Bruno Mars Partners with the Hawai’i Community Foundation and GRAMMY Foundation to Establish a GRAMMY Camp Scholarship Fund

The Recording Academy Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/The Recording Academy)

The Recording Academy Logo. (PRNewsFoto/The Recording Academy)

Bruno Mars (Picture by Brothers Le)

Bruno Mars (Picture by Brothers Le)

The GRAMMY Foundation announced today that five students will receive financial assistance for GRAMMY Camp through the support of the Bruno Mars Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship fund was established through a grant from the Hawai’i Community Foundation at the recommendation of Bruno Mars. The fund will cover the tuition of one qualified high school student each year for the next five years with preference to students from Hawai’i. GRAMMY Camp, now celebrating its 10th year, is the GRAMMY Foundation’s music industry camp for U.S. high school students.

“Over the past 10 years, GRAMMY Camp has emerged as one of the most interactive and immersive training grounds for young people interested in a range of careers in the music industry,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. “The program’s success has inspired us to offer a new residential GRAMMY Camp this summer in St. Paul at McNally Smith College of Music, and a new nonresidential version of GRAMMY Camp in Nashville at Belmont University, in addition to our traditional locations in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, and in Brooklyn at Converse Rubber Tracks. Frankly, there are no limits on how far we can take GRAMMY Camp given our goal to foster the next generations of music makers.”

GRAMMY Camp offers selected high school students an interactive residential summer music experience. Focusing on all aspects of commercial music, the camp provides instruction by industry professionals with technology in professional facilities. The program offers seven music career tracks: Audio Engineering; Electronic Music Production; Music Business; Music Journalism; a Performance track for Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard, Vocal, and Winds & Strings; Video Production; and Songwriting. This environment will involve an in-depth look at the entire creative process from the first spark of original material through the promotion of a finished product, and will culminate in a launch party.

To be eligible, U.S. high school applicants must complete an online application, video audition and a financial assistance form at http://www.grammyintheschools.com. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2014. The scholarship recipient will be notified in May 2014. Through the support of several corporate and individual donors, approximately 75 percent of GRAMMY Camp participants who applied for financial aid have received assistance from the GRAMMY Foundation. This program is supported in part by Converse and Journeys.

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