LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The GRAMMY Foundation recently announced that GRAMMY Camp, its signature music industry camp for U.S. high school students, will take place in Los Angeles, Nashville and New York this summer.
The GRAMMY Camp, put on by the GRAMMY Foundation, will begin its eighth year in Los Angeles, its first year in Nashville and its second year in New Year in the summer of 2012.
"We are extremely excited to bring GRAMMY Camp to three dynamic music markets in the summer of 2012, and provide this valuable experience to the next generation of music makers," said Neil Portnow, President and CEO of the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. "GRAMMYCamp is one of our most immersive programs in terms of exposing young people to what it's like to have an actual working career in the music business, and the opportunity to receive instruction directly from GRAMMY-winning artists and industry professionals instills knowledge, confidence and lasting lessons on GRAMMY campers."
Los Angeles' GRAMMY Camp provides high school students the opportunity to learn all aspects of commercial music from industry professionals. Students are immersed in a creative environment primarily at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music for 10 days – from July 14 to July 23. The six career tracks offered are Audio Engineering, Concert Promotion/Production, Electronic Music Production, Music Journalism, Songwriting and Performance.
Nashville's GRAMMY Camp launches June 17, and will last for eight days. The camp will be held at Black River Entertainment in Nashville's music row. High schoolers will be given real-world, hands-on opportunities to look at an artist's creative process. A launch party is the camp's culmination of a week's work.
"GRAMMY Camp is a residential, deeply interactive and collaborative experience that draws on the music industry riches of its respective host cities. We're happy that we'll have a home in Nashville next summer, and frankly see few boundaries in where we can go in the future," said Kristen Madsen, Sr. Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation.
New York's GRAMMY Camp begins its second year by Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn. The camp's focus is similar to the Nashville camp's – to highlight the creative process from start to finish in real-world situations. The New York camp runs from August 6 to August 13.
High school students can apply at www.grammyintheschools.com; the deadline is March 31, 2012. Students can apply to camps at all three locations, and a discount is provided for students attending multiple sessions. For students looking for financial aid, about 75 percent of GRAMMY camp participants who have applied for financial aid receive assistance. Applications for paid counselor positions are also available at www.grammyintheschools.com for people aged 21-25.
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