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<p>Top music industry professionals discuss the realities of the music business and careers in music with more than 800 Los Angeles area high school students at GRAMMY Career Day, an initiative of the GRAMMY in the Schools&reg; program presented by Gibson Foundation. GRAMMY Career Day conducts a variety of workshops focusing on various fields in the music industry, utilizing the entire USC, Thornton School of Music campus. Artist/Creative Participants include: Current GRAMMY&reg; nominees: Shaila Durcal, Melanie Fiona, Anthony Hamilton, Keri Hilson, Ann Nesby, and Calvin Richardson, and two-time GRAMMY-winning producer Nate "Danja" Hills. Additional participants include songwriting and production team The Ys (James Flauntleroy, Rob Knox and GRAMMY Award-winning artist Justin Timberlake), GRAMMY Award-winning songwriter/producer/recording artist Lamont Dozier and engineer Manny Marroquin. Also participating will be artist Blake Lewis and super producer Warryn Campbell. Industry Professionals include:; Talent manager Amy Blackman; talent attorney Randy Cohen; PR president (MVD, Inc) Miatta David; music contractor Sandy DeCrescent; High School Musical I&amp;II and Hannah Montana The Movie vocal producer Eddie Galan; founder/president of Redpoint Consulting Group Mike Garcia; Recording Academy Chair Emeritus, GRAMMY Foundation&reg; and MusiCares&reg; Board member and multi-GRAMMY-winning producer Jimmy Jam; Chair of the GRAMMY Foundation Board and chairman and CEO of Caravan Entertainment George Jones; film music composer Chris Lennertz; New West Records vice president business affairs David Lessoff; talent manager Leslie Lewis; "American Idol" and GRAMMY Telecast musical director Rickey Minor; USC director of performance venues Brandon Operchuck; MusiCares Board member and head of urban music for EMI Music Publishing Big Jon Platt; President/CEO of The Recording Academy&reg;, the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Neil Portnow; AEG/Goldenvoice executive Susan Rosenbluth; USC associate dean for the USC Thornton School of Music Chris Sampson; and music supervisor Lindsay Wolfington. To encourage careers in the music business, GRAMMY Career Day provides high school students an opportunity to interact with music industry professionals in educational settings throughout the country. The GRAMMY Foundation&reg; was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture &mdash; 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 its founder, The Recording Academy&reg;, 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. Campbell’s Labels For Education program is proud to be the official education partner of the GRAMMY In The Schools programs. For more information, please visit http://www.grammyintheschools.com. Gibson Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the 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 supporting programs and other nonprofit organizations in their efforts to advance education, music and the arts, the environment and health and welfare causes. For more information, please visit http://www.gibsonfoundation.org. A BlackTree Media Production Produced by Jamaal Finkley On Camera Talent Kash Howard and Brittany Cooper for more info log onto http://www.blacktree.tv http://www.blacktree.tv</p&gt;

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