WHY MUSIC EDUCATION ACTUALLY MATTERS

photo courtesy of Little Kids Rock

photo courtesy of Little Kids Rock

Why Music Education Actually Matters

Vast research shows that children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who do not participate in music lessons.

Someone put a violin in my hands in the first grade, and I’m glad they did.  While those squeaky four strings eventually yielded to a Beatles-inspired embrace of the guitar, my destiny was clear.

After spending decades being an educator and now acting as the vice president of a music college, I’ve treasured meeting thousands of talented students who have come to Hollywood to study music and pursue their dreams of a future in the music industry.

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Daily, I’m reminded that these students are the lucky ones who broke through. These students were supported by family, teachers, the non-profit sector, mentors and their community, which ultimately inspired them to pursue of a college education in contemporary music.

photo courtesy of Little Kids Rock

photo courtesy of Little Kids Rock

“Culture, education and creative opportunity are the birthright of our children.”

For most of us, a life without music is unthinkable.  Yet, as the 21st century unfurls, we witness the continuous, drastic erosion of funding and support for music education in public schools across the country.  We’ve replaced the “forest” of our once lauded, well-rounded American education practices with “the trees” — or “Common Core Standards”.  Today, music education now makes a cameo appearance in classrooms as a mere curricular footnote, if at all.

Musical illiteracy

Even in the face of scientific research that prove music studies to be quantifiable accelerants in cognitive development, analytic prowess, improvisational capacity, innovation and success in the business realm, our youth must often look outside of their schools for music education.

Are we now becoming a country of musical illiterates as creators and audiences? Do our kids really believe that winning on The Voice or getting discovered on YouTube are the only pathways to becoming a successful musician?  Who needs an education, right?

photo courtesy of Little Kids Rock

photo courtesy of Little Kids Rock

Thankfully, the loud cries to rescue public school music education during this crisis are being heard, and many helping hands are reaching out to help. Many national non-profits are doing exceptional work to put music back into schools.  Among them are Little Kids Rock, Music Unites, Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, NAMM Foundation, and The Recording Academy, as well as countless individual, local non-profits such as The Musicians Foundation.

These diverse groups are gaining some lost ground by creating new in-school music programs, extra-curricular programs, building community and ultimately changing kids’ lives. Each is dedicated to the core value that culture, education and creative opportunity are the birthright of our children. This song is ours to sing for them, and it’s the tune I’ve sung my whole life thanks to a wonderful first grade music teacher.

by: Beth Marlis Executive Director The Musicians Foundation, VP, Musicians Institute
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THE MUSICIANS FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS FEATURE: SHEILA E

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we’re featuring the achievements, exploits and adventures of our illustrious Board of Directors across the music industry.  

For the ninth (and final installment) in our ongoing series of weekly snapshots, we catch up with the legendary Sheila E!

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“Live your life. Live it beautifully and bravely, knowing that nothing can leave you broken forever. Follow the beat of your own drum, your own heart, and you’ll be happy.”- Sheila E

Known worldwide as a Grammy® and Emmy® Award-nominated singer/songwriter (including mega-hits: “The Glamorous Life” and “A Love Bizarre”) dynamic drummer/percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and Pop, Latin and R&B superstar …Sheila E. is also an actress, mentor, and philanthropist.

She continues to build upon her well deserved status as a music legend and role model with the upcoming release of her new autobiography on Sept. 2nd  “The Beat of My Own Drum” :

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Upcoming book release and signing events: New York: 9/7 – Hollywood: 9/10 – Boston: 9/27

Sheila E’s extraordinary career has spanned 7 album releases, countless appearances on A-list recordings, tours, TV and film appearances.

