Anne Heaton, GRAMMY Camp instructor
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GRAMMY Camp—Weekend's Music Career Training Coming To Ft. Lauderdale
A special GRAMMY Camp—Weekend will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Saturday, Dec. 1, offering students from the area in-depth advice and instruction for three career tracks: electronic music production, video production and vocal performance. A career-minded introduction to the music industry, the program is conducted in partnership between the GRAMMY Museum and HANDY, the Broward County youth development organization helping more than 1,200 local-area kids annually with the transition to becoming self-sufficient and educated adults.
The day's program begins with all the students together before they divide into the three dedicated tracks to work with GRAMMY Camp's guest professionals, who blend straight talk and reliable advice to show these high school students how they too can make progress for their own careers.
A collaborative session including everybody then shows how the different pieces of the music industry puzzle fit together, with an emphasis on how students can maximize their own potential to fit into the industry ecosystem. Students will explore career strategies they can use to turn their passion and talent for music into livelihoods.
The professionals participating in the all-day event are each exemplars of their respective crafts. The electronic music production track is led by Rick Schmunk, chair of USC Thornton School of Music's music technology program, where he is an associate professor. Besides his published research Schmunk has assisted many online to express themselves creatively with production software such as Ableton.
The video production track will be led by independent filmmaker Michelle Ehlen who proves that writing, directing, acting and more can all exist in one capable professional. Her unique comedy takes on society satirize and warp gender conventions, while she also is in-demand producing, directing and editing many projects.
The vocal performance track is led by folk singer/songwriter Anne Heaton, an honest voice and expert pianist. Many albums followed her impressive 2003 debut Black Notebook and her taste in strong musical choices has always stood out. As an instructor, Heaton's guidance has uniquely enriched the next generation both face-to-face and online.
This weekend edition is affiliated with the five-day immersive GRAMMY Camp held by the GRAMMY Museum from July 23 through July 27 in Los Angeles, for which applications are now open. The community of music creators show that careers in the music industry can be established when talent and dedication come together. GRAMMY Camp programs are unique mentoring experiences, helping the next generation of music industry professionals to grow.