LAFAYETTE, Calif., (Nov. 7th, 2013) – The Women’s International Music Network (The WiMN) is pleased to announce additional honorees of the 2014 She Rocks Awards. Dinah Gretsch, Maricela Juarez, Beth Marlis (Musicians Foundation Executive Director/Musicians Institute VP) and Robin Walenta will be honored at the ceremony on Fri., Jan. 24, 2014 from 8:30AM to 10:00AM at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., during the 2014 NAMM show.
These women will be recognized along with previously announced honorees Sheila E, the legendary percussion icon (and Musicians Foundation Board member), and Janie L. Hendrix, current President/CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC and its affiliated organizations, and sister of the legendary Jimi Hendrix.
“I’m very proud to recognize the legacy of these women,” comments WiMN-founder and She Rocks Awards host, Laura B. Whitmore. “By inspiring and encouraging fellow women in the industry, each one of these recipients embodies the spirit of the She Rocks Awards.”
As leaders in the music industry, each honoree will be recognized for their own unique talents, accomplishments and philanthropic works.
Event tickets to the awards breakfast can be purchased by clicking HERE
Paying tribute to women who display leadership
and stand out within the music industry.
January 24th, 2014 8:30AM – 10:00AM at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel
During the 2014 NAMM Show. Ticket price includes a catered breakfast.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit
the Girls Rock Camp Alliance.
The Musicians Foundation, Musicians Institute (MI) and The Grammy Museum are proud to present the 2013-2014 series of co-sponsored Grammy Museum Music Education classes for LA Unified School District high school students in the Museum’s intimate Clive Davis Theater.
The Grammy Museum has become an important gateway for supporting and preserving music education as a major sponsor of school tours and music classes for LA area middle and high school students who are suffering from severe cuts in arts education in their own school’s budget.
During 2013-14, the classes are taught exclusively by MI’s world-class faculty, and MI will be the Museum’s sole Education Class sponsor for the month of March, with a focus on Music and Technology.
This unique hands-on MI course series (now in its 5th year), has inspired and delighted thousands of high school students while imparting valuable knowledge and experience that are at the heart of making, understanding and appreciating both music and the music industry. Some classes may be available to the public, contact The Grammy Museum directly for more details. All classes start at 11am.
Musicians Institute has been a major sponsor of The Grammy Museum since it’s inception in 2008.
October: Music and Technology
Beat Making and Samples: Darryl Swann
Date: Tuesday November 12th, 2013
Today’s Drummer: Creating Abelton Live Loops and the Drum Set: Donny Gruendler
Date: Tuesday November 19th, 2013
December 2012: Music and English/Language Arts
Hook, Lines & Sinkers – A Pop Lyric Writing Workshop:Anika Paris
Date: Tuesday December 3rd, 2013
March 2014: Music and Technology
Sampling Across Genres – Introducing Students to Sample Based Music Production Using Logic Pro: Appu Krishnan
Date: Tuesday March 4th, 2014
Working with Vocal Technology: Darryl Swann
Date: Tuesday March 11th, 2014
Intro to Today’s DJ Techniques: Charlie Sputnik
Date: Tuesday March 18th, 2014
Make Your Own Music Video!: Linus Lau
Date: Tuesday March 25th, 2014
May 2014: Music Careers
Date: Tuesday May 6th, 2014
Writing Music for Film and Television: Mark Cross
Date: Tuesday May 13th, 2014
Hook, Lines & Sinkers – A Pop Lyric Writing Workshop:Anika Paris
Date: Tuesday May 20th, 2014
Date: Tuesday May 27th, 2014
To learn more about the Grammy Museum and educational course offerings for 2013-2014 please Click here
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The winner of the fall 2013 MI 35th Anniversary Drum Scholarship is O’Fallon, Illinois native Arthur Johnson who comes to Musicians Institute armed with 19 years of experience drumming in Jazz Fusion and Funk/Gospel music styles.
Upon learning about his award, Arthur explains that he chose to study at MI because “I hope to be a sponge at MI, I want to soak in as much as possible and completely understand my craft and fitting into various ensembles. MI is the best school for contemporary music and it fits perfectly into what I want my career to be”.
He adds “My goals are to network, become a clinician, play for various artists, and hopefully one day play drum set for a late night TV talk show”.
Everyone at MI congratulates Arthur on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to his studies. We look forward to seeing him reach his full potential while at MI.
Special thanks to MI’s family of Alumni, whose generous donations fund this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Arthur with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.
The winner of the Musicians Institute 35th Anniversary Vocal Scholarship for fall 2013 is Kansas native, Miranda Bradford who specializes in R&B and Hip Hop styles.
Upon learning about her award, Miranda explains that she chose to study at MI because “MI is the next step for me towards the career I need. I want to learn the ins and outs of the industry so I can hold my own when the time comes”. She shares that she has been “enthralled with the entertainment industry ever since I was a child”.
She describes her future aspirations and careers goals as “in a perfect world, I would love to blow up all over! I want to touch people with my music and inspire them in all aspects of life. I’m not in this for the fame or fortune, but because it’s my passion and I want to share my passion with other people”.
Everyone at MI congratulates Miranda on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to her studies. We look forward to seeing her reach his full potential while at MI.
Special thanks to MI’s family of Alumni, whose generous donations fund this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Miranda with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.
