April 30, 2013

Apply to Be a Counselor at GRAMMY Camp 2013

I apologize, this should have been posted sooner but this has been an intense month for the entire country and posts got postponed. However, there's still a time to get your application in and the process isn't too difficult (resume, video, and a short written response), so check it out anyway.

GRAMMY Camp is a residential summer camp for high school students intersted in learning about the music industry. These talented students come to LA or NY from all over the country and have the chance to work with industry leaders and even famous musicians. The Camp Counselor Position is a paid support role, via stipend, for college students and grads age 21+. Counselors provide help with musical, technical, administrative, and all aspects of life of GRAMMY Camp.

Camp Locations:
Los Angeles: July 13 - 22 - USC Campus
New York: August 4 - 12 - Converse Rubber Tracks

To Apply:
Fill out the form here and upload a video essay
Deadline is April 30, 2013

More Info:
Visit the FAQ or email

Let me know if you apply!

April 26, 2013

On Boston...

People who love music tend to possess an inherent understanding of the depths of human emotion, if only because a soulful voice and powerful chord can capture the most harrowing of circumstances like nothing else in this world. Still, there are some things that are beyond comprehension. Because when so many lives are lost or forever changed so suddenly in a moment that makes so little sense, well, nothing can really do that kind of pain and frustration justice.

Music internships and education don't seem so immediately important when the city home to some of the world's best music programs is under attack. So there was nothing worth saying.

In reality though, while internships specifically may have temporarily taken a back seat, the answer is not to turn off the music, it's to turn it up. Because whether it's an acoustic song about world peace or furious punk rock, the cathartic power of music can overcome hate and help people begin to heal. So, before trying to get back to posting regularly, let's take this moment and honor Boston, and the strength of those who call it home - both temporarily, for school, and on a permanent basis.

Donate to One Fund Boston.

April 11, 2013

4 Ways to Get Rid of Nerves Before an Interview

If you had to list the activities most likely to cause anxiety, interview would probably be at the top alongside things like public speaking.  An interview, though, tends to be extra intimidating because it has a lot in common with public speaking but, unlike public speaking, you can't just prepare a planned speech with notes beforehand. Sadly, interview anxiety tends to become a self-fulfilling prophecy: your fear that you will do bad kills your confidence and tends to make you unable to perform at your usual level. So, here are a few strategies to help you cope with pre-interview stress and, hopefully, do better as a result.

April 05, 2013

And the Winner is...

First, thank you to everyone who participated in this contest! Hopefully, you at least had a bit of fun or maybe learned a thing or two along the way. 

You're all a bunch of smart cookies because it turned out that many people actually got all of the scavenger hunt questions correct. Unfortunately though, there are only 2 pairs of tickets to give away and that means we had to make use of the tie breaker rule we set out before the launch of the competition. Namely, "the two winners will be the two people who answer the most digital scavenger hunt questions correctly and submit their answers in the proper order through the form. In the event of a tie, it will be broken based upon which of the contestants in the tie submitted their answers first." 

April 03, 2013

How to Prepare for a Phone Interview: Get Comfortable on the Phone

When it comes to interviews for an internship position there are generally two different common scenarios you'll encounter: a phone interview or an in-person interview. Both essentially have the same goal and can help to get you one step closer to getting an internship. However, phone interviews tend to come first and are more likely to catch you off guard - a good way to wind up nervous and flustered. So, here's some advice on how to deal and how to be prepared for a phone interview. This will probably be your first interview experience because according to, companies often use phone interviews to help narrow down candidates. Here's part two of our tips on how to prepare for a phone interview, if you're looking for more help, check out part one here
By Holger.Ellgaard (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Be One with the Phone 
Let's face it, while we tend to have phones in our hands constantly today, it's pretty rare that we're actually talking on it (I don't mean via text). As a result, I know a number of people who have a sort-of phone-induced anxiety. After all, we can stay in touch with friends 24/7 without actually speaking a word and we can even shop and order food online without ever needing to call someone. Sorry to say, but if you're afraid of talking on the phone you're going to need to get over it. The phone is pretty important in business in general and several music professions require spending quite a bit of time on the phone (management and PR to name a few). Plus, it's a fairly important life and office skill still in most of the world- you can't hash out details or get answers quite as quickly by any other means. 

