Mentoring Spirit: Robert Kraft

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Robert Kraft has worn many hats in his musical career. He’s been in a rock band, worked as a film composer, and presently he’s the president of Fox Music. Three years ago the Grammy Foundation referred him to be a teacher’s assistant in a music class at L.A.’s Hamilton High School. He enjoyed it so much that he started a mentoring program at Fox Music.

Kraft and some 20 other Fox Music employees each year interact one-on-one with a musically talented youth. An Oscar nominee (for original song — “The Mambo Kings”), Kraft has driven students to college interviews, introduced them to their favorite composers and placed them in internships. One of his mentees, through an internship with composer David Newman, wrote a short cue for the film “Ice Age” and as a high school senior had the opportunity to record it with an orchestra.

His current mentee often calls him in the evening and plays him a new song over the phone to get feedback. For Kraft, that is the fun part, adding he gets “a great thrill out of completely blowing their minds — showing them recording sessions and movie stars and sprinkling their lives with a little glamour.”

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