More than 30 high school students from across the United
States participated in the inaugural Nashville installment
of the GRAMMY Foundation's eighth annual GRAMMY Camp,
held June 17-24 at Black River Entertainment. The eight-day
residential summer music experience provided a real-world,
hands-on environment that involved an in-depth look at the
entire creative process from the first spark of original
material through the promotion of a finished product.
Students were able to participate in several career tracks,
including Music Journalism, Electronic Music Production,
Songwriting, Marketing & Management, Engineering for Audio
& Video, and performance tracks for Drums, Guitar, Vocal,
Keyboard, and Bass.
The program culminated on June 24 at Rocketown in Nashville
with a launch party that featured students performing
original songs and projects created during GRAMMY Camp.
Performers included jazz/blues collective Bean,
remix/production group Loco Syndicate and singer/songwriter
trio Maybe April. Students also received feedback on their
songs from music industry professionals and artists
including Parachute's Will Anderson, singer/songwriter
Sarah Darling and Topspin Senior Director of Artist
Services Wayne Leeloy.
"The biggest hurdle at this point is discovery,"
said Leeloy following Maybe April's performance.
"It's getting people to know you."
The students were also addressed by President/CEO of The
Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation Neil Portnow, who
said, "As you continue your path in music and become
our next generation of artists, industry professionals
[and] audiences, I hope you will carry with you the things
you've learned this summer at GRAMMY Camp
GRAMMY Camp is the GRAMMY Foundation's signature music
industry camp for U.S. high school students. The next
installments of this year's GRAMMY Camp will take place
in Los Angeles from July 14-23, and in Brooklyn, N.Y., from