• Lexee Shapiro

GRAMMY U: A Truly Incredible Organization

One of the most incredible organizations that I have been a part of throughout my college career is GRAMMY U: a membership-based group of students pursuing careers in the music industry, focused on networking and education. Throughout my time in GRAMMY U, I have been able to meet some incredible people and go to some incredible events.

Earlier this year, I was able to work backstage at the MusiCares Person of the Year event, where I was able to meet some really cool people while I helped set the event up. Most recently, I was able to participate in several webinars, called Mentorship Mondays: a partnership between the GRAMMY Museum, Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative and GRAMMY U itself. Each Monday, there were several different speakers from various areas of the music industry who would have an hour-long discussion with a small group of students about their experiences and industry advice. I had to opportunity to participate in webinars with singer-songwriter Sam Fischer, SVP of Publicity at RCA Records Theola Borden, and VP of A&R at Atlantic Records, Mollie Lehman, just to name a few.

During each Mentorship Monday session, a networking spreadsheet was passed around for each student to share contact information. At each GRAMMY U event I have participated in, I have met people with unique industry experience and speaking to them has helped me gain perspective, clarity, and knowledge. I would highly recommend applying to join GRAMMY U to any student looking to work in the music industry.

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