By Phyllis Pollack
Last night's Fourth Annual Grammy Foundation Grammy in the Schools Live concert and gala dinner offered an evening of performances from prodigious students from Grammy Camp, Grammy Camp Jazz Session and Grammy Camp alumni.
The Colombian singer will appear this Friday night, with artists including Elton John, Sting, Mavis Staples and Kenny Chesney at the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute concert honoring Bruce Springsteen.
Snippets were also shown at the event from the mini-documentary film Happy on the Ground, in which high school students discuss their experience at Grammy Camp.
Barry Manilow is among the recording artists that appear in the film, which was recently unveiled at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
The evening offered a chance for Grammy Foundation and Grammy Camp supporters to see first-hand how their donations have helped aspiring high school students that want to work in the music business, not only as musicians, but also in other fields, including music journalism.
Kristen Madsen, Senior VP of the Grammy Foundation also made a speech, noting that those who study music are less likely to have drug or other problems when growing up, that they tend to achieve higher scores on intelligence tests, and that studies prove they end up being more successful later on in life.
The 18-piece Grammy band played under the direction of USC's Justin DiCioccio. Ron McCurdy serves as director for the Grammy Combo and the Grammy Choir, while the Grammy Camp Alumni Band, comprised of members of USC's Pop Music Program was led by Barry Harris.
Grammy Foundation event was sponsored by a sizable donation from Ford Motor Company Fund and the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which works with those who have hearing loss. Best Buy and Converse are two of its other major supporters.
Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation made a speech, thanking supporters, and noting the importance of music education in schools.
Financial assistance is available to qualified applicants. The deadline for the 2013 Grammy Camp Jazz Session and Grammy Signature Schools programs is Oct. 22, 2013. Applications are available at www.grammyintheschools.com.
Grammy Camp offers selected high school students an interactive residential summer music experience. Focusing on all aspects of the music business, this rare opportunity gives instruction by music industry professionals in professional facilities.
The program offers seven music career tracks: Audio Engineering; Concert Promotion/Production; Electronic Music Production; Marketing & Management, Music Journalism; Songwriting and a Performance Track for Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard, Vocal, and Winds & Strings.
All these aspects result in media projects, recordings and/or showcase performances.
Talented high school singers and instrumentalists may audition for the Grammy Camp Jazz Session.
Those chosen to participate will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the host city for the annual Grammy Awards, and students will participate in high-profile Grammy Week performances and recording sessions, and will attend the Grammy telecast.
While the Grammy Awards recognize excellence in recording, the Grammy Signature Schools program recognizes top public high schools across the country for outstanding commitment to their music education programs.
Each of the Grammy Signature Schools receive a distinctive award, and a monetary grant to benefit its music program.
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The Pre-Telecast ceremony, the televised portion of the Grammys, the music industry's “Biggest Night of the Year” will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 10, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. It will be broadcast in high-definition TV and 5.1surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8:00 to 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon.
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers.
The Grammy Awards are the only peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music. The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs.
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