Jason Mraz Launches New GRAMMY Museum ‘Sunday Brunch With…’

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Jason Mraz Launches New GRAMMY Museum 'Sunday Brunch With…' Fundraising Series In Support Of GRAMMY Museum

Presented by Union Bank and generously supported by VERSE LA, the series will nourish the GRAMMY Museum's GRAMMY In The Schools education programs.

Recording Academy/Mar 9, 2023 - 11:32 pm

Jason Mraz has been a renowned singer/songwriter for years — and now, he's taking a big stride in his efforts to boost music education.

Enter the GRAMMY Museum's Sunday Brunch With… is a new fundraising event series in support of the Museum's GRAMMY In The Schools education programs.

Launching the inaugural Sunday Brunch, the Museum is thrilled to team up with Mraz and the renowned VERSE LA, located in Toluca Lake, for a morning of great music and food. Guests will dine on a three-course brunch while enjoying music performed by a jazz trio put together by a GRAMMY In The Schools education program alumni. 

Following the meal, guests will be treated to a rare, up close, and personal 45-minute performance from two-time GRAMMY winner Jason Mraz to close out the afternoon.

This inaugural event is presented by Union Bank and generously supported by VERSE LA, which is owned by long-time GRAMMY Museum supporter and 17-time GRAMMY Award-winning mixer, Manny Marroquin. Proceeds from the event will benefit the GRAMMY Museum's music education programs, which annually impact more than 35,000 K-12 students and teachers across the country.

For tickets and more info, click here — and we'll see you at what will undoubtedly be a soul-nourishing event in service to all who desire a music education!

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Students perform at the GRAMMY Museum's 2023 GRAMMY Camp

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GRAMMY Museum Selects 20th Annual GRAMMY Camp Students & Announces Guest Artists Blu Detiger, Maren Morris & Jeremy Zucker

Held at The Village Recording Studios in Los Angeles from July 14-20, the 20th annual GRAMMY Camp will host 83 high school students from around the country and help prepare them for careers in the music industry.

Recording Academy/Jun 12, 2024 - 01:20 pm

The GRAMMY Museum announced today that 83 talented high school students from 76 U.S. cities across 22 states have been selected as participants in the 20th annual GRAMMY Camp  program. The signature music industry camp for U.S. high school students will be held from Sunday, July 14 to Saturday, July 20 at The Village Recording Studios in Los Angeles.

Blu DeTiger, Jeremy Zucker, and GRAMMY winner Maren Morris will be this year's guest artists. They will be on site to discuss their career paths and help students prepare for the music industry. 

"Over the last two decades, GRAMMY Camp has served as the heartbeat of the music world for high school students aspiring towards a career in music, offering an authentic immersion into the music industry and life itself," said Michael Sticka, President/CEO of the GRAMMY Museum. "We’re thrilled for the continued support from Hot Topic Foundation, enabling us to expand the Camp’s duration from five to seven days once more this year. We look forward to commemorating this milestone at The Village Recording Studios alongside Blu DeTiger, Jeremy Zucker, as well as, Maren Morris, a distinguished alumna from our inaugural GRAMMY Camp."

Morris added, "GRAMMY Camp will always be one of those formative memories in my career. I was 15 years old when I went back in 2005 and remember it cementing my dreams of being a songwriter. Being involved with the organization still to this day is such a unique pleasure I have."

This GRAMMY In The Schools program is presented by the Hot Topic Foundation with support from the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation. Additional scholarship and program support is provided by the Aufmann Family, BeatHeadz, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Natalie Cole Foundation, Pacific Bridge Arts Foundation, and the Recording Academy.

GRAMMY Camp will focus on all aspects of commercial music and provide instruction by industry professionals in an immersive and creative environment. The program features seven music career tracks: Audio Engineering, Electronic Music Production, Music Business, Music and Media, Songwriting, Vocal Performance, and Instrumental Performance. All tracks culminate in virtual media projects, recordings and/or performances.