In 2014, she also released a brand new CD: “ICON”:

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Whether chosen by Prince to join his band…

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With The Purple One

Or, to perform at the White House…

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Or to perform for the 2012 Academy Awards (with Pharrell Williams and composer Hans Zimmer)… 

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Sheila E, Hans Zimmer, Esperanza Spalding, Pharrell Williams

Or serving on behalf of The Recording Academy (The Grammys®) Board as a Governor and Trustee…

With Neil Portnow, President of The Recording Academy

With Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy

Or getting a standing ovation at the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors…

Being surrounded by many friends and collaborators…

Stevie Wonder and Sheila E. appear onstage during the International Jazz Day Concert held at the United Nations General Assembly Hall 2012

Stevie Wonder and Sheila E. onstage during the International Jazz Day Concert @United Nations General Assembly Hall 2012

Or performing (one of many times) at the Hollywood Bowl…

Playboy Jazz Festival 34TH Anniversary 2012 at The Hollywood Bowl

With Pete Escovedo at The Playboy Jazz Festival 2012 at The Hollywood Bowl

She credits her father Pete (and her godfather Tito Puente) as tremendous influences…

Or by ringing in 2014 performing with Sergio Mendes on New Year’s Eve at Disney Hall…

With Sergio Mendes at Disney Hall New Years Eve 2014

With Sergio Mendes at Disney Hall New Years Eve 2014

Or being known at Musicians Institute as “Dr. E”…

Honorary Doctor of Music Degree from MI 2010
Honorary Doctor of Music 2010

It’s CLEAR to all that Sheila E. has not only lived “the glamorous life”, she’s lived the life of an incredibly inspirational role model. When away from the spotlight, music doubles as a source of healing and giving back for Sheila E.  Between gigs, she crisscrosses the country speaking at schools and colleges, shelters, church organizations, music classes and clinics about music’s effect on her life and career.

In 2001, she founded The Elevate Hope Foundation, which has supported numerous programs (thru its grant awards) that provide abused and abandoned children an alternative method of therapy through music and the arts.

Most recently, (in tandem with the city of Oakland), Sheila and Elevate Hope staged the very successful first annual “Elevate Oakland” benefit concert in February of 2014.   The goal: to raise funds to improve student academic achievement and attendance through music and arts programming, and bringing new opportunities and supporting the creative potential of Oakland youth. 

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We are deeply honored and immensely proud to have Sheila E. serve as a member of the Board of Directors for The Musicians Foundation.

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THE MUSICIANS FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS FEATURE: DAN KIMPEL

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we’re featuring the achievements, exploits and adventures of our illustrious Board of Directors across the music industry.

For the eighth in our ongoing series of weekly snapshots, we catch up with our Chairman of the Board and music industry veteran: Dan Kimpel.

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“I don’t describe myself by what I do, but rather what others might need me to accomplish on their behalf.”

Dan Kimpel is widely acknowledged as a foremost authority on popular music and songwriters, who contributes to books, interactive CDs, magazines, websites, documentary films, television programming, videos and new media.

Dan Kimpel - Moderator, Tony Van Veen - CEO, Discmakers and CD Baby, Ariel Hyatt - President, Ariel Publicity, Debra Russell - Life coach, Bob Baker - Author at TAXI's Road Rally

Dan Kimpel (Panel Moderator), Tony Van Veen (CEO, Discmakers and CD Baby), Ariel Hyatt (President, Ariel Publicity), Debra Russell (Life coach), Bob Baker (Author) @TAXI’s Road Rally

His recent interview subjects include Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Ne-Yo, Mary J. Blige, Green Day, David Guetta, Usher, Alicia Keys, Jason Mraz, Ringo Starr, Black Eyed Peas.  Some of his favorite subjects include: Leonard Cohen, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Clint Eastwood, Maya Angelou, Metallica, Sasha Baron-Cohen and many more.

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Moderating BMI Panel at Content Copyright Conference

Mr. Kimpel is a highly respected (and in-demand) interviewer, panelist, moderator, Master of Ceremonies, journalist, teacher, public speaker, liaison and networker extraordinaire.

At DMI Music Marketing's Grammy party.
At DMI Music Marketing’s Grammy party.

 If there is a music conference, a songwriters conference, an awards show, TV appearance, or MI event- then Dan Kimpel will be on the scene.

