The Recording Academy hosted GRAMMY Camp in Nashville this week for 33 high school students from across the country. Though the camp started eight years ago, this is the first year it was held in Music City. The interactive residential experience focusing on commercial music was held at Black River Entertainment from June 17–24. GRAMMY Camp Nashville offers campers the opportunity to work in integrated industry teams in six fields: Engineering for Audio & Video; Electronic Music Production; Marketing & Management; Music Journalism; Performance — Instrumental or Vocal; and Songwriting.
The faculty included award-winning audio/video producer Nathan Adam; DJ/producer Greg “Stryke” Chin; former music industry executive Amy Macy; Dove, Emmy, and GRAMMY Award-winning songwriter and producer Drew Ramsey; and songwriter and producer/engineer Dave Tough. Gordon Kerr, chief executive officer, Black River Entertainment was also on hand.
Tomorrow (6/23) GRAMMY Camp Nashville will culminate in a Launch Party at Rocketown produced by the students and featuring original performances, content and video presentations created during GRAMMY Camp. The following Industry Advisors will attend the launch party, provide feedback on presentations, and participate in a networking session with the GRAMMY Campers: John Alexander, vice president of strategic marketing, Black River Entertainment; Will Anderson, lead singer of Mercury Records chart-topping band Parachute; Benita Bellamy, chief executive officer, the Bellamy Group, LLC; Tate Cunningham, member of Universal Republic band SafetySuit; Black River recording artist Sarah Darling; Mark Montgomery, founder, Flo Thinkery; and Bryan White, multi-platinum recording artist. Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation® will offer opening remarks, and GRAMMY Foundation Vice President Scott Goldman will moderate the discussion. GRAMMY Foundation Sr. Vice President Kristen Madsen will also be in attendance.