The Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation’s prestigious one-of-a-kind music camp, NOISE! is happening right now in Music City.

High school students from all across the United States were selected specifically based on merit and talent to attend NOISE! The students, ranging in age from 15-18, have high hopes of a career in the music industry and this camp is a wonderful opportunity for them to learn about the biz.

At NOISE! students learn from a wide range of role models including artist managers, record label producers, music critics, audio architects and other industry insiders. They have the opportunity to create career plans, take field trips and show off their talent.

Music industry professionals in Music City are volunteering their time this week to mentor the attendees and give presentations on their expertise in the industry. Professionals participating include: Rod Essig (Creative Artist Agency), Michael Knox (Producer/Jason Aldean, among others), Peter Zavadil (Award winning music video director), Mark Mason (Sr. Dir., Writer Publisher Relations, BMI), Jim Zumwalt (Entertainment Attorney), Alan Mayor (Celebrity/Music Industry Photographer), Hal Hassell (Digital Technology), Rob Blackledge (One Revolution Entertainment), Richard Orga (Black Ink Music Publishing), Chris Wallen(Multi – Hit Songwriter), Teena Camp (TSC Marketing) and Vanessa Parker-Davis (Splash! PR).

“I had a blast visiting with the kids attending NOISE! Their excitement about the industry was very inspiring to me. I wish there had been an opportunity like this for me when I was their age,” said Michael Knox, Producer for country hit maker Jason Aldean and others.

NOISE! student attendees are also visiting music industry businesses including; CMT, Capitol Records, Ocean Way Studios, BMI, Clear Channel Studios, Belmont University, Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business, The Wildhorse Saloon, among others.

At the end of their experience with NOISE! student attendees will have an opportunity to show off what they’ve learned on the last day of the music camp where they will make presentations in their particular field of interest. There will also be a special VIP reception for attendees and industry volunteers for an opportunity for the students to further connect with their mentors.

Sponsors for NOISE! 2009 in Music City USA include: Best Buy Musical Instruments Store, Matchless Transportation Services, South Central Sound, BB&T, © 2008 Taylor Guitars, The Loveless Café, Loews Vanderbilt Plaza and Sambuca restaurant in Nashville, TN.

The Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation was established as a 501(c )3 non-profit public charity organization in 1998 by Muzak LLC. The Foundation’s mission is to redefine and expand the scope of music education.

The Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation helps students turn their passion for music into real world opportunities – by providing teens with new and exciting programs focused on all aspects of the music business. To learn more visit us online at or call us at 803.396.3512. Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation can be found on Facebook under the “causes” app. Facebook members can also request to join the Noise! 2009 group on the social networking site. Additionally, a MySpace page dedicated to the Foundation can be found at So get out there and make some Noise!Country Music Photo Gallery

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Shauna "WhiskeyChick" Castorena is a freelance writer for both Country Music News and Country Music On Tour. Want to collab on some content? Email me. Want my rates for commercial promo work? Get them right here.