus Farmer Nashville, Tenn. Audio Engineering
Jack Filipovic Brentwood, Tenn. Bass
Allirose Fordyce Spring, Texas Songwriting
Ele Gilliland Spring Hill, Tenn. Songwriting
Easton Hamlin Spring Hill, Tenn. Songwriting
Jonathan Haynes Antioch, Tenn. Audio Engineering
Brittany Hewitt Sachse, Texas Songwriting
Christian Kebert Franklin, Tenn. Audio Engineering
Anna McLaughlin Media, Pa. Guitar
Kate McLaughlin Indianapolis  Audio Engineering
Madeleine Medley Franklin, Tenn. Audio Engineering
Briana Middleton Nashville, Tenn. Vocal Performance
Charles Miller Houston Drums
Matt Mitchell Hendersonville, Tenn. Drums
Sarah Morey Tampa, Fla. Songwriting
Anna Pearson Whites Creek, Tenn. Vocal Performance
Kat Saul Brentwood, Tenn. Audio Engineering
Alex Schneider Spring Hill, Tenn. Audio Engineering
Lexi Seymour Spring Hill, Tenn. Songwriting
Ayana Shepherd Nashville, Tenn. Audio Engineering
Hayden Smith Knoxville, Tenn. Audio Engineering
Caleb Starnes Franklin, Tenn. Audio Engineering
Silas Terry White House, Tenn. Bass
Benjamin Thomas Nashville, Tenn. Audio Engineering
Mulan Throneberry Decatur, Ala. Keyboards
Sean VanMeter Jefferson, Ga. Keyboards
Paul Vinson Cantonment, Fla. Vocal Performance
Emmie Wade Nashville, Tenn. Songwriting
Sylvie Wiley North Hollywood, Calif. Vocal Performance
Jordan Xidas Wilmette, Ill. Songwriting

GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles: June 20–29

GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles 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 features eight music career tracks: Audio Engineering; Electronic Music Production; Music Business; Music Journalism; Songwriting; Video Production & Motion Graphics; Vocal Performance; and a Performance track for bass, drums, guitar, keyboards, and winds & strings. All tracks culminate in media projects, recordings and/or performances. GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles will be held at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and other professional venues throughout Los Angeles.

2015 GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles Selectees and Tracks (In Alpha Order by Last Name)

Omar Akrouche Irvine, Calif. Bass
Jess Araten Gwynedd Valley, Pa. Guitar
Ricardo Beltran Manor, Texas Saxophone
Julia Braverman Demarest, N.J. Music Journalism
Conner Broome Hendersonville, Tenn. Keyboards
Dante Brown Studio City, Calif. Audio Engineering
Matthew Burhans Tallahassee, Fla. Guitar
Jeannie Cajas Los Angeles  Guitar
Markus Cancilla Santa Monica, Calif. Electronic Music Production
Kevin Cincotta Dayton, Md. Saxophone
Logan Contino Lenexa, Kan. Guitar
David Cooper Hendersonville, Tenn. Trombone
Randon Davitt Huntington Beach, Calif. Bass
Sophie Elkins Pacific Palisades, Calif. Vocal Performance
Darren Fuselier Torrance, Calif. Audio Engineering
Noah Garrett Kansas City, Mo. Electronic Music Production
David Goll Scottsdale, Ariz. Electronic Music Production
Solveig Gordon North Mankato, Minn. Video Production
Yannis Hannachi England Electronic Music Production
Caylan Hays Union, Ky. Songwriting
Jack Ingram Overland Park, Kan. Songwriting
Nicole Into Harvard, Mass. Music Business
Joelle Israel Chicago  Electronic Music Production
Justin Kass Santa Barbara, Calif. Drums
Allison Kelly Saint Augustine, Fla. Songwriting
Isabella King San Antonio Music Journalism
James King Harvey, La. Audio Engineering
Kyle Knudsen Palm Harbor, Fla. Songwriting
Jarrett Lampley Chicago  Music Journalism
Mikey LaSusa Eagan, Minn. Guitar
Katherine Liebetrau Troy, Mich. Music Business
Ryan MacCuish Pacific Palisades, Calif. Music Business
McKenzie Madkins Cooper City, Fla. Music Business
Ashlin-Raine Manderson Smyrna, Ga. Music Business
Alejandra Matheu-Rios Henderson, Nev. Music Business
Josh Mehling Houston  Electronic Music Production
Tristan Mendoza San Antonio, Texas Electronic Music Production
Nicole Miller West Des Moines, Iowa Songwriting
Honor Milton Houston Music Business
Lyndsay Munich Buffalo, N.Y. Audio Engineering
Felice Munoz Los Banos, Calif. Bass
Connor O'Keefe Minneapolis Video Production
Greta Pasqua Santa Monica, Calif. Vocal Performance
Ryan Peete Woodland Hills, Calif.  Songwriting
Taylor Perry Camp Hill, Pa. Songwriting
Natalie Pluto Ashburn, Va. Video Production
Lydon Quill El Cajon, Calif. Electronic Music Production
Jonathan Redwood Lakeview Terrace, Calif. Drums
Jobi Riccio Morrison, Colo. Songwriting
Anthony Richard Jr. Gretna, La. Video Production
Joshua Robinson Hampton, Ga. Music Journalism
Adrian Rodriguez Los Angeles Guitar
Peter Russo New York  Audio Engineering
Shilpa Sadagopan Pearland, Texas Vocal Performance
Derick Sam New Orleans  Audio Engineering
Ricardo Sanchez Kissimmee, Fla. Music Journalism
Lexi Shannon Camp Hill, Pa. Music Journalism
Karen Shiraishi England Keyboards
Charles Smith Los Angeles  Music Business
Amanda Stover Parsippany, N.J. Video Production
Kazuhiro Takemoto Japan Keyboards
Daiki Takeuchi Japan Drums
Elise Trouw La Jolla, Calif. Drums
Josh Turner Burbank, Calif. Bass
Maggie Valdman Malibu, Calif. Vocal Performance
Eric Van Thyne Yorba Linda, Calif. Audio Engineering
Madi Walsh Temecula, Calif. Electronic Music Production
Isabelle Warner Edina, Minn. Audio Engineering
Andrew Weitz Los Angeles  Electronic Music Production
Kyra Williams Philadelphia  Music Journalism
Paris Williams Redmond, Wash. Songwriting
Adam Yaron Los Angeles  Songwriting