SESAC's Trevor Gale and Pat Rogers; Dan Kimpel (Music Connection)
SESAC’s Trevor Gale and Pat Rogers; Dan Kimpel (Music Connection)

Here, Dan shares some excellent tips for success in the music business:

In July 2014, Dan conducted an onstage interview for The Recording Academy/Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL) for Transformers: Age of Extinction screening at Paramount Pictures with composer Steve Jablonsky.  His recent television appearances include panelist and on screen music commentary for AXS Live, and Inside Edition.

Q&A with  film composer Steve Jablonsky, moderated by Dan Kimpel.
Q&A with film composer Steve Jablonsky, moderated by Dan Kimpel.

 Over six years, passengers on United Airlines heard Kimpel’s incisive interviews with hit songwriters and recording artists on The United Entertainment Network and Delta Airlines worldwide.

Dan gives a lecture on Networking Strategies for Songwriters at ASCAP Expo:

As a journalist, Dan contributes cover features to the West Coast trade publication Music Connection magazine, plus a regular column, “Song Biz,” that profiles writers and composers in each issue. Other publications that feature his writing have included BMI World, ASCAP Playback, Grammy, SESAC Magazine, Film Music and American Songwriter.

Recently, Dan’s interviews and cover stories include: Lily AllenRicky Reed, Florida-Georgia Line, Tom Petty and Jackson Browne.

Dan has several successful book titles to his credit:

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It All Begins with the Music: Developing Successful Artists & Careers for the New Music Business, co-authored with legendary A&R executive, Don Grierson is his most recent title.  Dan’s book on maximizing personal relationships, Networking Strategies For The New Music Business (ArtistPro/Thomson) is the follow up to his best-selling title, Networking in the Music Business.  How They Made It: True Stories of How Music’s Biggest Stars Went From Start to Stardom, was released in 2006.  Electrify My Soul: Songwriters and the Spiritual Source followed in 2008.

With Dorian Holley

With Dorian Holley (American Idol, Michael Jackson +)

An expert teacher, Dan conducted week-long master classes on networking at Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) in the UK over a five-year period. He is currently on the faculty of Musicians Institute in Hollywood where he is three-time Music Business Program Teacher of the Year.  He also is very active on the lecture circuit at colleges, universities and conferences across the U.S., Canada and Japan.

Jan 2014: Musicians Institute Career Development NAMM Networking Seminar
Jan 2014: Musicians Institute Career Development NAMM Networking Seminar

Here, Dan speaks to MUBUTV’s Rich Ezra about the skills needed for effective networking:

Since 2010, Dan has taught a series of courses on behalf of Musicians Institute and co-sponsored by The-Musicians Foundation-Org  for LAUSD High School students at The Grammy Museum.  

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May 2014: class on music business with gurus Dan Kimpel and Aaron Meza (MI faculty) at The Grammy Museum

We are honored to have Dan serve as Chairman of the Board for The Musicians Foundation!

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Beth Marlis (Exec. Director), Dan Kimpel (Board Chair) at 2012 MI Alumni Event

 To keep up with all the exciting music industry goings-on of Dan Kimpel, follow him on Facebook, Twitter or his website.

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THE MUSICIANS FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS FEATURE: Casey Robison

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we’re featuring the achievements, exploits and adventures of our illustrious Board of Directors across the music industry.

For the seventh in our ongoing series of weekly snapshots, we catch up with board member and music industry veteran: Casey Robison, Vice President of Publishing, Big Deal Music.

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Casey Robison, Big Deal Music

In 2013, Casey joined Big Deal Music: a dynamic, broad-based rights organization and independent publishing company with offices in LA, New York and Nashville.

Casey was formerly the Director of Writer/Publisher Relations at BMI LA (2007-2012).  Prior to his stint with BMI,  he worked in publishing at Chrysalis Music Publishing.  That’s a fantastic string of cool industry gigs!

Here we find Casey (he’s the guy in plaid) with several of the principles and staff at Big Deal Music. The company is dedicated to finding and nurturing unique talent, helping truly special artists and songwriters create lasting businesses for themselves.

