Grammy Career Day

March 11, 2009 6:21:00 PM PDT
Some of the most acclaimed musicians and producers may not have recognizable names, but they know the biz. 300 high schoolers got the inside story on breaking into the music world from industry professionals, many of them actual Grammy winners and most of them names you probably don't know.

"So many kids today think that being in the music industry just means doing a hit record," Dawn Frisby Byers of the Recording Academy of Philadelphia.

Many of the students had this same question: How hard is it to get into the music industry?

"Every student I have thinks they are going to be discovered by some producer and get signed for a multimillion dollar contract, and it's just not like it is," Fels High School music teacher Paul Kauriga said.

Well, the professionals were quick to hit the kids with reality.

"Jon Bon Jovi and I would sleep on the floor then get up at 3:00 in the morning and work on his demos," Grammy-winning producer Phil Nicolo said.

After the opening panel, the kids got more intense attention with smaller breakout groups focused on everything from writing a hit song to making yourself a global brand.

This kind of expert, hands-on help had many of the kids excited.

"I learned how to meet people and I hope to try and do that better because in my career it is going to help me," Charter Tech School for the Performing Arts student Morgan Lovelace said.

"I had a program at home, but I really would like to see how it's really done, and how songs are really produced," Parkway Center City High School student Aquil McIntyre said.

The music makers of tomorrow, ready to be smart about becoming a star.

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