GRAMMY Camp applications for 2023 are now closed, the 2024 application will be live on September 1st.
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GRAMMY Camp is a 7-day non-residential music industry program for high school students interested in careers in music that takes place every July on the campus of the University of Southern California. Students from across the country apply for one of eight career tracks. GRAMMY Camp faculty of music professionals, as well as guest professionals, provide valuable insight to give campers the best chance at achieving success in their chosen career.
The GRAMMY Camp Application is a multi-step process:
- Complete the initial application (contact information, school information, career track, etc.)
- Submit your audition materials. Once you submit the initial application, you will receive a confirmation email that directs you to complete audition materials. Here you will include your video essay and career track requirements. This form is also located on your Dashboard in CampMinder under the “forms” tab once you fill out the initial application.
- Please Note: financial aid forms are available as part of the application process, and all campers must reside with a parent or guardian approved by the GRAMMY Museum Foundation.
All applicants must submit a short video essay explaining what you hope to gain by participating in GRAMMY Camp. Some possible questions to address can include why you want to attend GRAMMY Camp; how you will benefit if accepted; your long-term career goal(s) in the music industry; and some influences in your preferred career track. Be concise. Be creative. Be yourself!
GRAMMY Camp is made possible thanks to the generous support of our presenting sponsor, the Hot Topic Foundation. Additional support provided by:
- Chuck Lorre Family Foundation
- Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation
- First Horizon Bank
- Ford Motor Company Fund
- Natalie Cole Foundation
- Pacific Bridge Arts Foundation
- The Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter
- The Recording Academy Texas Chapter
- The Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter
Check out all of the possible career tracks below and the audition requirements for each:
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.).
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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. Please also demonstrate your abilities both soling and comping.
WINDS & STRINGS: TRUMPET, TROMBONE, SAXOPHONE, VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO, OTHER BRASS, WOODWINDS, AND 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.
Instrumental Submission Requirements
Submit video of you performing two musical styles chosen from the following:
Please upload your videos to YouTube and submit your link(s) to the application form.
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.
Where and when will GRAMMY Camp be held in the summer of 2023?
GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles (non-residential) will be held IN-PERSON on the campus of the University of Southern California.
Sunday, July 16 – Saturday, July 22, 2023.
Where will campers stay in the evenings?
All GRAMMY Campers will need to figure out their own housing and transportation if selected for GRAMMY Camp. There will be a select number of student housing apartments available to families.
My child is 18 or older. May they be on their own?
No. Campers must reside with a parent/guardian or with an adult approved by the GRAMMY Museum.
My child has a sibling who attends college or lives in the GRAMMY Camp host city. May my child stay with a sibling?
No. Campers must reside with a parent/guardian or with an adult approved by the GRAMMY Museum.
Who is eligible to apply to GRAMMY Camp?
To be eligible, you must be a U.S. resident currently enrolled in grades 9–12 (public, private, parochial, home school, etc.). If you are graduating from high school in the spring, you are eligible to apply. However, incoming freshman are not eligible.
What sorts of learning and performing experiences are included?
- Forum discussions, Workshops, Clinics, Panels, and Master Classes with Top Industry Professionals
- Individual and small group instruction
- Interactivity between various Career Tracks
- Media, performance and recording projects
- Music business best practices: How to make a living in the music business
What does a typical day at GRAMMY Camp look like?
Campers typically begin their day with instruction in their specified career track. In the afternoon, they continue instruction, but also have time to collaborate with Campers on various creative projects, within and outside of their tracks.
What is the Music Business track?
This track combines the Concert Production and Marketing & Management career tracks. Students should have a passion for exploring the non-performance roles on an artist’s team and the current music industry.
May I apply if I have no music experience?
While experience varies from Camper to Camper, we encourage anyone seriously interested in music as a career to apply.
How many students attend GRAMMY Camp?
Approximately 75 students are selected for GRAMMY Camp LA.
I attended before and now I'm over 21. Can I be a counselor?
Now that all GRAMMY Camp is non-residential, we no longer will have camp counselors.
What is the program cost and what does it include?
GRAMMY Camp tuition is $1,800 for each seven-day nonresidential camp. Lunch will be provided.
What kind of Financial Assistance is available?
Need–based financial assistance is available and interested applicants must complete the Financial Assistance Form in addition to completing all other application materials. We encourage everyone who is interested in GRAMMY Camp to apply, regardless of your financial situation. Over the past few years, over 70% of those who have applied for financial aid have received some form of assistance, in the form of either a partial or full scholarship.
Is there an Application fee I should know about?
Yes, there is a one–time $25 application fee for GRAMMY Camp. Please note – even if you are applying for more than one session, career track, or field, you only need to pay the $25 fee once. You may either pay by credit card when you submit your online application, or mail a check or money order in with your audition materials made payable to the GRAMMY Museum Foundation. *Please note this application fee is non-refundable even if you decide not to complete the application.
After I complete the online application and submit my Video Essay, am I done?
No, for each Career Track you apply for, there are specific requirements that you must also submit. See the Audition tab for more information.
When is the deadline to apply?
The deadline to apply for GRAMMY Camp is March 31 and all materials should be received by the GRAMMY Museum on or before that date. Should you need additional time, please email us to request an extension.
When will selectees be announced?
We will contact selected campers in early May.
During GRAMMY Camp, how are Campers supervised?
Camp will have a full complement of GRAMMY Museum staff who will be on–site with Campers during their days at GRAMMY Camp.
With the help of your generous support, we can continue to share the gift of music.