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To date, the Big Deal Music artist roster includes: My Morning JacketAnnie Clark, (AKA St Vincent), Jim James, The Black Angels, Ethan Johns, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Missy Higgins, FIDLAR, Wye Oak, Korey Dane and songwriters Brett Beavers, Tim James, Brad Tursi.   They also have a cool You Tube channel with many of their artists.

Casey is very well connected and he knows A LOT of important folks in the industry…

  (L-R): Kenny MacPherson (Big Deal President), Damon Bunetta, (BMG Chrysalis) Zach Katz (Family Affair Productions), John Ryan (songwriter), Laurent Hubert (BMG, ASCAP), Casey Robison.


(L-R): Kenny MacPherson (Big Deal President), Damon Bunetta, (BMG Chrysalis) Zach Katz (Family Affair Productions), John Ryan (songwriter), Laurent Hubert (BMG, ASCAP), Casey Robison.

Casey Robison, Beth Laird (Creative Nation), friend, Mike O'Neill (BMI) at SXSW 2012

Casey Robison, Beth Laird (Creative Nation), friend, Mike O’Neill (BMI) at SXSW 2012

Casey is also known in biz as a great, personable guy who is very generous and supportive.  Evidenced here, as he lets “the other guy” rock the plaid shirt!:

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BMI’s Jake Simon (l)  and Casey Robison (rt) w/ Beast Patrol front woman,VBley in 2012

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Myles Lewis (BMI), Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, Joe Maggini (BMI), Casey Robison

At SXSW 2011

With Gary Clark Jr. et al At SXSW 2011

We know the music industry is a “small world after all”, so we wanted to share this article (where Casey is mentioned) written for Music Connection by fellow Musicians Foundation board member (and Chairman) Dan Kimpel HERE.

We’ve also heard (on very good authority) that Casey was recently married on July 9th.  Congratulations are in order from your extended family at The Musicians Foundation!  We’re honored to have Casey Robison serving on our board.

Casey Robison, July 9 2014

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We’re extremely proud of our board, and their dedication in support of music education!

THE MUSICIANS FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS FEATURE: PAUL YOUNGBLOOD

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we’re featuring the achievements, exploits and adventures of our illustrious Board of Directors across the music industry.

For the sixth in our ongoing series of weekly snapshots, we catch up with board member Paul Youngblood, current Vice President Roland Corporation U.S., and Boss U.S. Vice President (Japan) overseeing worldwide product development and marketing for BOSS products

Paul Youngblood with the first Boss pedal ever made

Paul Youngblood with the first Boss pedal ever made

Paul joined Roland Corporation U.S. in 1985 (starting his Roland career as a clinician) and has since served in numerous pivotal positions. He then went on to become Roland MI product manager in 1990 where he successfully launched several award-winning products, paving the way for his ascent into the upper echelons of Roland.

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Roland and Fender team up in 2012, for the “synth-equipped Fender Strat” launch: Chris Bristol (Pres. Roland US), Kaz Tanaka (Roland CEO), Larry Thomas (Fender CEO), Richard Mcdonald (Fender SVP), Paul Youngblood (Roland US SVP)

You’ll find an interesting overview of Roland history written by Mr. Youngblood HERE.

A wearer of many hats, Paul  is also a sound designer, author, composer, performer, noted authority on electronic musical instruments, author of the 1989 Hal Leonard reference publication “MIDI Guitar and Synthesis”, and is (himself) an accomplished guitarist.

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Much more recently, Paul spoke with Premier Guitar at NAMM 2014 about the Boss ME-80 Guitar Multiple Effects unit and the launch of “Boss Tone Central” (Paul appears at 5:20):

The music industry is a small world, we’re pretty sure that’s not just a hunch!  Here we find Paul pictured with with fellow Musicians Foundation board member Mike Molenda at Musicians Institute:

With Boss Loop US Finals 3rd place winner: Tony Smiley.

Contest Judges Paul and Mike with 2010 Boss Loop US Finals 3rd place winner: Tony Smiley.

Yet again, we find board members Paul and Mike talking “gear” for the KB Roland Spring Product Debut back in 2010 HERE:

 As a Roland veteran executive, Paul is an expert at fostering strategic relationships and creative partnerships within the music industry.

