GRAMMY Camp

Apply for GRAMMY Camp 2015

GRAMMY Camp is the best summer music industry program ever. Ask anyone who’s been there.

You get to spend more than a week living, breathing, eating, drinking music – with students from all over the country and music industry pros who know how it all works. You’ll meet guest artists, write and record new music, visit cool music sites, and finish strong with a final concert in a professional venue. And you’ll get really great GRAMMY Camp swag.

Plus – financial assistance is available for students who need it.

GRAMMY Camp is a live-in music industry camp where participants with varied interests learn how the music business works. They leave with a greater sense of how they can develop a strategy that will increase their chances at having a successful career in music.

Check out all of the possible career tracks:

Audio Engineering

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.)

Submission Requirements

Submit two music and/or video selections as MP3s or SoundCloud links of projects you have recorded and/or mixed either in a recording or live performance setting. You must provide a brief yet detailed description of what you did and how you did it for each selection (i.e. recorded, mixed, equipment used, location, etc.). Please label your materials with your name, phone number and Career Track.

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.

Submission Requirements

Two examples in MP3 format (or on a CD, please send two identical copies) of music you have created using computer-based platforms (with or without the addition of live instruments). You must provide a brief yet detailed description of what you did and how you did it for each selection (i.e. recorded, mixed, equipment used, location, etc.). Please label your materials with your name, phone number and Career Track.

Songwriting

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 you to be a singer. However, you should have a rudimentary understanding of music theory, and piano or guitar performance abilities.

Submission Requirements

Video of you or someone else singing two of your original compositions. If someone else is performing you must make an on-camera introduction of the each song and performer(s). All songs must be written solely by you. You can either upload your video to YouTube.com and submit your link(s) (see below) OR mail in a three (3) identical copies on DVDs labeled with your name, phone number, name of each composition, and Career Track. You are encouraged to submit lyric sheets with your songs

Performance - Vocal

This track is for singers only. If you are a singer/songwriter you 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.

Submission Requirements

Video of you singing two songs of differing styles and/or tempos. Announce the songwriter artist before you sing the song. Performance with live or recorded accompaniment is preferred. You can either upload your video to YouTube.com and submit the link(s) (see below) OR mail in a three (3) identical copies on DVDs labeled with your name, phone number, name of each composition, and Career Track. You are encouraged to submit lyric sheets with your songs.

Music Journalism

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.

Submission Requirements

Submit two samples of your work, either written or multimedia (video or audio) that best represent your journalism skills. This could include, but is not limited to school news outlets, blogs, webisodes, podcasts, class projects, etc. in which you are the primary writer, reporter or spokesperson. Please indicate where the pieces have previously appeared (online, school magazine or newspaper, etc.). Please label the email subject line with your name, phone number and Career Track. Hard copies of the articles and/or writing samples will not be returned to you. For video submissions, either upload to YouTube.com and submit the link(s) OR mail two identical DVD copies, labeled with your name, phone number and Career Track.

Video Production

Campers will receive comprehensive instruction on video recording techniques, including camera and miking technique, pre and post production in multiple applications. Campers will also learn aspects of traditional music and video production, and budgeting as applied to todays’ rapidly changing industry. Students should have a rudimentary understanding of video recording equipment. A familiarity with video editing software is also helpful.

Submission Requirements

Submit two video selections of projects you have recorded and/or edited related in some way to music. It does NOT have to be a music video. You must provide a brief but detailed description of what you did on each project and how you did it (e.g. cameraperson, editor, pre-production, equipment used, editing software used, etc.). Please label your materials with your name, phone number and Career Track and provide the us with the YouTube links in the prescribed manner.

Music Business

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.

Submission Requirements

Please submit a brief (2-6 sentences) written response to each of the following:

-Pick an artist that you would like to work with and describe what role you'd like to play on their team (management, PR, marketing, live event production, legal, etc...) and how you would approach that position.

-Pick a person, a music company, and/or a website that you feel has had an impact on the music industry and explain how.

Please upload answers as a Word document or PDF (see below). Video response submissions are also allowed, but answers should be prepared and recited (no rambling responses). Make sure to label the file with your name, phone number, and Career Track.

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:

You may perform with a band (as long as you are featured), or with recorded accompaniment. You may perform unaccompanied, however it is preferred that you perform with accompaniment. Please also demonstrate your abilities both soloing and comping.

