GRAMMY Camp is a 5-day nonresidential summer music industry program for high school students interested in having a career in music.
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.
Applications for GRAMMY Camp 2020 are now open.
The deadline for GRAMMY Camp has been extended. We will accept and screen applicants until career tracks are at capacity or April 30, 2020; whichever comes first
July 14-18, 2020
LOS ANGELES, CA
GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles is a 5-day nonresidential summer music industry program for high school students interested in having a career in music. Hosted on the campus of USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, 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.
July 28 – August 1, 2020
GRAMMY Camp Miami is a 5-day nonresidential summer music industry program presented by Royal Caribbean for high school students interested in having a career in music. Hosted at Royal Caribbean’s Entertainment Studio in Miami, students from across the country apply for one of the five 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.
If you have specific questions or would like to attend an upcoming Camp,
please reach out to Julie Mutnansky at [email protected].
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 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.). Please label your materials with your name, phone number, and Career Track.
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 workstations 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.). Please label your materials with your name, phone number, and Career Track.
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 some piano or guitar performance abilities.
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) (see below).You are encouraged to submit lyric sheets with your songs and/or put the lyrics in the YouTube description.
Performance - Vocal
This track is for singers only. If you are a singer/songwriter you should also consider applying for the songwriter track. Singers’ skills will be honed with a focus on vocal techniques for both background (live and recorded) and lead singing. This track will provide campers with the opportunity to work and collaborate with instrumental combos as well as the songwriters, while learning valuable insights on sound business practices including effective marketing.
Submission Requirements: Video of you singing two songs of differing styles and/or tempos. 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) (see below).You are encouraged to submit lyric sheets with your songs and/or put the lyrics in the YouTube description.
Music Journalism (LA Only)
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 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 where the pieces have previously appeared (online, school magazine or newspaper, etc.). Please label the email subject line with your name, phone number, and Career Track. Hard copies of the articles and/or writing samples will not be returned to you. For video submissions, please upload your video to YouTube and submit your link(s) (see below).
Video Production & Motion Graphics (LA Only)
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 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 label your materials with your name, phone number, and Career Track, and provide us with the YouTube links in the prescribed manner.
Music Business (LA Only)
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 as a Word document or PDF (see below). Video response submissions are also allowed, but answers should be prepared and recited (no rambling responses). Make sure to label the file with your name, phone number, and Career Track.
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.
Submission Requirements: 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 soloing and comping. Submit video of you performing two musical styles chosen from the following: Rock, Pop, Jaxx, Latin, R&B, Blues.
Submission Requirements: 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. Original compositions and improvisation are also acceptable. Please list any doubles that you play. Submit video of you performing two musical styles chosen from the following: Rock, Pop, Jaxx, Latin, R&B, Blues.
Once you’ve created your Video Essay and Career Track Requirements, there are two options for submitting them to us:
- Preferred Option: Upload it to YouTube.com. If you only wish to have the GRAMMY Museum to view your video, mark it “Unlisted” when uploading. DO NOT mark it “Private” as this will prevent us from seeing it.
- OR you can mail in 2 identical copies (plus 1 additional copy of the Video Essay per additional Career Track that you’re applying for) on a DVD labeled with your name, phone number, and Career Track on the case and the DVD itself. Please test each DVD on multiple players to ensure it plays on them all and mail to:
GRAMMY Museum Foundation
Attn: Education Department
888 S Figueroa St., Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Where and when will GRAMMY Camp be held in the summer of 2020?
GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles (non-residential) will be held at the University of Southern California, Tuesday, July 14 – Saturday, July 18, 2020.
GRAMMY Camp Miami (non-residential) will be held at Royal Caribbean’s Entertainment Studio, Tuesday, July 28 – Saturday, August 1, 2020.
Where will campers stay in the evenings?
GRAMMY Camp in Los Angeles and Miami is nonresidential. Those attending from outside the Los Angeles and Miami local area must provide their own housing locally. Throughout the week, campers must reside with a parent/guardian or an adult approved by the GRAMMY Museum.
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. citizen 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?
At GRAMMY Camp, students are involved in Forum discussions, Workshops, Clinics, Panels, and Master Classes with Top Industry Professionals. Throughout Camp they will work in individual and group settings and work on media, performance and recording projects. Students will interact with other Career Tracks while learning music business best practices.
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 (Los Angeles only)?
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, and approximately 40 students are selected for GRAMMY Camp Miami.
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 $1,500 for each five-day nonresidential camp. Lunch will be provided. The $25 application fee is applied as a credit toward camp tuition.
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 or 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 final deadline is April 30 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.
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.
When will selectees be announced?
We will contact selected campers in late April or early May.