STAMFORD, Conn.-- WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced that it will search for the next generation of Superstars and host a multi-day talent tryout in Las Vegas as part of SummerSlam Week. 

The tryouts will give elite male and female athletes and performers the opportunity to showcase their abilities with the goal of being selected to begin training at the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla.

“Talent is the lifeblood of our industry and these tryouts coupled with SummerSlam, one of our premier events, will help us discover world-class athletes that will serve as the next wave of WWE Superstars,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Global Talent Strategy & Development.

To register for an opportunity to be part of the talent tryouts, visit www.wweperformancecenter.com. The site includes step-by-step instructions on how to register, an overview of the many resources available to WWE Performance Center recruits, photos of the entire Performance Center roster, biographies of the industry-leading coaching staff, testimonials from Raw and SmackDown Superstars, and videos from past tryouts. 

SummerSlam takes place Saturday, August 21 from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, marking the first time the annual event has been held at an NFL stadium. SummerSlam will be one of the first sporting events held at full capacity at Allegiant Stadium with tickets on sale this Friday, June 18. The event will stream live exclusively on Peacock in the United States and on WWE Network everywhere else.

Additional information on the talent tryouts, including the location, will be announced in the near future on WWE.com.

 


PROGRAMS SUPPORTING THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY CONTINUE AS MUSICIANS GET BACK TO WORK

SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (JUNE 14, 2021) – MusiCares®, the leading music charity supporting the health and welfare of the music community, announced today that it is distributing a final round of funding for COVID-19 Relief. The effort continues the support for music professionals, concluding upon distribution of the $2 million raised during Music on a Mission, to be directly distributed to 2,000 eligible applicants. Although the pandemic relief will be coming to a close, the need for support remains high, and MusiCares is dedicated to helping all professionals in the industry through existing and new mental health and hardship grant programs and virtual support groups, among other programs.

At a time when many in the industry dealt with financial insecurity due to shuttered venues and canceled tours, MusiCares acted quickly to support the music community by launching MusiCares COVID-19 Relief. Since March 2020, MusiCares has distributed more than $25 million directly to more than 34,000 music professionals in need.

"The pandemic has been devastating to musicians, tour managers, stage crews, and so many others that are involved in making music happen. We heard from our community that many are experiencing elevated levels of depression, financial insecurity and low levels of confidence that they could pay for basic living expenses during the pandemic," said Laura Segura, Executive Director of MusiCares. "It is encouraging to know that music people turned to MusiCares in their time of need and we hope they continue to do so as we reacclimate post-pandemic."

Following the nearly year and a half of COVID-19 Relief, MusiCares will help the music community transition back to business, with an emphasis on prioritizing mental health. MusiCares also continues to provide support through the many services they are known for including medical, dental and hearing programs, mental health and addiction recovery services, preventative clinics, unforeseen personal emergencies, and disaster relief, treating each case with integrity and confidentiality. Music professionals who already received assistance from MusiCares COVID-19 Relief are eligible to apply again.

"As it's often said in our biz, 'the show must go on,'" said one MusiCares grant recipient. "Thank you for all that you did during this most difficult of years to sustain a vital forum for artists, live music and community, and for supporting me through your COVID-19 Relief program. Besides being much needed good news, it was a great encouragement and inspired me to stay creative and courageous."

For anyone in the music community looking for support, please contact MusiCares at musicaresrelief@musicares.org or visit https://covid-19-relief.recordingacademy.com/(opens in a new tab) to apply for a hardship grant.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has promoted Shawn Finnie to Executive Vice President, Member Relations and Awards, Academy COO Christine Simmons announced today.  Finnie will report directly to Simmons.

Finnie will lead engagement and outreach initiatives for the organization’s global membership of more than 10,000 artists, filmmakers and executives and oversee Academy Awards® processes for submissions, rules and voting.  He will lead a team of more than 20 staff and work closely with the Academy’s Office of Representation, Inclusion and Equity and the Branch Executive Committees on member representation and inclusion efforts.

