Unique Summer Program Brings Together Youth

With Outstanding Artists And Music Industry Professionals

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (May 14, 2015) — The GRAMMY Foundation® announced today that 132 talented high school students from 100 U.S. cities and 28 U.S. states have been selected as participants in the 11th annual GRAMMY Camp® program. Additionally, through a partnership with Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry, four international students from England and Japan will attend GRAMMY Camp in Los Angeles, bringing the total number of students attending all three of this year's GRAMMY Camps to 136. 

The Foundation's signature music industry camp for U.S. high school students will be held in Nashville, Tenn., from June 1–5 at Belmont University; Los Angeles from June 20–29 at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music; and in New York from Aug. 2–10 at Converse Rubber Tracks (in Brooklyn). This GRAMMY in the Schools® program is supported by Best Buy, Converse and Journeys. Additional program support is provided by Mrs. Mike Silverman, Hot Topic Foundation, RBC Foundation USA, and other individual donors.

"From its first summer 11 years ago through today, I've seen the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Camp grow into a hallmark program that gives young people a truly immersive summer learning experience," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation. "Not only do GRAMMY Campers build lasting friendships, but they live and learn lasting lessons about how to seriously pursue a career in the music industry."

Applications for GRAMMY Camp 2016 will be online later this summer at The deadline to apply is March 31, 2016. Financial aid is available and approximately 90 percent of GRAMMY Camp participants who have applied for financial aid have received assistance.

GRAMMY Camp Nashville: June 1–5

The program offers selected high school students an interactive five-day nonresidential summer music experience. This unique opportunity focuses on all aspects of commercial music and provides instruction by industry professionals in an immersive, creative environment with cutting-edge technology in professional facilities. The camp features four music career tracks: Audio Engineering; Songwriting; Vocal Performance; and a Performance track for bass, drums, guitar, and keyboards.  All students will have the opportunity to showcase what they learned during camp at an open house, which will be held during the last day of camp. GRAMMY Camp Nashville will be held at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

2015 GRAMMY Camp Nashville Selectees and Tracks (In Alpha Order by Last Name)

Cassidy BestMurfreesboro, Tenn.Songwriting
Joshua BirdsongHowell, Mich.Songwriting
Jarren BlairHendersonville, Tenn.Songwriting
Madeline BorehamCoppell, TexasVocal Performance
Matthew BurhansTallahassee, Fla.Guitar
William Kelsey CrewsBrentwood, Tenn.Guitar
Talon DavidGreenbrier, Tenn.Songwriting
Matthew DavidsonShreveport, La.Guitar
Brennan DonahueFranklin, Tenn. Audio Engineering
Justus FarmerNashville, Tenn.Audio Engineering
Jack FilipovicBrentwood, Tenn.Bass
Allirose FordyceSpring, TexasSongwriting
Ele GillilandSpring Hill, Tenn.Songwriting
Easton HamlinSpring Hill, Tenn.Songwriting
Jonathan HaynesAntioch, Tenn.Audio Engineering
Brittany HewittSachse, TexasSongwriting
Christian KebertFranklin, Tenn.Audio Engineering
Anna McLaughlinMedia, Pa.Guitar
Kate McLaughlinIndianapolis Audio Engineering
Madeleine MedleyFranklin, Tenn.Audio Engineering
Briana MiddletonNashville, Tenn.Vocal Performance
Charles MillerHoustonDrums
Matt MitchellHendersonville, Tenn.Drums
Sarah MoreyTampa, Fla.Songwriting
Anna PearsonWhites Creek, Tenn.Vocal Performance
Kat SaulBrentwood, Tenn.Audio Engineering
Alex SchneiderSpring Hill, Tenn.Audio Engineering
Lexi SeymourSpring Hill, Tenn.Songwriting
Ayana ShepherdNashville, Tenn.Audio Engineering
Hayden SmithKnoxville, Tenn.Audio Engineering
Caleb StarnesFranklin, Tenn.Audio Engineering
Silas TerryWhite House, Tenn.Bass
Benjamin ThomasNashville, Tenn.Audio Engineering
Mulan ThroneberryDecatur, Ala.Keyboards
Sean VanMeterJefferson, Ga.Keyboards
Paul VinsonCantonment, Fla.Vocal Performance
Emmie WadeNashville, Tenn.Songwriting
Sylvie WileyNorth Hollywood, Calif.Vocal Performance
Jordan XidasWilmette, Ill.Songwriting

GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles: June 20–29

GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles offers selected high school students an interactive 10-day residential summer music experience. 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. The program features eight music career tracks: Audio Engineering; Electronic Music Production; Music Business; Music Journalism; Songwriting; Video Production & Motion Graphics; Vocal Performance; and a Performance track for bass, drums, guitar, keyboards, and winds & strings. All tracks culminate in media projects, recordings and/or performances. GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles will be held at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and other professional venues throughout Los Angeles.

2015 GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles Selectees and Tracks (In Alpha Order by Last Name)

Omar AkroucheIrvine, Calif.Bass
Jess AratenGwynedd Valley, Pa.Guitar
Ricardo BeltranManor, TexasSaxophone
Julia BravermanDemarest, N.J.Music Journalism
Conner BroomeHendersonville, Tenn.Keyboards
Dante BrownStudio City, Calif.Audio Engineering
Matthew BurhansTallahassee, Fla.Guitar
Jeannie CajasLos Angeles Guitar
Markus CancillaSanta Monica, Calif.Electronic Music Production
Kevin CincottaDayton, Md.Saxophone
Logan ContinoLenexa, Kan.Guitar
David CooperHendersonville, Tenn.Trombone
Randon DavittHuntington Beach, Calif.Bass
Sophie ElkinsPacific Palisades, Calif.Vocal Performance
Darren FuselierTorrance, Calif.Audio Engineering
Noah GarrettKansas City, Mo.Electronic Music Production
David GollScottsdale, Ariz.Electronic Music Production
Solveig GordonNorth Mankato, Minn.Video Production
Yannis HannachiEnglandElectronic Music Production
Caylan HaysUnion, Ky.Songwriting
Jack IngramOverland Park, Kan.Songwriting
Nicole IntoHarvard, Mass.Music Business
Joelle IsraelChicago Electronic Music Production
Justin KassSanta Barbara, Calif.Drums
Allison KellySaint Augustine, Fla.Songwriting
Isabella KingSan AntonioMusic Journalism
James KingHarvey, La.Audio Engineering
Kyle KnudsenPalm Harbor, Fla.Songwriting
Jarrett LampleyChicago Music Journalism
Mikey LaSusaEagan, Minn.Guitar
Katherine LiebetrauTroy, Mich.Music Business
Ryan MacCuishPacific Palisades, Calif.Music Business
McKenzie MadkinsCooper City, Fla.Music Business
Ashlin-Raine MandersonSmyrna, Ga.Music Business
Alejandra Matheu-RiosHenderson, Nev.Music Business
Josh MehlingHouston Electronic Music Production
Tristan MendozaSan Antonio, TexasElectronic Music Production
Nicole MillerWest Des Moines, IowaSongwriting
Honor MiltonHoustonMusic Business
Lyndsay MunichBuffalo, N.Y.Audio Engineering
Felice MunozLos Banos, Calif.Bass
Connor O'KeefeMinneapolisVideo Production
Greta PasquaSanta Monica, Calif.Vocal Performance
Ryan PeeteWoodland Hills, Calif. Songwriting
Taylor PerryCamp Hill, Pa.Songwriting
Natalie PlutoAshburn, Va.Video Production
Lydon QuillEl Cajon, Calif.Electronic Music Production
Jonathan RedwoodLakeview Terrace, Calif.Drums
Jobi RiccioMorrison, Colo.Songwriting
Anthony Richard Jr.Gretna, La.Video Production
Joshua RobinsonHampton, Ga.Music Journalism
Adrian RodriguezLos AngelesGuitar
Peter RussoNew York Audio Engineering
Shilpa SadagopanPearland, TexasVocal Performance
Derick SamNew Orleans Audio Engineering
Ricardo SanchezKissimmee, Fla.Music Journalism
Lexi ShannonCamp Hill, Pa.Music Journalism
Karen ShiraishiEnglandKeyboards
Charles SmithLos Angeles Music Business
Amanda StoverParsippany, N.J.Video Production
Kazuhiro TakemotoJapanKeyboards
Daiki TakeuchiJapanDrums
Elise TrouwLa Jolla, Calif.Drums
Josh TurnerBurbank, Calif.Bass
Maggie ValdmanMalibu, Calif.Vocal Performance
Eric Van ThyneYorba Linda, Calif.Audio Engineering
Madi WalshTemecula, Calif.Electronic Music Production
Isabelle WarnerEdina, Minn.Audio Engineering
Andrew WeitzLos Angeles Electronic Music Production
Kyra WilliamsPhiladelphia Music Journalism
Paris WilliamsRedmond, Wash.Songwriting
Adam YaronLos Angeles Songwriting

