Fifth Annual GRAMMY Foundation® Event is Sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund

WHO:             Members of GRAMMY Camp® — Jazz Session, along with a special guest performance by GRAMMY® nominees Vampire Weekend. Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation® will be in attendance. For real-time coverage and updates on this event, plus all GRAMMY Foundation events during GRAMMY Week, please like "GRAMMY in the Schools" on Facebook at and follow @GRAMMYFdn on Twitter and Instagram.   

WHAT: Fifth annual GRAMMY In The Schools® Live! — A Celebration Of Music & Education, sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund.  WHEN: 22-Jan-14   **Note New Check-In and Media Times**  6:15 p.m. Media Check-In  7:00 – 7:45 p.m.  One-on-Ones with Vampire Weekend, Neil Portnow and sponsors  7:45 p.m. Doors open to public   8:15 p.m.    Performance  WHERE:  University of Southern California, Grand Ballroom    3607 Trousdale Parkway   Los Angeles, CA 90089


*Platinum tickets start at $100 per person and include a special meet and greet with Vampire Weekend and tickets to the show. Gold tickets (premium seating) are $40 per person and Silver tickets (standard seating) are $20 per person; concert begins at 8:15 p.m. Visit to purchase.*


                        GRAMMY Camp, GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session and GRAMMY Signature Schools are programs for U.S. high school students and high school music programs. They are part of the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY in the Schools offerings and are supported in part by Ford Motor Company Fund and the Starkey Hearing Foundation. The 2014 GRAMMY Camp application deadline is March 31, 2014. Financial assistance is available to qualified applicants. The deadline for the 2014 GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session and GRAMMY Signature Schools programs is Oct. 22, 2014. Applications are available at

GRAMMY Camp offers selected high school students an interactive 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 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 tracks culminate in media projects, recordings and/or showcase performances. Funds help support scholarships to program participants.


                          High school singers and instrumentalists can audition for the GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session. Selectees 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.

Just as the GRAMMY Award recognizes 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 will receive a custom award and a monetary grant to benefit its music program.

The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. A joint partnership and presentation of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, this special award will have its inaugural presentation at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception honoring recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical GRAMMY® Award during GRAMMY Week 2014.

The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 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 Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation are partnering to present their Music Educator Award. Open to current U.S. music teachers in kindergarten through college, the first Music Educator Award will be presented at the Special Merit Awards ceremony during GRAMMY Week 2014. To nominate a teacher for the second annual Music Educator Award, please visit For more information about the Foundation, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, please like "GRAMMY in the Schools®" on Facebook at and follow @GRAMMYFdn on Twitter and Instagram.   

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Christina Cassidy/GRAMMY Foundation/310.392.3777/

Hannah Berryman/GRAMMY Foundation/310.392.3777/

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If you are interested in covering this event, you MUST request credentials no later than Wednesday, Jan. 15. Credentials will be picked up at media check-in on the day of the event. MEDIA MUST BE CREDENTIALED. All satellite truck/van parking must be coordinated no later than Friday, Jan. 17.


Media Contacts:

Christina Cassidy/GRAMMY Foundation/310.392.3777/

Hannah Berryman/GRAMMY Foundation/310.392.3777/

For Ford Motor Company Fund: Edna Sims-Bruce/ESP Public Relations/310.827.9727/


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