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August 12 - 14, 2019

2019 Summer Session is 3-day nonresidential summer music industry program for students age 13 – 18 interested in exploring a career in music. Hosted at Prudential Center in Newark, students from the tri state area apply for one of the three offered career tracks. GRAMMY Museum Experience ™ Prudential Center faculty of music professionals as well as guest industry professionals provide valuable insight to give the campers the best chance at achieving success in their chosen career. The program will conclude with a performance showcase for friends and family on the final day.

Choose from one of three career tracks:

  • Songwriting
    Aspiring songwriters will sharpen the skills of their craft while exploring song structure, harmony, melody, lyric writing, and (where applicable) vocal technique. This track will also provide campers with the opportunity to collaborate with singers and other songwriters. They will also gain valuable insight on sound business practices including effective marketing. This Career Track does not require you to be a singer. However, a rudimentary understanding of music theory, and some piano or guitar performance abilities are helpful.
  • Hip Hop – Hitmakers
    Emerging Hip Hop artists will hone their skills while exploring contemporary hip-hop lyric writing, beat making and performance techniques. This track will also provide campers with the opportunity to collaborate with singers and songwriters and gain valuable insight on sound business practices including effective marketing.
  • Vocal – Performance
    This track is for singers only. If you are a singer/songwriter, you should also consider registering for the songwriter track. Singers’ skills will be honed with a focus on vocal techniques for both background and lead singing. This track will provide campers with the opportunity to work and collaborate with songwriters, while learning valuable insights on sound business practices including effective marketing.

Tuition $150 (lunch provided)
Only A Few Spots Remaining, Register Today!

Summer Session Instructors 2019

Mario Winans (Recording Artist, Songwriter, Producer)
GRAMMY Award winner who has collaborated with artists such as Jay Z, Beyonce, P. Diddy, the Winans family and many more. With an eclectic and diverse musical background, he has won GRAMMY awards in the R&B, Gospel and Rap categories.

Allie Moss (Recording Artist, Vocal Coach, Songwriter)
Member of singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson’s touring band currently living in Nashville, TN. Her songs have landed high-profile placements on Pretty Little Liars, Bones, Parenthood, and a prominent BT Infinity campaign in the UK as well as songs recently placed in Teen Mom and Shameless.

Mark D. Conklin (Songwriter, Artist Manager)
Mark is the Director of Artist Relations and Programming at GRAMMY Museum Experience ™ Prudential Center. As an artist manager, his client’s music has been streamed nearly one billion times worldwide. As a songwriter, his songs have been recorded the Top 10 on the Billboard Blues and Bluegrass Chart, Top 40 on the Billboard Country Breakout Chart, and have been heard in various films, television shows and national advertising campaigns.

Alonzo “Zo” Harris (Musical Director, Arranger, Musician)
Recent work includes being musical director and arranger for the 61st annual Grammy Awards and for Aretha, the Grammy tribute to Aretha Franklin, working with Rickey Minor and five-time Grammy nominee H.E.R. His credits include collaborations with multiple artists including Betty Wright, Teyana Taylor, 21 Savage, Dej Loaf, and Elle Varner.

Sheikia S. Norris (Hip Hop Performer and Educator)
Lyrically known as Purple and recognized as a skilled performer and leader in Hip Hop Education. Acknowledgments from participating as a “Lady’s First Fund” grant recipient, NJPAC’s Hip Hop Intensive Program Director, Next Level Program U.S. Cultural Diplomat, Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem Artist, a former member of the Toni Blackman’s Rhyme Like A Girl Collective (Freestyle Union) and up and coming curator for Hip Hop art and performance.

Jordan Moran (Digital Marketing Specialist)
Jordan Moran oversees online strategy and partnerships as the Director of Digital Marketing at Primary Wave Music Publishing; home to management and publishing clients like Bob Marley, Def Leppard, Brandy, Yanni, and CeeLo Green. Whether it’s a campaign with Timehop to send Smokey Robinson’s fans “Cruisin” down memory lane, or helping Melissa Etheridge raise awareness about LGBTQ issues with, Jordan’s mission is to ensure Primary Wave artists’ are heard beyond the stage. With music in his heart and a talent for business, he has successfully helped entertainers build relationships with their fans through digital marketing.


Where and when will GRAMMY Museum Experience™ Prudential Center Summer Session be held in 2019?

GRAMMY Museum Experience ™ Prudential Center
165 Mulberry Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Monday, August 12 – Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Sign in: 9:00am
Camp: 9:30am – 3:30pm
Showcase for friends and family on the final day at 3:00pm

How do I register?

Fill out the form on this web page

Who is eligible to register for Summer Session?

Students age 13 – 18

What sorts of learning and performing experiences are included?

  • Workshops, Clinics and Master Classes with Top Industry Professionals
  • Individual and small group instruction
  • Interactivity between various Career Tracks
  • Performance showcase at GRAMMY Museum Experience™ Prudential Center
  • Music business best practices: How to make a living in the music business

What does a typical day at Summer Session look like?

Campers typically begin their day with instruction in their specified career track. In the afternoon, they continue instruction, but also have time to collaborate with campers on various creative projects, within and outside of their tracks.

May I register if I have no music experience?

While experience varies from camper to camper, we encourage anyone seriously interested in exploring music as a career to apply.

How many students attend Summer Session?

Approximately 30 spaces are reserved for Summer Session students.

What is the program cost and what does it include?

GRAMMY Museum Experience™ Prudential Center Summer Session tuition is $150. Lunch will be provided. Limited amount of scholarships are available please inquire during the application process.

When is the deadline to register?

The final deadline has been extended but only a few spots remain available and all materials should be received by the GRAMMY Museum Experience™ Prudential Center on or before that date. Should you need additional time, please email us to request an extension.

During Summer Session, how are students supervised?

Summer Session will have a full complement of GRAMMY Museum Experience™ Prudential Center staff who will be on–site with Campers during their days at Summer Session. 

Who can I reach out to additional questions?

Please email