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Jude Gold, Luke, Bubby Lewis, Paul Michael Lloyd: Judges: Boss Loop Station US Finals at MI in 2011

NewBay Media’s Joe Perry, Joe Ferrick and John Pledger with Roland’s Paul Youngblood: 27th TEC Awards at NAMM 2012

NewBay Media’s Joe Perry, Joe Ferrick and John Pledger with Roland’s Paul Youngblood: 27th TEC Awards at NAMM 2012

 

He also knows some rock stars, of course.

2011 with Dave Navarro

2011 with Dave Navarro

Paul (and Roland) are constantly innovating and coming up with cool new products and partnerships, like this recent press release about the partnership between Roland’s V-Drums and QSC speakers.  We’re extremely honored to have Paul serve on our board,  bringing his tremendous business experience, music industry expertise, savvy and insight in support of music education!

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THE MUSICIANS FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS FEATURE: JODY WATLEY

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we’re featuring the achievements, exploits and adventures of our illustrious Board of Directors across the music industry.

For the fifth in our ongoing series of weekly snapshots, we catch up with Grammy™ winning board member, prolific music trendsetter and maverick (Pop, R&B, Jazz, Dance and Electronic Soul): Jody Watley - vocalist, songwriter, producer and visionary leader in video, fashion and style!

© 2014 Jody Watley by Albert Sanchez

© 2014 Jody Watley by Albert Sanchez

Sit back, and make yourself comfortable, because you’ll definitely enjoy reading her truly amazing bio HERE

Since her earliest days (starting at age 14!) as a popular dancer on Soul Train and her later success with the group Shalimar (1977-1983), Jody has never stopped creating, inventing and moving forward as a pioneer with her own extremely successful multi-dimensional career.

She became an immediate success as a solo artist, winning the Best New Artist GRAMMY award in 1987.

Grammy Award Best New Artist 1988

She quickly topped the charts with her 1987 smash hits, “Looking For a New Love”:

 “Don’t You Want Me”:

Followed by “Real Love” in 1989:

Since embarking on her solo career in the 1980’s, Watley has continued to evolve into a powerhouse artist who has sold over 20 million albums and singles worldwide, as well being known as an international style and music video icon.  Her ability to combine music and fashion has remained an inspiration for many artists today such as Rihanna and Beyonce. She has served as a Governor for the LA Chapter of The Recording Academy, and is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from Billboard Magazine for her career spanning over 25 years.

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Harper’s Bazaar Magazine feature: Nov. 1991 by Andrea Blanch

Fashion icon reel: 

Jody’s latest release is entitled Nightlife, from the soon-to-be-released EP “Paradise”:

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Check out the Jody Watley Nightlife Official Video (Dave Doyle Remix):

Recently. she performed live for a very enthusiastic crowd at Yoshi’s in Oakland, reviewed HERE

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 Here, Jody pays tribute to 40 Years of Soul Train… 

With Cuba Gooding, Smokey Robinson, , Questlove, et al

With Cheo Horari Coker, Smokey Robinson, Cuba Gooding, Don Cornelius, Questlove

 We’re honored to have Jody Watley serve on our board, as a powerful role model and mentor for aspiring musicians, entertainers and artists!

Jody Watley's Newest upcoming release: PARADISE

You can stay connected with Jody Watley, for all the latest news:

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Summer Notes and Our New Video

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Beth Marlis

Notes from our Executive Director

Happy summer everyone!

As I hope you’re enjoying these sultry dog days of summer, I wanted to share a quick update on some of our latest initiatives and projects that will launch in the next few months.

It’s our 10th anniversary, and every week (on these very blog pages) we’re featuring profiles of our fantastic Board of Directors.  I invite you to scroll thru our previous posts and check it out!

Looking ahead to September of this year, we’ll be awarding $70,000 in scholarships to the students at Musicians Institute, via 40 unique scholarship opportunities (including our annual flagship Stanley Clarke Scholarship).

We’ve just finalized our fantastic (co-sponsored) series of 10 music-specific class titles for LAUSD high school students held at The Grammy Museum, running from November thru May 2015.

