St. Paul, MN (April 29, 2008) – Top music industry professionals discuss the realities of the music business and careers in music with more than 300 Minneapolis/St Paul Area high school students at GRAMMY Career Day, an initiative of the GRAMMY in the Schools® program. The day will include a variety of workshops focusing on various fields in the music industry. Students from numerous schools around the area will be represented including: St. Francis High School, Coon Rapids High School, Blaine High School, Anoka High School, Andover High School, S.T.E.P. (Secondary Technical Education Program) and South St. Paul High School. The program is presented by the Gibson Foundation and is free of charge.
“McNally Smith College of Music is pleased to be hosting this year‘s GRAMMY Career Day,” says Andre Fischer, Dean of Music Industries at McNally Smith. “By bringing this comprehensive musical event into our school, students are given the opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with leaders within the music industry while broadening their musical interests and gaining insight into the various career paths that lie before them.”
Among the long list of past GRAMMY Career Day participants includes: John Mayer, Boyz II Men, Melissa Etheridge, David Foster, Jimmy “Jam” Harris, Wyclef Jean, Ashanti, LL Cool J, Branford Marsalis, Curtis Mayfield, Roger Nichols, Phil Ramone, Linda Ronstadt, Arturo Sandoval, Al Schmitt, Jon Secada, Alan Silvestri, Tony Visconti, Diane Warren, Don Was, Trisha Yearwood and Faith Hill.
Featured performers at this year‘s event include A Verse Unsung. Panelists include: Larry Sturm – Engineer/Producer, Pressure Point Recording, Chicago; Michael Freeman – GRAMMY-Nominated Producer/Engineer, Coachhouse Music; Steve Hodge – GRAMMY-Winning Producer; A Verse Unsung; Steve “Silk” Hurley – GRAMMY-Nominated Producer/Remixer, Silk Entertainment; Alice Peacock – Singer/Songwriter/Recording Artist; Kevin Bowe – Writer/Producer, Jonny Lang/Etta James/Paul Westerberg; David Silbaugh – Talent Buyer, Summerfest; Gary D. Hines – Music Director/Producer of GRAMMY-Winning Sounds of Blackness; Heather Nelson-Beverly, Esq. – Law Office of Heather Nelson, P.C.; Peter J. Strand – Senior Counsel, Holland & Knight; Steve Smith – VP A&R/Manager, Asquared/Aware Records; Lyndia Johnson – Executive Director/Voice Coaching Specialist, Sterling Voice Coaching, Ltd; Sean Baptiste – Community Manager, Harmonix Music/Rockband.
The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture — from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations of music professionals. 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 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. For more information, please visit www.grammyintheschools.com.
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. In its 50th year, The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com.
Gibson Foundation is the philanthropic division of Gibson Guitar Corp., the world’s premiere musical instrument manufacturer and leader in music technology. The mission of Gibson Foundation is to make the world a better place for children by creating, developing and implementing programs as well as through its support of other nonprofit organizations that advance education, music and the arts, the environment and health and welfare causes. For more information please visit www.gibsonfoundation.org.
Founded in 1985, McNally Smith College of Music is devoted to excellence in music industry higher education and in developing music industry professionals. An accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, McNally Smith College of Music offers music degrees and programs in Recording Technology, Music Business, Music Performance and Composition. With more than 500 students and a 92-member faculty, McNally Smith College of Music students get a personalized music education that combines cutting edge technology with musical artistry and includes wide access to research tools, real world knowledge and great performance facilities. McNally Smith alumni are working all over the world.