SANTA MONICA, Calif. — GRAMMY U— a Recording Academy program created to prepare college students interested in pursuing a career in the music industry — announced today their partnership with GRAMMY-winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard during the famed New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest on May 3–4. GRAMMY U students chosen from the Henry Mancini Institute at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami will have the opportunity to perform at Blanchard's private residence for his exclusive annual Jazz Fest event on May 4, as well as onstage with Blanchard and his band during their official Jazz Fest set the same day.
We are delighted for GRAMMY U students to have this unique and memorable opportunity with such a respected musician as Terence Blanchard," said Jodie Blum, Executive Director, GRAMMY U. With his recent service on the GRAMMY U Advisory Council and providing this hands-onexperience, Blanchard's generosity and industry knowledge is an invaluable resource to helping guide future music makers."
Given the importance of music education worldwide, the dedication of The Recording Academy® in creating GRAMMY U is paramount in inspiring young music minds. I feel honored to be hosting an event at my home that will highlight the power of a commitment to arts education when done with the passion and energy GRAMMY U has exhibited," said Blanchard. Growing up in New Orleans, I had the great fortune of learning from some incredible music teachers. They set me on the path toward having a great musical career. This reflection inspires me to be a part of GRAMMY U whose work is committed to making surethat other students have this same opportunity. While music lovers from allover the world gather in my hometown for one of the greatest festivals, I thought that it was essential that we connect the need for music education and promote it as the foundation for many of the great artists seen and enjoyed on those Jazz Fest stages."
A four-time GRAMMY Award winner, the critically-acclaimed jazz musician is currently the Artistic Director at Henry Mancini Institute at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Blanchard also sits on the Advisory Council for GRAMMY U, helping plan and organize educational initiatives throughout the year for The Recording Academy. Throughout Blanchard's illustrious career, he has worked with artists such as Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, Donald Harrison, and Wayne Shorter and recorded on acclaimed jazz record labels Blue Note, Concord and Sony Classical. Additionally, Blanchard has an extensive filmography, having scored more than 50 films such as Cadillac Records, Inside Man, Jungle Fever, Trial By Jury, and, most recently, Red Tails.
About GRAMMY U
The Recording Academy's GRAMMY U program is a unique and fast-growing community of college students, primarily between the ages of 17 and 25, who are pursuing a career in the recording industry.
GRAMMY U events and special programs touch on all aspects of the music industry, from both artistic and business perspectives. Programs and events such as GRAMMY U SoundChecks, MasterClass, Off The Record, and Breaking Into The Business are scheduled throughout the school year to give GRAMMY Umembers a wide variety of experiences and professional development. As members of The Recording Academy, participants have extraordinary access to the industry and its artists, including established songwriters, musicians, producers, remixers, art directors, and executives — plus thousands of other students who are destined to shape tomorrow's music scene. For more information about GRAMMY U, please visit our social pages on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
About The Recording Academy
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, 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 theGRAMMY 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. 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. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Foursquare, GetGlue, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.