The third annual Mitch Faber Memorial Guitar Scholarship, created to honor the memory, talent and artistic career of GIT grad Mitch Faber (class of 1981), has been awarded to Nick Blankenship. Nick hails from Modesto, California and is entering the Associate of Arts in Performance (Guitar) program at Musicians Institute having demonstrated outstanding musicianship and the potential for developing a unique voice in the blues style.
While attending Musicians Institute, Nick will focus on “how to become the best player, live musician, studio musician, music teacher and student I can be. To develop a great ear, a great sense of harmony, study the way music works in depth, and be able to play just about everything in a professional and unique way. I want to learn to be a professional guitarist that can have wisdom to know what to play and when to play it at the appropriate time”.
Nick states: “I have a real passion for playing and studying Jazz music and Fusion music, and I want to explore composition and improvisation more. I am very open to all styles of music, and have played just about everything from Classical to Gospel; I also love Bluegrass, Funk, R&B, Latin, Soul, Blues and everything in between.”
He chose to study at MI because “I want to immerse myself in an environment which includes the greatest teachers who love to share their knowledge and wisdom, while being around other students that I can learn from and be inspired by, in the heart of a city where the music business is flourishing and full of opportunity. MI is a school where they teach you the importance of being a professional musician, knowing your instrument backwards and forwards and being open-minded towards other types of music, and learning how to market yourself, and the importance of hard work in the music industry”.
Nick adds “my dreams and goals include: composing music, working as a studio musician in LA, and playing all kinds of diverse music with the best players in town. I would also like to tour as a sideman for big-name artists. Another big dream of mine has always been to be a teacher at MI or a school like MI”.
Everyone at MI congratulates Nick on winning this prestigious award that honors both the legacy and career of a Guitar Program alumnus (Mitch Faber) and supports the education and growth of a talented, evolving, and very deserving guitarist!
Musicians Institute is pleased to announce that Nate Dominguez is the recipient of the fall 2013 ESP Guitar Scholarship. Nate comes to MI’s Guitar Program from Tucson, Arizona already in possession of serious Progressive Metal guitar skills.
Nate chose to study at MI because “this school was the best fit for covering a lot of ground and studying many musical genres. I feel the environment here will be the most beneficial to my career”. While at MI, he plans to “learn everything I possibly can about the instrument from a theory standpoint to construction of the instrument to business ”. ”My goals are to be a touring musician with a top of the line home studio and to be a guitar teacher”.
Everyone at MI congratulates Nate on winning this prestigious scholarship award, and we welcome him as he begins his studies and the many great experiences ahead at MI!
Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, ESP Guitars for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Nate with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful careers in the music industry.
To learn more about ESP Electric Guitars, and their full line of guitar products, visit http://www.espguitars.com
The legendary rock icon Janis Joplin (who earned her fame while fronting the psychedelic rock outfit Big Brother and the Holding Company) will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6752 Hollywood Blvd., directly in front of Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music.
The singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement honor in 2005.
Joplin’s tragically short recording career started in 1967 with Big Brother’s first album and Joplin passed in 1970, she would have been 70 years old this year.
Some Joplin’s best loved hits include: Piece of My Heart, Me and Bobby McGee, Kozmic Blues, Get it while You Can, Cry Baby and many more.
The Walk of Fame ceremony is open to the public, and features special guest appearances by Kris Kristofferson and Clive Davis.
WHO: Emcee: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler
Guest speakers: Kris Kristofferson and Clive Davis
Accepting the star will be Janis’ siblings, Michael and Laura Joplin
WHAT: 2,510th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Category of Recording
WHERE: 6752 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Musicians Institute
WHEN: Monday, November 4, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. PDT
Event will be live-streamed exclusively on www.walkoffame.com
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that the late Janis Joplin will be honored with star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. “Janis Joplin is an iconic figure and her songs will always be remembered by her fans around the world,” stated Hollywood Walk of Fame producer, Ana Martinez. “We are excited to add a unique tribute to Janis by her friend Kris Kristofferson who will perform a special acoustic version of “Me and Bobby McGee,” which Janis famously recorded in 1970 yet was released posthumously in 1971, scoring Joplin a number one hit.
The Drum Program at Musicians Institute is pleased to announce that funk and rock drummer Christian Kongawi from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada has been named the winner of the prestigious Evans Drumhead Scholarship for fall 2013.
Christian will focus on “growing my arsenal of rudiments, music styles and essentially expand my musical vocabulary in order to be the best player I can be” during his studies at MI.
Upon receiving his scholarship award, Christian acknowledged that he chose to study at MI because of “it’s reputation, I’ve met people who have attended, and they all gave raving reviews. Not only that, but it is centrally located in one of the meccas of the entertainment industry”.
His future goals include “being a session player, or a “hired gun”. I live to perform, so I plan on touring and recording extensively. Building a reputation as a “go to drummer” is important to me, so that one day, if someone like Justin Timberlake needs a drummer, I’d like to be at the very least on the short list for such opportunities”.
Everyone at MI congratulates Christian on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to his studies. We look forward to seeing him reach his full potential while at MI.
Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, Evans Drumheads and The D’Addario Music Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Christian with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry. Evans has been a pioneer in drumhead design for over 50 years and is a committed supporter and advocate of music education.
To learn more about the full line of Evans Drumhead products click here.