Applications for next year's 2025 GRAMMY Camp will be available online in September at www.grammycamp.com

2024 GRAMMY Camp Selectees And Tracks (In Alpha Order By First Name)

Addison Dwelly Prospect, N.Y. Instrument – Guitar 
Alexander Kamara Laurel, Md. Music & Media
Alina Khangura Granite Bay, Calif. Vocal Performance
Andrew Tran Round Rock, Texas Music Business
Anjali Agneshwar New York Audio Engineering
Aryana Booker-Gamez Pittsburgh, Pa. Songwriting
BoJameson Ebeling Venice, Calif. Audio Engineering
Brandon Goldman Alhambra, Calif. Instrument – Drums 
Brooke Murgitroyd Raleigh, N.C. Vocal Performance
Buchanan Beauboeuf Las Vegas, Nev. Music Business
Camden Creel Phoenix, Ariz. Electronic Music Production
Cassandra Menacker Bristow, Va. Instrument – Bass 
Charlotte Milstein La Jolla, Calif. Instrument – Guitar 
Chase Swain Houston, Texas Instrument – Keys 
Coco Benedetti Westminster, Calif. Instrument – Keys 
Cooper Holloman Pearland, Texas Instrument – Bass 
Cora Reardon Chatham, N.J. Music Business
Daniel Nientimp Nashville, Tenn. Electronic Music Production
Denver Humphrey Oviedo, Fla. Music & Media
Elle Reisman Lafayette, Calif. Songwriting
Emilio Abdelsayed Middletown, N.Y. Audio Engineering
Emily Roth Los Angeles Music Business
Esther Cho Fullerton, Calif. Music & Medi
Evan Hummel Bethesda, Md. Electronic Music Production
Francesca Casagrande Alpine, N.J. Music Business
Gael Chica Elizabeth, N.J Instrument – Guitar
Gavriel Shohet Zabin Evanston, Ill. Music Business
Grace Percival Southington, Conn. Vocal Performance
Grant Harriman Marina Del Rey, Calif. Electronic Music Production
Isabella Worden Omaha, Neb. Vocal Performance
Jacob Egan San Rafael, Calif. Music Business
Jaiden Meltzer Northampton, Mass. Songwriting
Jillian Ritter Swansea, Ill. Vocal Performance
Jordan Hall Grand Prairie, Texas Vocal Performance
Joshua Jongejan Sugar Land, Texas Songwriting
Julian Chua Short Hills, N.J. Music & Media
Justice Crittendon New Orleans, La. Audio Engineering
Kaleo Abadam San Ramon, Calif. Electronic Music Production
Kalyssa Ro Simi Valley, Calif. Music & Media
Katalina Kaminsky Miami, Fla. Music Business
Krista Warner Santa Ana, Calif. Music Business
Lauren Hunter Hinsdale, Ill. Instrument – Guitar 
Leo Cheng Claremont, Calif. Songwriting
Maddox Balloon Alpharetta, Ga. Electronic Music Production
Mady Lubavin Newport Coast, Calif. Songwriting
Magnolia Collins Pacific Palisades, Calif. Music Business
Manasvini Kasagani Frisco, Texas Audio Engineering
Maryn Randall Plainwell, Mich. Songwriting
Matheson Hall Princeton, N.J. Electronic Music Production
Maya Ixta Delgado Encino, Calif. Music Business
Maya Ray Los Angeles Music Business
Mayah Board Santa Clarita, Calif. Music & Media
Mia Sophia Perdomo Chattanooga, Tenn. Music Business
Miranda Aquino Los Angeles Music & Media
Mitchell Haugsness Aurora, Colo. Audio Engineering
Nathaniel Arnold Encino, Calif. Audio Engineering
Nicholas Yiakoumatos San Gabriel, Calif. Electronic Music Production
Noah Schlondorff Bexley, Ohio Songwriting
Odelia Elliott Baltimore, Md. Songwriting
Olivia Wang La Canada Flintridge, Calif. Electronic Music Production
Paul “Gus” Dent Santa Cruz, Calif. Audio Engineering
Puru Dogra Westford, Mass. Songwriting
Rohan Agneshwar New York Audio Engineering
Rose Morris Los Angeles Songwriting
Ryan Witt Horseheads, N.Y. Electronic Music Production
Samantha Murano Levittown, N.Y. Vocal Performance
Sarah Al Mazrouei San Diego, Calif. Audio Engineering
Sarah Mullen Whitesboro, N.Y. Electronic Music Production
Sarah Parkinson Oak Park, Ill. Songwriting
Sarah Parmet Sherman Oaks, Calif. Electronic Music Production
Sawyer Mitchell San Marcos, Calif. Instrument - Keys
Seble Lopez Brooklyn, N.Y. Music Business
Sofia Cianciolo Pacific Palisades, Calif. Music Business
Sofia Erskine Upland, Calif. Vocal Performance
Solea Novelo Castaic, Calif. Instrument – Drums 
Summer Brennan Newport Beach, Calif. Electronic Music Production
Sydney Kassekert Incline Village, Nev. Songwriting
Talia Silver La Jolla, Calif. Music Business
Toby Whitley Dallas, Texas Songwriting
Tyler Awosika Maricopa, Ariz. Music & Media
Walker Lewis Berkeley, Calif. Electronic Music Production
William Barsam Belmont, Mass. Instrument – Drums 
Zia Brooks Rockledge, Fla. Instrument – Bass 

