American Idol kids’ camp may be expanded, costs $2,900 for 10 days

The American Idol 6 kids’ summer camp–which costs just $2,900 for a 10-day session, including room and board–“may be expanded next year from one month to three months with a West Coast summer camp possibly added a year later,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Ideally I would like to see our program reaching all around the U.S. and also touching kids from a whole variety of backgrounds and different cultures,” FremantleMedia’s Felicity Carr told the paper. She wants to expand because “funding for performing arts programs has been drying up over the last few years, so we are really just trying to fill that gap and encourage kids to extend themselves, take risks and pursue their dreams.”

And pay $2,900, although the camp did offer scholarships “to students from households with a gross annual income of $50,000 or less.”

This year, 700 kids participated, and the “atmosphere is noncompetitive,” the paper says. “A typical day begins with workshops featuring professional tips from industry insiders — from singers and musicians to producers and even the stylists of the hair and wardrobes of ‘Idol’ stars. After that, stretched through the day, are elective activities, including singing solo, performing in a band on stage, music video production, improvised acting, choreography, set-building and basic auditioning.”

‘American Idol’ grooms kids at camp [Hollywood Reporter]

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