GRAMMY Camp New York: Aug. 2–10

GRAMMY Camp New York is a nine-day residential program that offers selected high school students an interactive summer music experience. This unique experience focuses on all aspects of commercial music and provides instruction by industry professionals in an immersive, creative environment with cutting-edge technology in professional facilities. The program features six music career tracks: Audio Engineering; Electronic Music Production; Songwriting; Video Production & Motion Graphics; Vocal Performance; and a Performance track for bass, drums, guitar, keyboards, and winds & strings. All tracks culminate in media projects, recordings and/or performances. GRAMMY Camp New York will be held at Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn.

2015 GRAMMY Camp New York Selectees and Tracks (In Alpha Order by Last Name)

Diamond Allen Stafford, Va. Vocal Performance
Jarren Blair Hendersonville, Tenn. Songwriting
Anfernee Cooke Rosedale, N.Y. Video Production
Shannon Corsi Rumson, N.J. Songwriting
Lauren Craig Chicago  Video Production
Cael Dadian San Diego  Vocal Performance
Ted Davis Alexandria, Va. Drums
Blu Detiger New York  Bass
Kayla DeWitt Encinitas, Calif. Audio Engineering
Brendan Ferry Clarksburg, Md. Audio Engineering
Nick Foose Lancaster, Pa. Electronic Music Production
Kyla Foster-Bagley Brooklyn, N.Y. Video Production
Justin Gerber Los Angeles  Guitar
Brian Lei Los Altos Hills, Calif. Audio Engineering
Catherine McCreary Atlanta  Vocal Performance
Sage Melcher Honeoye Falls, N.Y. Songwriting
Pete Miller Katonah, N.Y. Electronic Music Production
Karl Munroe Yarmouth, Maine Songwriting
Gillian Pasley Concord, Mass. Songwriting
Jim Pray Lowell, Ore. Guitar
Jared Rapoza Concord, Mass. Electronic Music Production
Anders Seline Delaware, Ohio Drums
Alexander Sopala Chicago  Audio Engineering
Ava Suppelsa Evanston, Ill. Songwriting
Damian Valverde Forest Hills, N.Y. Electronic Music Production
Gabriela Weitzenfeld Tampa, Fla. Keyboards
Melanie Wu Miami  Video Production

The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1988 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 partnered to present the first Music Educator Award in 2014. Open to current U.S. music teachers in kindergarten through college, the third annual Music Educator AwardTM will be given out during GRAMMY Week 2016. For more information about our music education programs, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, please "like" GRAMMY in the Schools on Facebook, follow the GRAMMY Foundation on Twitter (@GRAMMYFdn), and join us on Instagram (@GRAMMYFdn). 

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Journeys is a leader in the teen specialty retail scene, with more than 800 stores in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Journeys uses fashion savvy and merchandising science to keep in step with the fast-paced footwear and accessories market for 13- to 22-year-old guys and girls. Journeys offers a wide variety of trendy, relevant brands that cater to teens that seek the hottest, new styles. However, the Journeys store is more than a retail environment — it's an extension of the teen lifestyle. From the plasma TVs playing exclusive content and the latest music videos, to the visual merchandising strategy and promotions, to the employees whose image and style reflect the customers' lifestyle and attitude. In addition, Journeys reaches its customers through, a mobile website, catalog, national advertising, strategic cross-promotions, social media and grassroots events like the Noise Tour. Journeys — An Attitude You Can Wear! Journeys is a division of Genesco Inc.

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