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We’re also very excited that our non-profit partner unite4:good (an amazing, altruistic organization), has shot a promo video highlighting the work of The Musicians Foundation.

As we grow, we are continuing to form extremely beneficial relationships with other non-profits like: unite4:good, Little Kids Rock, The Grammy Museum, The Recording Academy, and our local Hollywood-area arts organizations.

Have a look at our new video, and check out our unite4:good page, where this video will be featured:

Won’t you consider making a tax-deductible donation today?

Beth Marlis, Executive Director

Let’s serve up more music, and give it to more kids! 

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THE MUSICIANS FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS FEATURE: MICHAEL MOLENDA

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we’re featuring the achievements, exploits and adventures of our illustrious Board of Directors across the music industry.

For the fourth in our ongoing series of weekly snapshots, we catch up with board member extraordinaire: Michael Molenda, Editor-in-Chief of Guitar Player magazine.

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Michael Molenda

We found a great overview of Michael’s successful tenure as Editor-in-Chief at GP (since 1998) and his insights about working at the world’s most respected and longest running guitar magazine (est.1967) HERE. 

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It’s not an exaggeration to say that he’s a gear expert and one of the foremost authorities on the world of contemporary guitar.

Here, he gives a brief promo shout out about Fractal Audio and the never-ending quest for tone at the NAMM ’13 show:

When he’s not editing or writing, (Michael has published an impressive six books – check out this interview about his “Guitar Heros of the 70’s” book).

…he might be hanging around with rockstars and guitar stars…

Backstage with Ringo in July 2014

Backstage with Ringo in July 2014

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Robben Ford receives the Guitar Player Magazine Hall of Fame “Certified Legend Award”-2013

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Luke, Earl Slick and MM

or he might be roadtesting all of the coolest new guitar gear…

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When not doing ALL of the above, and serving as a member of our board… Michael can be found playing live, and having a blast around the SF Bay Area with the retro-fun Monkee’s tribute band “The Trouble with Monkeys”

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Performing with “The Trouble With Monkeys”

Here’s a promo video:

To keep up with all the latest, you can find Michael Molenda online at these fine establishments:

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THE MUSICIANS FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS FEATURE: JAMES LEACH

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we’re featuring the achievements, exploits and adventures of our illustrious Board of Directors across the music industry.

For the third in our ongoing series of weekly snapshots, we catch up with board member James Leach Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations and West Coast Operations for SESAC (the nation’s fastest growing performing rights organization).

Pictured (l-r): Trevor Gale (SVP) of SESAC, SESAC writers Paul Schaffer and Nate "Danja" Hills, 
James Leach (VP) and Dennis Lord (EVP) of SESAC.

Trevor Gale (SVP) of SESAC, SESAC writers Paul Schaffer & Nate “Danja” Hills, 
James Leach (VP), Dennis Lord (EVP) of SESAC.

Prior to joining SESAC in 2001, James began his music career at Famous Music Publishing, and then later moved on to become Director of Creative Affairs for Michael Jackson’s ATV Music Group. This is where he worked with distinguished song catalogs of the Beatles, Sly & the Family Stone, Little Richard, John Lee Hooker, and Michael Jackson. Upon leaving ATV Music in 1994, Mr. Leach formed Leach Entertainment Enterprises where he consulted for several indie labels and placed music recording projects in various film/television projects. He has also worked as music supervisor at Fox Television.

With Harvey Mason

With Harvey Mason

Here’s a great interview with James, where he discusses his insights and many years in the industry. He also shares a bit about the current work he does with major industry talents (writers and publishers) and the great services/opportunities provided by SESAC.

In addition to his SESAC gig, and serving on our board; James is also a Governor for the LA Chapter of The Recording Academy (The Grammy’s™). In this video clip, he’s featured talking about why Academy membership is valuable.

Thank you James for sharing your tremendous expertise and knowledge of music publishing, songwriters and their needs in our ever-changing industry; and your dedication in support of music education by serving on the board of The Musicians Foundation!

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James Leach

 

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