GRAMMY Camp

Applications for GRAMMY Camp 2022 are now open. Click here to apply!

Deadline to Apply: March 31

GRAMMY Camp: July 19-23, 2022

GRAMMY Camp will plan to be IN-PERSON this coming summer, 2022. If for some reason we need to comply with COVID19 issues, Camp will go back to a virtual format again.

GRAMMY Camp is a 5-day nonresidential summer music industry program for high school students interested in having a career in music. Students from across the country apply for one of the eight offered career tracks. GRAMMY Camp faculty of music professionals as well as guest industry professionals provide valuable insight to give the campers the best chance at achieving success in their chosen career.

Financial assistance is available for students who need it.

PLEASE NOTE: During GRAMMY Camp, campers must reside with a parent/guardian or with an adult approved by the GRAMMY Museum.

The GRAMMY Camp Application is a two-step process: 1.) Fill out the initial application (contact information, school information, career track choice, etc.) 2.) Submit your audition materials. Once you submit the initial application, you will receive a confirmation email that directs you to fill out the audition materials form. Here you will include your video essay, and career track requirements. You can also find this form once you fill out the initial application on your Dashboard in CampMinder under the "Forms" tab.

Check out all of the possible career tracks below or download a printable version:

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 at least 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 YouTube 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.).

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 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.).

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 having some keyboard or guitar performance abilities is highly recommended.

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 each song and the performer(s). All songs must be written solely by you. Please upload your video to YouTube and submit your link(s). You are encouraged to submit lyric sheets with your songs and/or put the lyrics in the YouTube description.

Performance - Vocal

The Vocal Performance track is primarily for singers who desire to pursue an artist path in the music industry and/or wish to work as professional vocalists in some capacity (session singer, background vocalist, etc.) If you are a singer/songwriter you should also consider applying for the Songwriting track. Campers will spend their time learning about the many different aspects of a vocalist that must be developed in order to have a successful, sustainable career in the industry, taking the vocalist beyond simply singing well and diving deeply into other essential skills. These include caring for and protecting the voice, developing better relational skills for collaboration, overcoming performance anxiety, increasing business savvy, and identifying ways to up-level musicianship. This track provides campers with the opportunity to collaborate with the instrumental combos as well as create original material with the songwriting track.

Submission Requirements

Video of you singing two songs of differing styles and/or tempos in the following genres - pop, country, R&B, rock, soul, hip hop, gospel, etc. One jazz selection is fine but please do not submit musical theater or classical songs. Announce the title and artist who originally performed the song before you sing each song. Performance with live or recorded accompaniment is preferred. Please upload your video to YouTube and submit your link(s).You are encouraged to submit lyric sheets with your songs and/or put the lyrics in the YouTube description.

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, electronic 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 if applicable, where the pieces have previously appeared (online, school magazine or newspaper, etc.). For video submissions, please upload your video to YouTube and submit your link(s).

Video Production & Motion Graphics

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

Submission Requirements

Submit two video selections of projects you have recorded and/or edited that are 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 upload your video to YouTube and submit your link(s).

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. 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 to these two prompts. Video response submissions are also allowed, but answers should be prepared and recited (no rambling responses).

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. If unaccompanied, play 30-40 seconds with an audible click from a metronome, computer or other device. Please also demonstrate your abilities both soloing and comping.

               

WINDS and STRINGS, including TRUMPET, TROMBONE, SAXOPHONE, VIOLIN, VIOLA, and CELLO, as well as OTHER BRASS, WOODWINDS, and STRINGS

You may perform unaccompanied, with a band (as long as you are featured), or with recorded accompaniment. If unaccompanied, play 30-40 seconds with an audible click from a metronome, computer or other device. Original compositions and improvisation are also acceptable but not required. Please list any doubles that you play.

Submission Requirements (ALL APPLICANTS)

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

        - Rock
        - Pop
        - Jazz (R&B-Jazz; Latin-Jazz; Jazz-Rock; DO NOT INCLUDE SWING STYLES)
        - Latin
        - Hip Hop
        - R&B
        - Blues

Please upload your video to YouTube.com and submit the link(s).

Please make sure if you are uploading video to YouTube and want only the GRAMMY Camp selection committee to see your video, that your video is marked "unlisted" and NOT "private." If your video is marked "private" our screeners will not be able to view the video. If this is the case, we will attempt to contact you to correct it, but it may put your application and eligibility in jeopardy.

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