“Shawn is a unique and innovative leader.  He brings to this position the collaborative, solution-oriented and engaging style that has driven results throughout his time at the Academy,” said Simmons.  “His efforts to foster greater representation and connectivity among the global membership, expand how we serve our members and strengthen relationships within the greater film community have been and will continue to be invaluable to the organization and the industry as a whole.”

An Academy staff member for the past eight years, Finnie most recently held the position of Senior Director, Member Relations and Awards.  In this role, he was responsible for member outreach and engagement, industry relations and amplifying the Academy’s initiatives in representation and inclusion.  He oversaw branch committees and membership initiatives for Actors, Casting Directors, Marketing and Public Relations, Artists’ Representatives and Associates.  Finnie played a key role in such events as the Governors Awards and the Academy Women’s Luncheon and led efforts to deliver a personal and seamless experience for each Oscar® nominee.  Last summer, as part of the Academy Aperture 2025 initiative, he also helped launch “Academy Dialogues: It Starts with Us,” a conversation series focused on race, ethnicity, gender, history, opportunity and the art of filmmaking.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (June 10, 2021) — The GRAMMY Museum(opens in a new tab)® announced today that 81 talented high school students from 67 U.S. cities across 17 states have been selected as participants in the 17th annual GRAMMY Camp® program. All Time Low, Echosmith, and The War And Treaty will be this year's guest artists; they will discuss their career paths and help students prepare for the music industry. The signature music industry camp for U.S. high school students will be held virtually from Tues, July 20 to Sat, July 24.

"GRAMMY Camp is a prime example of the GRAMMY Museum's mission and education initiatives," said Michael Sticka, President of the GRAMMY Museum. "While the program will be a virtual experience again this year, it remains one of the most immersive summer camps for high school students interested in a career in music and continues to give young people the opportunity to study with music industry professionals, resulting in a genuine learning experience about life in the music industry."

This GRAMMY In The Schools® program is presented by the GRAMMY Museum. Additional program support is provided by the Bruno Mars Scholarship Fund, Chuck Lorre Family Foundation, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Pacific Bridge Arts Foundation, and the Recording Academy®.

GRAMMY Camp has historically taken place in Los Angeles as a five-day summer music experience. This year, in light of COVID-19, GRAMMY Camp will be a virtual interactive experience via digital conferencing. Focusing on all aspects of commercial music, this unique opportunity provides instruction by industry professionals in an immersive, creative online environment. The program features seven music career tracks: Audio Engineering, Electronic Music Production, Music Business, Music Journalism, Songwriting, Vocal Performance, and Instrumental Performance. All tracks culminate in virtual media projects, recordings and/or performances.

Applications for GRAMMY Camp 2022 will be available online in August at www.grammyintheschools.com

2021 GRAMMY Camp Selectees and Tracks (In Alpha Order by First Name)

Aaron Larit

Scarsdale, N.Y.

Electronic Music Production

Adin Eshaghpour

Agoura Hills, Calif.

Music Business

Akira Kassulke

Los Angeles

Electronic Music Production

Alejandro Koyama

Los Angeles

Electronic Music Production

Alex Mirzabeigi

La Canada, Calif.

Electronic Music Production

Alexis Anand

Naples, Fla.

Music Business

Alexis Johnson

Bethel, Minn.

Songwriting

Alina Hernandez

Upland, Calif.

Vocal Performance

Alivia Clark

Springfield, N.J.

Vocal Performance

Allyn Matheson

Culver City, Calif.

Music Journalism

Althea Aguel

Long Beach, Calif.

Songwriting

Ari Meron

Beverly Hills, Calif.

Instrument – Drums

Ava Thuresson

Coronado, Calif.

Vocal Performance

Blake Hanrahan

Mount Laurel, N.J.

Music Business

Bryant Hernandez Rivera

Los Angeles

Music Business

Camille Sole

Houston, Texas

Music Business

Carl Kukkonen

Solana Beach, Calif.

Electronic Music Production

Carter Long-Coffee

Culver City, Calif.

Music Business

Carter Norvell

Miamisburg, Ohio

Instrument – Keyboard

Derek Noguchi

Torrance, Calif.

