Magazine article Variety

Kids Get Behind the Music

Magazine article Variety

Kids Get Behind the Music

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Grammy Camp offers tracks in all aspects of music - from songwriting to production

Though plenty of high school kids dream of careers in music, those fantasies aren't always about wailing onstage or writing the songs the whole world sings.

The Grammy Foundation's Grammy Camp, which this year will have a July session in Los Angeles at the USC Thornton School of Music, with an August session in Brooklyn, offers program tracks not only in performance and songwriting, but also audio engineering, electronic music production, multimedia (formerly music journalism) and the music biz itself.

Industry pros, drawn from the Academy's array of connections, offer guidance.

"Kids come together from all over the country," says Neil Portnow, prexy-CEO of the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. "They're selected based on diversity of interest and diversity of background. What we wind up having is a group of kids who, to some degree, could be a microcosm of our industry, all together for that period of time, with the goal of learning as much as they can."

Campers pool efforts for a final concert in a professional venue.

"Those who are creative and musical wind up writing songs (and) putting performances together," Portnow says. …

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