               WINDS & STRINGS - TRUMPET, TROMBONE, SAXOPHONE, VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO, OTHER BRASS, WOODWINDS, & STRINGS

You may perform unaccompanied, with a band (as long as you are featured), or with recorded accompaniment. Original compositions and improvisation are also acceptable. Please list any doubles that you play.

Submission Requirements

Submit video of you performing two musical styles chosen from the following:

        - Rock
        - Pop
        - Jazz
        - Latin
        - R&B
        - Blues

You can either upload your video to YouTube.com and submit the link(s) (see below) OR mail in a two (2) identical copies of DVDs. If you are mailing in DVDs and applying for more than one instrument please submit a separate set of DVDs for each. Make sure to label the DVD with your name, phone number, and instrument you are applying for.

GRAMMY Camp 2014 will have four summer sessions:

GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles – July 12-21, 2014 – USC Campus – Los Angeles, CA

Seventy-five high school students from all over the country will descend upon LA on July 12, 2014 for 10 days of total music immersion. GRAMMY Camp LA is hosted by the USC Thornton School of Music where you spend the bulk of your time, including sleeping, in the dorms and eating in the campus cafeteria. Yum.

Each student comes to GRAMMY Camp LA on a specific track. You work within your tracks and then with the rest of the students to write, record and perform new music. Everybody ends up with an album of the new music, recorded by the engineering track, and a video of the showcase performance – managed and written by the multimedia and music business tracks.

Your day will be packed from early to late – in classes, in rehearsals, on field-trips, and listening to guest artists. GRAMMY nominees and winners make up the core faculty as well as lots of the guests that you’ll spend time with throughout Camp.

Financial assistance is available for students who need it. And a discounted tuition is available if you want to go to more than one session of GRAMMY Camp.

GRAMMY Camp Nashville – June 9-13, 2014 – Belmont University– Nashville, TN

Local high school students will participate in GRAMMY Camp Nashville, a 5-day, nonresidential camp hosted by Belmont University and presented by Journeys and Converse.

This real-world, hands on environment will involve an in-depth look at the entire creative process from its first spark of original material through the promotion and marketing of a finished product.

Your day will be packed with career track classes, rehearsals, and a field-trip. Our core faculty are professionals working in the music industry.

Campers must live in the local Nashville area and provide their own transportation to camp on a daily basis.

GRAMMY Camp New York – August 3-11, 2014 – Converse Rubber Tracks Studio – Brooklyn, NY

Students from all over the country will arrive in Brooklyn on August 3, 2014 for 8 days of total music immersion. GRAMMY Camp NY is hosted by Converse Rubber Track Studios.

This real-world, hands on environment will involve an in-depth look at the entire creative process from its first spark of original material through the promotion and marketing of a finished product.

Each student comes to GRAMMY Camp NY on a specific track. You will work within your track as well as write, record and perform new music with students in other tracks. Everybody ends up with an album of the new music - recorded by the engineering track; and a video of the launch party performance – managed and written by your fellow campers.

Your day will be packed with career track classes, rehearsals, field-trips, and guest professional panels and events. Many of our core faculty and guest professionals are made up of GRAMMY nominees and winners – who you’ll be spending most of your time with throughout Camp.

Campers will sleep and eat in nearby housing accommodations. Financial assistance is available for students who need it. And a discounted tuition is available if you want to go to more than one session of GRAMMY Camp.

GRAMMY Camp St. Paul – June 13-21, 2014 – McNally Smith College of Music – St. Paul, MN

Students from all over the country will arrive in St. Paul on June 13, 2014 for 9 days of total music immersion. GRAMMY Camp St. Paul is hosted by the McNally Smith College of Music.

This real-world, hands on environment will involve an in-depth look at the entire creative process from its first spark of original material through the promotion and marketing of a finished product.

Each student comes to GRAMMY Camp St. Paul on a specific track. You will work within your track as well as write, record and perform new music with students in other tracks. Everybody ends up with an album of the new music - recorded by the engineering track; and a video of the launch party performance – managed and written by your fellow campers.

Your day will be packed with career track classes, rehearsals, field-trips, and guest professional panels and events. Many of our core faculty and guest professionals are made up of GRAMMY nominees and winners – who you’ll be spending most of your time with throughout Camp.

Campers will sleep and eat in nearby housing accommodations. Financial assistance is available for students who need it. And a discounted tuition is available if you want to go to more than one session of GRAMMY Camp.

Are you a college age student passionate about the music industry? We've got a gig for you.

PAID COUNSELOR POSITIONS AVAILABLE - CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR SUMMER 2014

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