April 01, 2013

Win Tickets to See Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, JasonAldean, Luke Bryan and more 4/8 in Vegas

This concert sounds incredible (thanks to NAB Show for providing tickets!) and I've decided to make the process of entering a bit easier because I don't want anyone to miss out. So, here's how this works: 

We have 20 questions plus 1 bonus question for you to answer. The answers are hidden throughout this blog. All you have to do is use the search box on the side to find the answers, the correct posts will contain a bright yellow music note to tell you you're on the right track (and the note will be relatively close to the answer). But now, rather than make you find the questions yourself, we're giving them all to you right here because I don't want anyone missing out on the chance to attend this amazing show. You still have to be 18, you still need your own way to get to Vegas because the prize is just a pair of tickets, and you still have to follow the rules. But, now you just need to tell us the answers.  You don't necessarily need to answer them all, just answer the most questions correct and you'll win and we'll all be jealous! 

ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night 
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas
Monday, April 8th 2013 
7:30pm local time 
Performances by Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Pitbull, and Ne-Yo plus other celebrity appearances
For more information visit

Question 1: 
Keith Urban will be performing at this special concert but he recently did something else that was pretty remarkable. He gave a performance at a music awards show backed entirely by a band full of students from GRAMMY Camp. What award show was this?

Question 2: 
Some may say radio is on the decline in favor of streaming and listening to your iPod but this radio statistic from Arbitron may surprise you. What percent of Americans still listen to traditional radio at least once a week?

Question 3:
Performing rights organizations help songwriters and publishers get paid when their work is performed. Which of the three major performing rights organizations used to be, but is no longer, an acronym?

Win Tim McGraw Superstar Summer Night Tickets, Scavenger Hunt Contest Starts Now!

Today's the day and we're officially off to the races. We're having a contest to give away 2 pairs of tickets to ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night, an amazing two-hour concert on April 8th in Las Vegas that includes performances and appearances from a number of major celebrities. Throughout this blog, we have posted 20 questions plus one bonus. When you find an answer, that post will also contain the next question (a yellow music note will alert you when you've found the correct post). That question will lead you to a new answer and a new question and so on and so on until 2 questions total have been answered. The bonus answer is also contained in the last post. It takes roughly 15 minutes to complete if you put your search skills to use (each questions uses some certain key words that will lead you to the next if you use the search box on the right of this blog). You don't necessarily have to answer them all to win. The winners will be the two people who answer the most questions correctly- whether that means 6 correct answers is the most or 21 is. Once you feel satisfied and are ready to submit your answers, in the correct order (the questions are numbered throughout the site so be sure to keep track), fill out the form below. This form will collect your name, email address, and your answers- this information will only be used to notify you if you are a winner and possibly to thank you for participating either way. You must be 18 or older to enter and a legal US resident with valid ID (have it to claim the tickets) and you're responsible for your own travel and all expenses related to attending the event- the prize only includes two tickets. If you win, you'll be rocking out in Vegas seeing the likes of Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Pitbull, and more perform at MGM Grand. Be sure to read the full rules below before participating because you can't win unless you follow them. This contest runs until 12:01 am ET on Friday, April 5th and all entries must be received by then via the form below in order to count.

ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night 
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas
Monday, April 8th 2013 
7:30pm local time 
Performances by Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Pitbull, and Ne-Yo plus other celebrity appearances
For more information visit
Contest starts 12:01 am ET on Monday, April 1st, 2013 and ends 12:01 am ET on Friday, April 4th, 2013.