Our friend, Audrey Sahl, wrote this guest blog for Mic Check:
I checked out the first ever East Coast GRAMMY Camp last week, and was happy to see just as much talent represented in the East as out West. Converse Rubber Tracks hosted the evening’s open mic festivities, so I got a glimpse into the newly opened, community-based recording studio in Brooklyn, NY, and can’t wait to hear the recordings that emerge from those doors in the months to come.
I arrived just in time for some inspiring words from the GRAMMY Foundation’s Senior Director of Education David Sears, and Converse Chief Marketing Officer Geoff Cottrill. Following their remarks, Glee star Matthew Morrison treated us to an acoustic performance and took the time to answer questions from the campers. Then the students took to the stage and proceeded to wow us all with their awesome skills.
After the (very impressive) performances, I had a chance to chat one-on-one with a few campers. Dertrick Winn, Jr. described his experience, “It creates a lot of confidence when you perform and recognize [that] the equipment you’re on is the same as what the professionals use.” Well said, Dertrick. And I’m willing to bet the SM58 mics and SRH440 headphones you used at the camp looked mighty familiar.
In total, 35 high school students participated in the inaugural GRAMMY Camp New York session, comprised of three different program tracks: music and business production; singer-songwriter; and performance – instrument or vocal. If these campers are the creators behind tomorrow’s music, then the future never looked so bright for this industry.
Excited yet? Visit grammyintheschools.com to apply for GRAMMY Camp 2012.