On August 7, the New York installment of GRAMMY Camp will culminated with a launch party at Best Buy Theater in Times Square featuring original performances and video presentations created by students during GRAMMY Camp, as well as a networking session with several industry professionals and artists.

Guest professionals and artists who attended the launch party included GRAMMY winners Scott Jacoby, engineer/mixer; Angela Hunte-Wisner, songwriter; and Andres Levin, producer; GRAMMY-nominated artists Marsha Ambrosius and Vanessa Carlton; Dan Cherry, chief marketing officer, New York Cosmos; Phylicia Fant, vice president of publicity, Warner Bros. Records; Jeff Franzel, songwriter/composer; Jeanne Meyer, executive vice president of corporate communications, Current Media; Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation; and Rusty Rueff, Vice Chair, GRAMMY Foundation Board.

This year the GRAMMY Foundation selected 111 talented high school students from 93 cities across the United States to participate in the seventh annual GRAMMY Camp. GRAMMY Camp in New York was held in Brooklyn, N.Y., from Aug. 2–8 as a seven-day residential program for high school students that offers campers the opportunity to work in integrated industry teams in the following three fields: Music Business & Production, Singer/Songwriter, and Performance — Instrumental or Vocal. This real-world, hands-on environment involved an in-depth look at the entire creative process from the first spark of original material through the promotion of a finished song. GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles took place July 9–18 at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

GRAMMY Camp was supported in part by Best Buy, Converse and the Hot Topic Foundation. This year, financial assistance for GRAMMY Camp was provided by ASCAP, BET, the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Fund, Ford Motor Company Fund, Hot Topic Foundation, and KCRW, as well as several individual donors.

On August 3, as part of the Samsung AT&T Summer Krush concert series, GRAMMY-winning rock band Coldplay performed a concert at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on the UCLA campus, with net proceeds benefitting the GRAMMY Foundation’s GRAMMY in the Schools education programs.

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