Though they’re filled with challenges and setbacks, the times we are living through are certain to inspire artists of all sorts. The coronavirus pandemic also presents a particular silver lining this year for aspiring California songwriters in grades 9-12. Summer Session, the Grammy Museum’s popular five-day songwriting workshop for teens, will be offered online for the first time this year – and free of charge.
What’s more, record producer and songwriter Boi-1da – who has produced for artists including Drake, Rihanna, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Nas, Lana Del Rey, Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé and Jay-Z – will be part of the workshop as a guest professional, and workshop students will be able to participate in a Q&A with him.
The focus of Summer Session is to provide young songwriters and composers with the resources to build a solid foundation in songwriting. Participants also develop skills, including collaboration and communication, which serve them well in the pursuit of careers in and outside of the music industry. The workshop is typically offered to L.A.-based students at The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live, but this year, because of the digital format, it is open to high school students throughout California.
There are two sessions available – June 16-20 and June 23-27 – and students must apply to attend and submit a short video essay and samples of their work. The application form is now live, and the deadline to apply has been extended until June 2, 2020, or until the program is at capacity, whichever comes first. Apply here: grammymuseum.org/digital-summer-session