GRAMMY Camp Gives High School Students Intro to Music Industry

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For 50 years, teens have been watching the annual GRAMMY Awards® show and dreaming of a career in music. This past Saturday, for the first time ever, 34 female high school students were granted the privilege of working side-by-side with GRAMMY Foundation® professionals to develop industry skills and get a taste of the music business. Held on DePaul University’s Loop Campus, Best Buy GRAMMY Camp® – Weekend, powered by Chicago City of Learning, gave students free, expert training in Songwriting, Electronic Music Production or Audio Engineering. “You don’t know how much this means to me,” said 11th grader Sydney Evans. “Songwriting is my dream, and you guys are helping me achieve my goals!”

Approximately 50 other applicants were gleaned from high schools citywide, as well as after school programs, such as those offered by the Best Buy Teen Tech Center at Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy and other Chicago City of Learning partner organizations like YOUmedia, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, GlobalGirl Media, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago and After School Matters. The participants of this camp will have the chance to apply for a full scholarship to the summer residential GRAMMY Camp program. Anyone interested in an immersive music industry summer experience is encouraged to apply to GRAMMY Camp at before the March 31, 2015 deadline. For more information about our music education programs, please visit

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Aimee Rodriguez, a GlobalGirl Media reporter and a student at Theodore Roosevelt High School, won an iPad Mini after signing up for a Chicago City of Learning account at Best Buy GRAMMY Camp – Weekend in Chicago.
Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy® /, Photo by Barry Brecheisen © 2014.

GRAMMY Foundation’s Greg “Stryke” Chin teaches Electronic Music Production to several high school girls, including Joelle Israel (seated) and Kiana Cabrera at Best Buy GRAMMY Camp – Weekend, presented by Chicago City of Learning. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy® /, Photo by Barry Brecheisen © 2014.

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