Students Learn The Music Industry At GRAMMY Camp

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Students Learn The Music Industry At GRAMMY Camp

CREATED Jun 11, 2014
by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Aspiring teen musicians are spending the week at GRAMMY Camp in Nashville. Not only are they learning the music business, they are getting a real-life lesson about the industry.

The 39 students are attending the camp for five days at the Belmont University studios on Music Square East. They had to send in videos to be accepted into GRAMMY Camp.

"You have to audition to get in, so you know they're going to be high-level," said Nashville School of the Arts student Carson Young.

Wednesday was the day students went on a field trip to visit other areas of Music Row. They had a chance to meet with mentors who have been successful in the music industry.

A group of five students sat down with music video producer George Flanigen, who has worked with some of the biggest names in Nashville.

He gave the students advice they can take with them on the road to making it in the music industry.

"I just wanted to impress upon them that they can get there from here, their dreams can come true," Flanigen said.

The teens were listening, and said Flanigen put it out there so they could learn from his past experiences.

"Just make sure you stay yourself, try not to let the big wigs change who you are as an artist. And just be true to what you are and if something doesn't feel right, just go with your gut," said Matthew Davidson, a high school student from Shreveport, Louisiana.

The students will get a crash course in how the music industry works during the five-day camp, but they will not leave knowing everything there is to know.

"But what we do hope that we teach them is, this is what you need to get started, and hopefully they'll come back for another installment of Grammy Camp," said Joseph Langford.

The students will take part in an open house on Friday where their parents can come to the recording studio and see first-hand what they learned at camp.

The GRAMMY Foundation organized the camp. This is the second time it has been held in Nashville. It will also take place this summer in New York, Los Angeles, and St.Paul, MN.

The Nashville camp was underwritten by Converse and Journeys. Students only had to pay $100 for the week-long camp, when it would normally have cost $1000.

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