Congratulations to Mathilda Fritzell, who has been named as winner of the first-ever Ross Bolton Memorial Funk Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute!
The Swedish native came to MI’s Guitar Program in October 2013 already in possession of a versatile array of guitar playing skills in classic rock music, blues, funk and fusion styles. She chose to study at MI “because I hope to grow as a musician as well as get better with my technique and versatility, connect with a lot of great musicians here and enjoy all the opportunities to play, play, play”!!
It’s clear that Mathilda is doing exactly that, and we look forward to seeing her enjoy all that MI has to offer!
The Ross Bolton Memorial Funk Guitar Scholarship was created to honor the memory, exceptional talent and artistic career of longtime MI Guitar Program (GIT) faculty (1986-2013) and alumni (MI class of 1980) Ross Bolton; and is provided to encourage and support the educational growth of a currently enrolled Guitar Program student.
Are YOU ready?!?
Be prepared when emergency hits, for yourself and for our community!
You are cordially invited to a free community EMERGENCY and DISASTER RESPONSE Training course.
The LA Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in many emergency situations.
All members of the Hollywood community, businesses, residents, students and stakeholders are encouraged to participate in this EMERGENCY DISASTER training course, which is free of charge.
(CERT) Community Emergency Response Team Training
Every Tuesday Evening, for seven consecutive weeks
Beginning March 4th – April 15th from 7-9:30pm
Musicians Institute Concert Hall
1655 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood (corner of Hawthorn). Street & nearby paid parking is available.
What to expect:
Class 1 – Earthquake Awareness
Class 2 – Disaster Fire Suppression Techniques
Class 3 – Disaster Medical Operations (Session 1)
Class 4 – Disaster Medical Operations (Session 2)
Class 5 – Light Search and Rescue Operations
Class 6 – Team Organization and Disaster Psychology
Class 7 – Terrorism and Homeland Defense
REGISTRATION: RSVP required to Michael Phifer at firstname.lastname@example.org before the deadline date of 02/21/2014. Registrants should make a full commitment to participate in ALL class sessions throughout the entire program length.
Community Emergency Response Team Unit, LAFD Disaster Preparedness Section
For more information about the “CERT” program please visit: http://www.cert-la.com/
The Musicians Foundation Exec. Director Beth Marlis will be on hand helping to support the Musicians Institute Alumni NAMM Show Meet-up on Friday Jan. 25th at 2:30-2:45pm in the Grand Plaza.
The meet-up will feature tons of cool giveaways for MI alumni and a chance to network with your fellow alums at the show!! Step outside of the convention center, rest your ears, get some fresh air, see old friends and say hello to us!!
Weather forecast= another perfect California day!
By the way, we’re proud to announce that our very own Ms. Marlis will also be honored at NAMM on Jan. 25th with a “She Rocks” award!
Happy Holidays and New Year!
OUR MUSIC is OUR FUTURE
As 2013 comes to a close, (and we’re about to celebrate our 10th anniversary next year)…I’m reminded on a daily basis of all the ways that the students of Musicians Institute and our Grammy Museum Programs rely on the support of those who understand the power of music education and the important role it plays in our lives.
Personal donations, sponsored music industry scholarships, alumni donors and friends like YOU can make professional, college level music education possible for many deserving and talented students. We’ve awarded over $250,000 in scholarships since 2004, and over $73,000 in scholarships to 44 students during 2013.
If you haven’t yet made a contribution to our scholarship fund, I invite you to join us by making a tax-deductible donation NOW to the Musicians Institute Student Scholarship fund administered by The Musicians Foundation.
Click here to donate:
Together, we can accomplish the extraordinary, and make a lasting investment in our future, our culture, and ourselves.
Beth Marlis, Executive Director, The Musicians Foundation
We are extremely excited and proud to present the first in a series of posts written by our extraordinary Board of Directors for The Musicians Foundation.
We’ve asked Jody to share her very unique perspective and words of wisdom on being an artist in our ever-changing industry. Enjoy!
7 Effective Tips for Musicians and Aspiring Artists
by Jody Watley
Being an artist for decades, I continue to learn, grown and evolve. The process never ends and it keeps me from becoming jaded or bored.
There are different levels of artistry and musicianship from the; hobby, casual, local, independent to the aspiring superstar. There is no “one size fits all” for any musician or artist. What worked for someone else might not work for you. You have to find what works for you every step of the way – remember it’s your journey. Be fearless, know and define yourself. If you allow others to do it – you’ll be trapped in their box and definition and not the one you created.
1. Be Prepared.
Be prepared to work hard, for opportunities that you will have to create for yourself as well as be prepared when they present themselves. Be prepared to be professional remembering a first impression can be a lasting one. Be prepared to wear multiple hats and never assume (even with a manager) that anyone will look out for you more than you will for yourself.
2. Be Flexible.
Have your goals and plans in place so you have some sort of navigation on what and where you’re going in your field.
3. Build Relationships.
Don’t burn bridges – it’s a large industry but a small business. People move around and you never know how paths will cross. Build a good reputation and goodwill that can last throughout your career. Be punctual, professional and never spam a contacts inbox with unsolicited mailing lists. Establishing relationships takes time.
4. Research, