GRAMMY Foundation Launches Bruno Mars Scholarship Fund

The GRAMMY Foundation announced today that five students will receive financial assistance for GRAMMY Camp through the support of the Bruno Mars Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund was established through a grant from the Hawai'i Community Foundation at the recommendation of Bruno Mars. The fund will cover the tuition of one qualified high school student each year for the next five years with preference given to students from Hawaii.

"Over the past 10 years, GRAMMY Camp has emerged as one of the most interactive and immersive training grounds for young people interested in a range of careers in the music industry," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. "The program's success has inspired us to offer a new residential GRAMMY Camp this summer in St. Paul at McNally Smith College of Music, and a new nonresidential version of GRAMMY Camp in Nashville at Belmont University, in addition to our traditional locations in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, and in Brooklyn at Converse Rubber Tracks. Frankly, there are no limits on how far we can take GRAMMY Camp given our goal to foster the next generations of music makers."

To be eligible, U.S. high school applicants must complete an online application, video audition and a financial assistance form at www.grammyintheschools.com. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2014. The scholarship recipient will be notified in May. Approximately 75 percent of GRAMMY Camp participants who applied for financial aid have received assistance from the GRAMMY Foundation.

Now in its 10th year, GRAMMY Camp offers selected high school students an interactive residential summer music experience focusing on all aspects of commercial music with instruction by industry professionals in an immersive creative environment with cutting-edge technology in professional facilities. The program offers seven music career 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. This real-world, hands-on environment will involve an in-depth look at the entire creative process from the first spark of original material through the promotion of a finished product, and will culminate in a launch party.

GRAMMY Camp Nashville will take place June 9–13 and feature a nonresidential day camp at Belmont University. GRAMMY Camp St. Paul, Minn., will take place June 13–21 at McNally Smith College of Music. GRAMMY Camp L.A. will be hosted July 12–21 by the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. GRAMMY Camp N.Y. will take place Aug. 3–11 at Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn.

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Kevin Burke

Attended GRAMMY Camp New York 2011, 2012; GRAMMY In The Schools Media Team 2012

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