SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The GRAMMY Foundation ®( www.grammyfoundation.org) today announced that GRAMMY Camp® — its signature music industry camp for U.S. high school students — will be held in Los Angelesand New York in summer 2013. This will be the ninth camp held in Los Angeles, and the third in New York. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110621/LA23309LOGO) Applications are currently online at www.grammyintheschools.com and the deadline is March 31, 2013. Financial aid is available and approximately 75 percent of GRAMMY Camp participants who have applied for financial aid have received assistance. Students are able to apply to the two sessions of GRAMMY Camp. This program is supported in part by Converse. Applications for paid positions as GRAMMY Camp counselors for young people ages 21–25 are also available online at www.grammyintheschools.com. "GRAMMY Camp is a fundamental part of our music education mission, and for almost 10 years it has inspired and excited hundreds of young people who aspire to a career in the music industry," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy ® and the GRAMMY Foundation. "Each summer, we gather together teens from across the U.S., immerse them in a real -world experience that grounds them in the fundamentals of our business, and the positive effects are truly spectacular — you are seeing the next generation of music makers at GRAMMY Camp." "GRAMMY Camp is a program with true richness in terms of experience," said Kristen Madsen, Sr. Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation. "The teens who participate experience a deeply interactive and collaborative process that draws on the strengths of our guest artists and industry professionals, and provides an unparalleled sense of what it's like to live and breathe music as a career." In related news, the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy are partnering to present their first-ever Music Educator Award to recognize music educators for their contributions to our musical landscape and their positive influence on their students' musical experiences. The award is open to current U.S. music teachers from kindergarten through college, in public and private schools. Anyone can nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators — and teachers are also able to nominate themselves. Nominated teachers will be notified and invited to fill out an application. One winner will be selected from 10 finalists each year to be recognized for their remarkable impact on their students' lives. The first award will be presented during GRAMMY ® Week 2014. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ®, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium. The honorariums provided to the winners are made possible by a grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund. Nominations are online at www.GRAMMYMusicTeacher.com and the deadline to apply is April 15. GRAMMY Camp L.A.: July 13–22, 2013The program offers selected high school students an interactive 10-day residential summer music experience. Focusing on all aspects of commercial music, this unique opportunity provides instruction by industry professionals in an immersive creative environment with cutting-edge technology in professional facilities. The program offers six music career tracks: Audio Engineering; Electronic Music Production; Multimedia (formerly Music Journalism); Music Business; Songwriting; and a performance track for Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard, Vocal, and Winds & Strings. All tracks culminate in media projects, CD recordings and/or showcase performances. GRAMMY Camp L.A. will be held at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and other professional venues throughout Los Angeles. GRAMMY Camp N.Y.: Aug. 4–12, 2013GRAMMY Camp N.Y. is a nine-day residential program for high school students that offer campers the opportunity to work in integrated industry teams. This real-world, hands-on environment will involve an in-depth look at the entire creative process from the first spark of original material through the promotion of a finished product, and will culminate in a launch party. GRAMMY Camp N.Y. will be hosted by Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn, N.Y. The GRAMMY Foundation ® was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy ®, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. In recognition of the significant role of teachers in shaping their students' musical experiences, the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy are partnering to present our first Music Educator Award. Open to current U.S. music teachers in kindergarten through college, the Music Educator Award will be given out during GRAMMY Week 2014. The nomination process is online at grammymusicteacher.com and the deadline for submissions is April 15. For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.grammyfoundation.org. 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