Los Angeles-Area Students to Attend Grammy Camp - Basic Training, 2/6

Los Angeles-area students will attend GRAMMY CAMP - BASIC TRAINING, February 6, 2013, with an extraordinary lineup of artists and industry professionals offering candid career close-ups.

Artists/creative participants include: Denosh Bennett, vocalist/dancer; Terrence Brown; producer and musical director for Janelle Monae; Evan Bogart, songwriter/producer; Matthew Cherry, music video director and film producer; Billy Hawn, drummer/percussionist; Allison Iraheta, vocalist for "The Tonight Show" Band; Lecrae, current GRAMMY-nominated rapper (Best Gospel Album); Wayne Linsey, keyboardist for "The Tonight Show" Band; Rickey Minor, "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and former GRAMMY Awards telecast musical director; Kevin Ricard, percussionist; Tony Rich, GRAMMY-winning singer; Kevin Savigar, multi-platinum songwriter/producer; Elliott Sellers, music video director; Sy Smith, singer/songwriter; Joseph Trapanese, composer of Disney's Tron: Uprising; Anthony Valadez, KCRW DJ/entrepreneur; Elle Varner, current GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter (Best R&B Song); and Brian Vickers, music coordinator for Bunim/Murray Productions and member of Traces Of Blue.

Industry professionals include: Diana Beas, head of licensing & Latin music for Secret Road Music Services; Rob Bonstein, general manager of The Creed Company; Ryan Chisholm, talent manager, Nettwerk Music Group and co-founder of Hollywood Hack Day; Jeff Cohran, tour manager and partner, The Muddy Water Group; Ivory Daniel, artist manager and Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter Governor; Miatta David, president of MVD Inc.; Avital Ferd, senior vice president, business development at Chromatik; Stacey Ferreira, co-founder of MySocialCloud.com; Bonnie Gallanter, president of Muse Artist Management and co-producer CMJ Music Marathon; Courtney Garcia, entertainment journalist; Thornell Jones, Fortress Marketing; Brandon Operchuck, USC director of performance venues; George "2.0" Peters, program director of new media for Janelle Monáe and The Wondaland Arts Society; Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy, the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares; Rusty Rueff, Chair, the GRAMMY Foundation Board and new venture backer; Christopher Sampson, associate dean for the USC Thornton School of Music; Shara Senderoff, CEO and co-founder of Intern Sushi; Brian Vinikoor, head of marketing and new media, Secret Road Music Services; Larry Wade, executive vice president of The Writing Camp, LLC; Zach Weinreb, Arpeggio Entertainment; Kevin Winston, founder of DigitalLA; Monica Young, Blue Key Management; and Reneeka Versey, A&R and member of All Cows Eat Grass.

The event's aim is to encourage careers in the music business; GRAMMY Camp - Basic Training provides high school students an opportunity to interact with music industry professionals in educational settings throughout the country.

Top music industry professionals discuss the realities of the music business and careers in music with more than 800 Los Angeles-area high school students at GRAMMY Camp - Basic Training, a GRAMMY in the Schools initiative of the GRAMMY Foundation with support from Ford Motor Company Fund and the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Best Buy and Converse. GRAMMY Camp - Basic Training conducts a variety of workshops focusing on various fields in the music industry, utilizing the entire USC Thornton School of Music campus.

It all takes place at University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, 820 West 34th Street, Los Angeles, California.

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
8:30 a.m. Press Check-In (Booth Ramo Concert Hall)
9 a.m. -10:25 a.m. Career Workshops: Session One (Various Classrooms)
9:30 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. One-On-One Interviews with Session Two participants (Booth Ramo Concert Hall)
10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Press Reception/One-On-One Interviews with Session One participants
(Booth Ramo Concert Hall)
10:35 a.m - noon Career Workshops: Session Two (Various Classrooms)
12:05 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:50 - 1:50 p.m. GRAMMY Camp - Jazz Session Performance (Tutor Center Grand Ballroom)

The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts Education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. In recognition of the significant role of teachers in shaping their students' musical experiences, the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy are partnering to present our first Music Educator Award. Open to current U.S. music teachers in K through college, the Music Educator Award will be given out during GRAMMY Week 2014.

The nomination process opens Feb. 10 at grammymusicteacher.com and the deadline for submissions is April 15. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.grammyfoundation.org. For breaking news and exclusive content, like "GRAMMY in the Schools" on Facebook at www.facebook.com/grammyintheschools, follow the GRAMMY Foundation on Twitter @GRAMMYFdn at www.twitter.com/GRAMMYFdn and join the foundation on Instagram @GRAMMYFdn at www.instagram.com/GRAMMYfdn.

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