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Tenille Townes
Tenille Townes

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GRAMMY Museum Announces Programs for April 2024: La Santa Cecilia, The Drums & More

The GRAMMY Museum event space always has something special cooking, and spring 2024 is no different. Here’s a rundown of what you can enjoy coming up.

Recording Academy/Apr 1, 2024 - 08:12 pm

Are you tapped into the GRAMMY Museum’s ongoing slate of live events happening in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles? If not, you should be.

The interactive, educational museum dedicated to the history and winners of the GRAMMYs has four terrific events coming up — ones that allow you to get into the minds and hearts of those who make our musical culture turn.

See below for a list of GRAMMY Museum in-person public programs happening in April 2024:

Wednesday, April 3, 2024
7:00 p.m.
Reel To Reel: La Santa Cecilia Featuring a Film Screening & Conversation
Mexican American band
La Santa Cecilia will have a special screening of the film "Alma Bohemia" and talk about their creative process with producer Sebastian Krys.

Thursday, April 4, 2024
7:00 p.m.
Reel To Reel: The Greatest Hits Featuring a Film Screening & Panel Discussion
A special screening of "The Greatest Hits" will be held with a post-screening panel discussion about the making of the film featuring Ryan Lott of Son Lux, director Ned Benson, and music supervisor Mary Ramos. All ticket buyers will receive a Greatest Hits double LP vinyl.

Monday, April 8, 2024
7:30 p.m.
A Conversation With The Drums Moderated by Jason Kramer
New York-based indie pop artist
The Drums will talk about the creative process of his latest album Jonny, his career, and more.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
7:30 p.m.
Spotlight: Tenille Townes Moderated by Erin Osmon
Nashville-based rising artist
Tenille Townes will talk about her latest project As You Are and will perform.
For more information and ticket links to programs, visit here — and we’ll see you on site in L.A.!

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Beth Ditto performs with Gossip at "A New York Evening With Gossip Moderated by T. Cole Rachel" at National Sawdust on March 26, 2024 in New York City

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An "Evening With" Gossip's Beth Ditto Turns Hilarious & Rockin' With 'Real Power' Tracks

Brutal honesty and constant hilarity permeated the GRAMMY Museum's "A New York Evening With" event featuring Beth Ditto. Ditto and her band, Gossip, followed with an explosive performance. Their first album in 12 years, 'Real Power,' dropped March 22.

