Grammy Camp in LA and NY this summer

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(Photo credit: Grammy In The Schools.com)

(Photo credit: Grammy In The Schools.com)

SANTA MONICA (CNS) – The Grammy Foundation announced today that it will offer its music industry camps for U.S. high school students in Los Angeles and New York this summer.

It will be the ninth Grammy Camp to be held in Los Angeles, and the third in New York.

The deadline to return applications — which are available online at www.grammyintheschools.com — is March 31. Students are able to apply to the two sessions. Applications for paid positions as camp counselors for people ages 21-25 are also available online.

Financial aid for the program is available, and about 75 percent of participants who have applied for financial aid have received assistance, according to the foundation.

“Grammy Camp is a fundamental part of our music education mission, and for almost 10 years it has inspired and excited hundreds of young people who aspire to a career in the music industry,” said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation.

“Each summer, we gather together teens from across the U.S., immerse them in a real-world experience that grounds them in the fundamentals of our business, and the positive effects are truly spectacular,” he said. “You are seeing the next generation of music makers at Grammy Camp.”

Kristen Madsen, senior vice president of the Grammy Foundation, said “teens who participate experience a deeply interactive and collaborative process that draws on the strengths of our guest artists and industry professionals, and provides an unparalleled sense of what it’s like to live and breathe music as a career.”

The Los Angeles camp will be held July 13-22 at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and other professional venues throughout the area. The residential program focuses on all aspects of commercial music.

Six music career tracks are offered: Audio Engineering; Electronic Music Production; Multimedia (formerly Music Journalism); 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 showcase performances.

In related news, the Grammy Foundation and the Recording Academy announced the creation of the Music Educator Award “to recognize music educators for their contributions to our musical landscape and their positive influence on their students’ musical experiences.”

The award is open to current U.S. music teachers from kindergarten through college, in public and private schools. Anyone can make a nomination — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans and administrators — and teachers are also able to nominate themselves.

Nominated teachers will be notified and invited to fill out an application. One winner will be selected from 10 finalists each year.

The winner will be flown to Los Angeles in February to accept the award, attend the Grammy Awards and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium.

Nominations are online at www.GRAMMYMusicTeacher.com and the deadline to apply is April 15.

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