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McNally Smith Partners with GRAMMY Foundation® to Present GRAMMY Camp® 2014 in St. Paul, MN

McNally Smith College of Music is proud to announce its partnership with the GRAMMY Foundation® to present GRAMMY Camp® — the Foundation’s signature music industry camp for U.S. high school students — during the summer of 2014. McNally Smith, located in St. Paul, Minnesota, is one of only four host sites for the upcoming year.

GRAMMY Camp provides a unique and exclusive opportunity for high school students to work with industry professionals in cutting-edge music and recording facilities, assisting them in acquiring the skills necessary for a career in music. “We’re thrilled to work with the GRAMMY Foundation to offer young artists and future music producers the chance to explore the exciting and broad career opportunities that exist in the music industry,” says McNally Smith’s President Harry Chalmiers. “Our College specializes in preparing students for contemporary music careers, so our mission is fundamentally in line with the educational goals of the GRAMMY Foundation. This is a wonderful learning opportunity and we’re honored that we’re able to help provide this experience to students from the Midwest and across the country.”

Taking place June 13–21, 2014, the St. Paul installment is a nine-day residential program for high school students offering campers the opportunity to work in integrated industry teams. Campers can choose from a variety of music career tracks that may include Audio Engineering, Electronic Music Production, Music Journalism, Video Production, Music Business, Songwriting, and a performance track for Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard, Vocal, and Woodwinds and String. Students work within their track as well as write, record and perform new music with students in other tracks. Everyone ends up with an album of the new music — recorded by the engineering track; and a video of the launch party performance that is created entirely by the campers at the conclusion of GRAMMY Camp.

“We started GRAMMY Camp nine years ago with a vision of creating an immersive summer music industry program that would give young people the insights, experiences, and skills to take the next steps in their musical lives,” said Kristen Madsen, Sr. Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation. “Now, as we prepare to enter our 10th anniversary in the summer of 2014, we see the lasting value and positive influences that GRAMMY Camp provides the campers who participate each year. Our new partnership with McNally Smith College of Music will help us continue this upward trajectory in a fantastic new setting with excellent facilities for our students.”

“We’re extremely pleased that musically talented students from St. Paul and the region will have the opportunity for a GRAMMY Camp experience in their own back yard,” adds St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. “GRAMMY Camp in St. Paul is a great opportunity to partner with McNally Smith College of Music and the GRAMMY Foundation.”

All interested high school students in the Twin Cities and nationally are encouraged to apply for GRAMMY Camp presented by McNally Smith on their St. Paul, Minnesota campus here:

The deadline for applications is March 31, 2014. Financial aid is available, and approximately 75 percent of GRAMMY Camp participants who apply for financial aid receive assistance. Discounted tuition is available if students wish to attend more than one session of GRAMMY Camp.