Recording Academy/Mar 27, 2024 - 07:39 pm

"I don't know what we're doing in this Star Wars room."

So uttered Beth Ditto, the singer for the dance-punk band Gossip, on a cool Wednesday evening in Brooklyn during early spring. She was referring to the angular, futuristic venue, National Sawdust, a beloved Williamsburg music space with world-class sound. The crowd burst into hysterics — for the umpteenth time.

The event was part of the GRAMMY Museum's "A New York Evening With…" series, where beloved artists open up in a Q&A, take audience questions, and perform a few tunes. Generally a mellow affair punctuated by the occasional chuckle, Ditto's iteration of "A New York Evening With…" had the air of a stand-up set.

Compounding the humor was moderator T. Cole Rachel, whose byline has appeared in New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and many other outlets — simply because he was Ditto's polar opposite. Ditto was a riot in full makeup, tangerine hair and a zebra print dress ("I got this from Target!" she crowed). Rachel, on the other hand — patient, bearded and prosperous-looking, clad in reasonable browns and olive greens — played the straight man.

The cheerfully long-suffering Rachel patiently steered the interview through a barrage of idiosyncratic, drawled jokes; self-ridicule; evaded queries; and wild gesticulations. "Beth is one of the funniest people I know," Rick Rubin, who produced their first new record in 12 years, Real Power, told The New York Times this year, also calling DItto "a naturally great singer."

The small Brooklyn audience may have been in a galaxy far, far away (actually, it's five minutes from Whole Foods). But from the jump, Ditto was preoccupied with inner space — and Gossip fans bought the ticket to take the ride.

"I'm very nervous, because we're doing this together and we're good friends," Ditto announced at the outset. "I have been struggling personally with what it's like to not be face-to-face with people, and how much division there is between people I know who love each other very much, and who are on the same side of things." Whatever she was specifically referring to, this "A New York Evening With…" event was a refresher in raw conversation in good faith.

In indie circles, Ditto is something of a folk hero, slaying dragons of queerphobia and fatphobia; Rachel noted seeing an early Gossip show, where the audience was permeated with queerness. Which is one thing to see in 2024, and entirely another 20-something years ago. But Ditto isn't the type to preach; her strength is humor wrapped in brutal honesty.

Ditto's quick with a self-directed fat joke, and she's open about her ADHD diagnosis. This meant the audience was continually swept up in humorous ways: a squeaking chair or crackling beer can would invariably bring the conversation to a halt, and prompt some variation on "You OK? Wherever you are?"

The Q&A touched on the band's history and 12-year break, as well as the revolutionary influence of artists like Cyndi Lauper and the B-52s. ("Ohhhh my god!" she shrieked to the question from the audience, "Have you ever seen an alien or ghosts?"

But Ditto's lovably scattered demeanor and palpable nerves rendered the Q&A uber-casual — basically a warm-up to the music. Instruments and amps sat onstage; members of Gossip were to pick them up and rock out. As soon as Ditto was out of talking mode and into rocking mode, any awkwardness melted away: she's known to be a livewire performer.

"I know that I joke a lot," Ditto drawled beforehand, in a moment of vulnerability. "To my bandmates, and to all the people who are on tour with us, and who have been here — there's so many people, not only y'all, and all my friends, I just want to say, thank you. I'm just really grateful." A round of applause.

Then, immediately, Ditto cracked a joke about hot rooms as a heavier person: "You get this little triangle where your butt was, and you wipe it off. Anyone else?" ("Wooo!" replied the audience.) "Every time I'm at the airport…" 

And with that, Ditto blasted off, as Gossip laid down a four-on-the-floor groove for their 2009 Music For Men cut "Love Long Distance." When life on Earth is a Death Star for those of different sizes or sexualities — punk rock is the hyperspace button.

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Ateez & Xikers

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GRAMMY Museum Unveils First-Ever K-Pop Exhibit With Ateez & Xikers Opening April 10

Running April through June 10, the GRAMMY Museum will host a K-pop exhibit featuring ATEEZ & xikers, celebrating the genre's global impact and showcasing key outfits and props.

