GRAMMY Award winning, GRAMMY Award nominated professionals and industry specialists affiliated with The Recording Academy participate in the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Camp for talented high school students in four cities this summer. GRAMMY Camp application deadline is Monday, March 31st, 2014.
Tenth Annual GRAMMY Camp - the GRAMMY Foundation's signature music industry camp for U.S. high school students - is an interactive summer music experience focusing on all aspects of commercial music. GRAMMY Camp provides instruction by industry professionals in an immersive creative environment with cutting-edge technology in professional facilities. GRAMMY Camp in New York and St. Paul, Minn., will each include a nine-day interactive residential summer music experience. GRAMMY Camp L.A. will host a 10-day residential camp. GRAMMY Camp Nashville will host a five-day nonresidential day camp for local students. 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. This will be the 10th GRAMMY Camp held in Los Angeles and the first camp held at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. Both New York and Nashville have hosted camps in prior years.
- GRAMMY Camp Nashville: June 9–13, 2014 (nonresidential day camp) hosted by Belmont University
- GRAMMY Camp St. Paul: June 13–21, 2014 hosted by McNally Smith College of Music
- GRAMMY Camp L.A.: July 12–21, 2014 hosted by University of Southern California Thornton School of Music
- GRAMMY Camp N.Y.: Aug. 3–11, 2014 hosted by Converse Rubber Tracks
Financial assistance for residential camps is available to qualified students. Funding is generously provided by the ASCAP Foundation Irving Ceasar Fund, Converse, the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Fund, Journeys, the JBD Foundation, McNally Smith College of Music, The Recording Academy, as well as several individual donors. In-kind supporters include: Avid, BET, Centerstaging, El Rey Theatre, Guitar Center, JBL, the New School University for Jazz & Contemporary Music, Roland, Shure, and the USC Thornton School of Music.
U.S. high school applicants must complete an online application, video audition and track-specific requirements at http://www.grammyintheschools.com/programs/grammy-camp/apply by March 31, 2014. The application fee is $25 per person. A separate financial assistance form is also available to needs-based students.
The GRAMMY Camp curriculum engages students in the technical aspects of creating, performing and recording, and emphasizes new and emerging music technologies. The program offers campers the opportunity to work in integrated industry teams in seven tracks: Audio Engineering; Electronic Music Production; Music Business; Music Journalism; a Performance track for Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard, Vocal, and Winds & Strings; Video Production; and Songwriting. Select career tracks offered in each location. All tracks culminate in media projects, album recordings, an open house, and/or performances.
GRAMMY Camp Career tracks:
Campers will receive comprehensive instruction on recording techniques, including mic technique, signal flow, and sonic shaping both in studio and live applications. Campers will also learn aspects of traditional music production and budgeting as applied to today’s rapidly changing industry. Students should have a rudimentary understanding of recording equipment and be familiar with basic audio terminology (i.e. microphone, compression, reverb, etc.)
Electronic Music Production
This Career Track is open to students that want to move their music creation and production skills to a more advanced level. Participants will learn state-of-the-art methods of programming, editing, sampling and mixing on digital audio work stations to help further develop their original compositions. This Career Track will also expose Campers to cutting-edge techniques in digital music production, remixing and sound manipulation.
Aspiring songwriters will sharpen the skills of their craft while exploring song structure, harmony, melody, lyric writing and, where applicable, vocal technique. This track will also provide campers with the opportunity to collaborate with a band, singers and other songwriters. They will also gain valuable insight on sound business practices including effective marketing. This Career Track does not require students to be a singer. However, students should have a rudimentary understanding of music theory, and piano or guitar performance abilities.
Campers will be reporting on and telling the story of GRAMMY Camp. There will be instruction in effective writing and communication techniques in both traditional and new media outlets including, but not limited to online blogging, photo journalism, and journalism practices and ethics.
Campers will receive comprehensive instruction on video recording techniques, including camera and microphone technique, pre- and post-production in multiple applications. Campers will also learn aspects of traditional music and video production, and budgeting as applied to today's rapidly changing industry. Students should have a rudimentary understanding of video recording equipment. A familiarity with video editing software is also helpful.
There are many careers in music that make the success of an artist possible. This Career Track will explore the inner-workings of the music business including, marketing, management, touring, concert production, publicity, entertainment law, and entrepreneurship in this ever-changing industry. Students should have a passion for exploring the non-performance roles on an artist's team and a basic knowledge of the current music industry.
Performance - Vocal
This track is for singers only. If a student is a singer/songwriter they should also consider applying for the songwriter track. Singers’ skills will be honed with a focus on vocal techniques, background (live and recorded) and lead singing. This track will provide campers with the opportunity to work and collaborate with instrumental combos as well as the songwriters while learning valuable insights on sound business practices including effective marketing.
Performance - Instrumental
Musicians will study, rehearse, and perform in multiple settings including live events and studio sessions while also learning practical paths to a successful career as a musician.
Rhythm Section: Drums, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards:
A student may perform with a band (as long as they are featured), or with recorded accompaniment. A student may perform unaccompanied, however it is preferred that they perform with accompaniment.
Winds & Strings - Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Violin, Viola, Cello, Other Brass, Woodwinds, & Strings
A student may perform unaccompanied, with a band (as long as they are featured), or with recorded accompaniment. Original compositions and improvisation are also acceptable.
The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1988 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture - from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations of music professionals. 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. The GRAMMY Foundation influences the lives of young people by opening the windows of opportunity that music can provide for their futures. Nationwide programs range from afternoon sessions with artists such as GRAMMY Camp — Basic Training, to longer intensive experiences such as GRAMMY Camp and GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session, all designed to bring youths together with working professionals. GRAMMY in the Schools programs also recognize excellence in music education through cash prizes and scholarships for schools across the country with GRAMMY Signature Schools program. GRAMMY Camp is a summer camp for high school students with a focus on the many careers in the music industry. [from GRAMMY Camp press release]
For more information: GRAMMY Camp http://www.grammyintheschools.com/programs/grammy-camp
GRAMMY Camp application deadline is Monday, March 31st, 2014.