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Applications available for Grammy Foundation's music industry camp for high school students

12/22/2010, 5 p.m.

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--The Grammy Foundation's music industry camp for U.S. high school students will be held in both Los Angeles and New York next summer, it was announced today.

Held for the past six years in Los Angeles, the program is expanding to the East Coast to reach a broader range of students, according to The Recording Academy's charitable arm.

"I would encourage any U.S. high school student interested in exploring a career in the music industry--whether as a performer, a producer, a songwriter, a journalist, an engineer or a promoter--to apply to one or both of our Grammy Camps,'' said Neil Portnow, president and chief executive of The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation.

"Everything about this unique experience, from the collaborative nature of the creative exchange among campers to the extraordinary hands-on instruction they receive from Grammy-winning artists and industry professionals, is designed to provide insights, skills and a real-world perspective on what it's like to work in the music industry,'' he said.

"Every music person I speak to about Grammy Camp says, 'I wish they had something like this when I was young.' It's simply that impactful a program.''

Applications can be found online at www.grammyintheschools.com. The deadline to apply is March 31.

About 70 percent of Grammy Camp participants who have applied for financial aid have received assistance, according to the foundation. Students are able to apply to either or both sessions, and there is discounted tuition for participation in both sessions.

The program is supported in part by Best Buy, Converse and the Hot Topic Foundation.

Applications for paid positions as Grammy Camp counselors are also available online at www.grammyintheschools.com.

"This is an ideal moment for us to expand Grammy Camp to New York,'' said Kristen Madsen, the foundation's senior vice president.

"Having an anchor for Grammy Camp in New York gives more students the chance to attend, and provides a convenient location in a very dynamic music market,'' she said. "Both sessions are taught by top music professionals from multiple recording industry disciplines.''

Grammy Camp L.A. will be held July 9-18 at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and other professional venues throughout Los Angeles.

The New York camp will be held in August.