Audio Engineering

Dexter Griffin

Oakland, Calif.

Electronic Music Production

Elizabeth Keegan

Kirkland, Wash.

Music Business

Eric Sican

Compton, Calif.

Instrument – Viola

Ethan Garrie

La Jolla, Calif.

Audio Engineering

Fausto Diaz

Los Angeles

Songwriting

Grace Ferguson

Arlington, Mass.

Vocal Performance

Grace Glaspell

Santa Ana, Calif.

Songwriting

Grace Gramins

Bronxville, N.Y.

Songwriting

Harmony Redford

Asheville, N.C.

Audio Engineering

Henry Gregory

Sterling, Va.

Audio Engineering

Isabella Reyes

Los Angeles

Vocal Performance

Isaiah Peoples

Fort Worth, Texas

Instrument – Guitar

Jacob Brusseau

Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Audio Engineering

Jad Maluf

Los Altos, Calif.

Electronic Music Production

Jake Wimmer

Agoura Hills, Calif.

Instrument – Keyboard

James Ignacio

Roseland, N.J.

Electronic Music Production

Jaq Adelman

Santa Monica, Calif.

Instrument – Keyboard

Jasani Pitts

Culver City, Calif.

Electronic Music Production

Jesus Aguilera

Norwalk, Calif.

Electronic Music Production

Joan Park

Buena Park, Calif.

Songwriting

Julia Fink

Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Music Journalism

Julia Garcia

Lakewood, Calif.

Music Business

Justine Lee

Baldwin Park, Calif.

Music Business

Kelly Tsai

San Gabriel, Calif.

Music Business

Kylie Kennedy

Jamul, Calif.

Audio Engineering

Leo Millot

Redondo Beach, Calif.

Electronic Music Production

Luke Sonderman

Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Audio Engineering

Maya McGowan

Tujunga, Calif.

Songwriting

Meghna Das

Edison, N.J.

Vocal Performance

Mia Perrin

Kalamazoo, Mich.

Songwriting

Michelle Kim

Torrance, Calif.

Electronic Music Production

Miguel Martinez

South Miami, Fla.

Instrument – Guitar

Miles Connor

Keller, Texas

Songwriting

Milo Chang Sigel

Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif.

Electronic Music Production

Natalie Brodnick

Naperville, Ill.

Music Journalism

Nathaniel Peifer

Mountain View, Calif.

Instrument - Guitar

Neji Khang

De Pere, Wis.

Instrument – Saxophone

Nicole Campos

Los Angeles

Music Business

Nikita Mallik

Bethesda, Md.

Audio Engineering

Nysa Gandhi

Baltimore, Md.

Songwriting

Oliviana Marie

Los Angeles

Songwriting

Oluwanimofe Akinyanmi

Princeton, N.J.

Electronic Music Production

Paris Hing

San Francisco, Calif.

Songwriting

Roel Maralit

Springfield, Va.

Audio Engineering

Rohit Lakshman

Altadena, Calif.

Music Journalism

Ryan Martinez

Livermore, Calif.

Music Business

Sage Holt-Hall

Chicago

Music Business

Samantha Blakeman

Carlsbad, Calif.

Instrument – Bass

Savannah Blandino

Torrance, Calif.

Vocal Performance

Sebastian Block

Los Angeles

Instrument – Guitar

Shannae Cunanan Bernales

Anaheim, Calif.

Vocal Performance

Shayna Wilson

Flanders, N.J.

Vocal Performance

Sheng Chang

Gaithersburg, Md.

Songwriting

Sophia Rabin

Newport Beach, Calif.

Songwriting

Sydney Lieberman

Parkland, Fla.

Music Business

Victor Tessier

Pomona, Calif.

Music Business

Wesley Lucas

Morrisville, Pa.

Music Business

Will Jennings

Durham, N.C.

Instrument – Drums

Xavier Hogan

Los Angeles

Instrument – Bass

Zachary Fryer

San Aselmo, Calif.

Instrument – Drums

Zelvin Collins

New Orleans, La.

Audio Engineering

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