Recording Academy/Mar 27, 2024 - 01:36 pm

The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles is setting the stage for an immersive exploration into the world of Korean pop music over the next two years. Starting April 10 through June 10, the Museum will host its inaugural K-pop-focused pop-up display, "KQ ENT. (ATEEZ & xikers): A GRAMMY Museum Pop-Up," set against the vibrant backdrop of its 3rd floor red carpet gallery.

This limited-time exhibit shines a spotlight on ATEEZ and xikers, two dynamic boy groups under the banner of Seoul-based KQ Entertainment, a leading South Korean record label and entertainment agency. Highlighting a pivotal moment, ATEEZ is slated to be the first K-pop boy group to grace the stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival during the exhibit's run.

Michael Sticka, President/CEO of the GRAMMY Museum, expressed his enthusiasm for the genre, stating, 

"Korean pop music stands as a monumental phenomenon in the music and cultural landscape. Over the next two years, we're excited to delve into the world of K-pop through specialized exhibits and programming, starting with this pop-up featuring exclusive items from xikers and ATEEZ, who are set to make history at Coachella."

“Korean pop music is one of the greatest phenomena in the history of recorded music and culture. The GRAMMY Museum plans to celebrate the world of K-pop, its much-deserved success, and worldwide chart-breaking artists by curating dedicated exhibits and programming over the next two years. We look forward to launching this series with exclusive outfits and props from xikers and ATEEZ, who are making history at Coachella this year.” 

KQ Entertainment's CEO, Kyu Wook Kim, shared his pride in K-pop's global influence and the recognition of ATEEZ and xikers by the GRAMMY Museum, emphasizing the importance of breaking musical boundaries worldwide with K-pop. 

"The global spread of K-pop is truly remarkable and it is a great honor to see ATEEZ and xikers represent K-pop music at the GRAMMY Museum," said Kim. "Witnessing our artists’ hard work and dedication being recognized on such a large scale by the GRAMMY Museum is truly a privilege and fills us with so much pride. We aim to continue to do our best to work with our artists to break boundaries in music on the global stage with K-pop." 

ATEEZ and xikers, in their statements, expressed honor and excitement for their inclusion in the GRAMMY Museum's exhibit. 

ATEEZ highlighted the significance of showcasing elements of their music creation. "It’s an honor to have pieces from our latest music release displayed at the GRAMMY Museum, where so many wonderful artists have left a piece of their musical history. There are so many elements involved in the process of our music creation and we’re excited to be able to share some of it through our music video outfits and props,” said ATEEZ.

Reflecting on the opportunity to present their artistic vision alongside revered artists, xikers noted, "We’re so grateful for the opportunity to have our pieces displayed alongside our labelmate and seniors ATEEZ, as well as so many amazing artists that we’ve grown up listening to. Though it’s only been a little over a year since our debut, we’re so happy to take part in this opportunity at the GRAMMY Museum and hope that everyone has fun looking at all the interesting outfits and props that have helped create the xikers world in the music video of our latest release.” 

The exhibit will showcase an array of highlights, including:

  • ATEEZ’s iconic outfits from their 2023 album "THE WORLD EP.FIN : WILL," featured in the "미친 폼 (Crazy Form)" music video.

  • A collection of props from the "미친 폼 (Crazy Form)" video.

  • xikers' outfits from their 2024 EP "HOUSE OF TRICKY: Trial And Error," showcased in their "We Don’t Stop" music video.

  • An assortment of props from xikers’ initial mini-albums, including JUNGHOON’s outfit from their debut EP "HOUSE OF TRICKY: Doorbell Ringing," worn during their "도깨비집 (TRICKY HOUSE)" performance.

  • For those interested in attending, further details and ticket reservations can be found on the GRAMMY Museum’s website.

For more information regarding ticket reservations for the exhibit, please visit HERE

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