GRAMMY Camp New York: Aug. 2–10

GRAMMY Camp New York is a nine-day residential program that offers selected high school students an interactive summer music experience. This unique experience focuses on all aspects of commercial music and provides instruction by industry professionals in an immersive, creative environment with cutting-edge technology in professional facilities. The program features six music career tracks: Audio Engineering; Electronic Music Production; Songwriting; Video Production & Motion Graphics; Vocal Performance; and a Performance track for bass, drums, guitar, keyboards, and winds & strings. All tracks culminate in media projects, recordings and/or performances. GRAMMY Camp New York will be held at Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn.

2015 GRAMMY Camp New York Selectees and Tracks (In Alpha Order by Last Name)

Diamond AllenStafford, Va.Vocal Performance
Jarren BlairHendersonville, Tenn.Songwriting
Anfernee CookeRosedale, N.Y.Video Production
Shannon CorsiRumson, N.J.Songwriting
Lauren CraigChicago Video Production
Cael DadianSan Diego Vocal Performance
Ted DavisAlexandria, Va.Drums
Blu DetigerNew York Bass
Kayla DeWittEncinitas, Calif.Audio Engineering
Brendan FerryClarksburg, Md.Audio Engineering
Nick FooseLancaster, Pa.Electronic Music Production
Kyla Foster-BagleyBrooklyn, N.Y.Video Production
Justin GerberLos Angeles Guitar
Brian LeiLos Altos Hills, Calif.Audio Engineering
Catherine McCrearyAtlanta Vocal Performance
Sage MelcherHoneoye Falls, N.Y.Songwriting
Pete MillerKatonah, N.Y.Electronic Music Production
Karl MunroeYarmouth, MaineSongwriting
Gillian PasleyConcord, Mass.Songwriting
Jim PrayLowell, Ore.Guitar
Jared RapozaConcord, Mass.Electronic Music Production
Anders SelineDelaware, OhioDrums
Alexander SopalaChicago Audio Engineering
Ava SuppelsaEvanston, Ill.Songwriting
Damian ValverdeForest Hills, N.Y.Electronic Music Production
Gabriela WeitzenfeldTampa, Fla.Keyboards
Melanie WuMiami Video Production

The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1988 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture. 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. In recognition of the significant role of teachers in shaping their students' musical experiences, the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy partnered to present the first Music Educator Award in 2014. Open to current U.S. music teachers in kindergarten through college, the third annual Music Educator AwardTM will be given out during GRAMMY Week 2016. For more information about our music education programs, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, please "like" GRAMMY in the Schools on Facebook, follow the GRAMMY Foundation on Twitter (@GRAMMYFdn), and join us on Instagram (@GRAMMYFdn). 

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Journeys is a leader in the teen specialty retail scene, with more than 800 stores in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Journeys uses fashion savvy and merchandising science to keep in step with the fast-paced footwear and accessories market for 13- to 22-year-old guys and girls. Journeys offers a wide variety of trendy, relevant brands that cater to teens that seek the hottest, new styles. However, the Journeys store is more than a retail environment — it's an extension of the teen lifestyle. From the plasma TVs playing exclusive content and the latest music videos, to the visual merchandising strategy and promotions, to the employees whose image and style reflect the customers' lifestyle and attitude. In addition, Journeys reaches its customers through, a mobile website, catalog, national advertising, strategic cross-promotions, social media and grassroots events like the Noise Tour. Journeys — An Attitude You Can Wear! Journeys is a division of Genesco Inc.

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Program Contact:

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