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Midwest’s First-Ever GRAMMY Camp® Kicks off Friday, June 13 at McNally Smith College of Music

Thirty-five talented teenage musicians from across the nation (including four from the Twin Cities metro area), will flock to McNally Smith College of Music this Friday to attend the Midwest’s first-ever GRAMMY Camp® — the GRAMMY Foundation’s® signature music industry summer camp for U.S. high school students.

GRAMMY Camp St. Paul is a nine-day (June 13–21) residential workshop that aims to provide attendees with the information, mentoring, and tools to give them the greatest opportunity to achieve success in the music business. The camp focuses on all aspects of commercial music, providing instruction from industry professionals in an immersive, creative environment that utilizes the cutting-edge technology of McNally Smith’s professional facilities.

One current McNally Smith faculty member (Christopher Blood  Music Production) and a pair of the College’s past instructors (Glassnote recording artist Jeremy Messersmith — Composition & Songwriting, and Dessa/Heiruspecs music director/bassist Sean McPherson — Hip-Hop Studies) are among the leaders of GRAMMY Camp’s various career tracks, which include Audio Engineering, Electronic Music Production, Instrumental & Vocal Performance, Video Production and Songwriting. All career tracks culminate in collaborative media projects, recordings and/or performances.

“GRAMMY Camp is a real-world, hands-on experience that encompasses the entire process of creating and monetizing music — from that first spark of inspiration, all the way through the promotion of a finished product,” says Blood, McNally Smith’s Music Production Department Head. “This global view of the music industry is something we’ve been teaching for nearly 30 years here at McNally Smith, and we’re beyond excited to partner with a world-class organization like the GRAMMY Foundation that shares a similar vision and mission in their programming. These students are going to be well ahead of the curve in terms of the ‘big picture’ and networking with peers and professionals whose interests and skills compliment their own.”

GRAMMY Camp is now in its 10th year, with long-running sites in New York and Los Angeles also participating this summer, in addition to a fourth site in Nashville. For more information on GRAMMY CAMP please visit:

Additional support for GRAMMY Camp St. Paul is generously provided by the Lommen Abdo Law Firm, Schmitt Music, and Travelers Insurance.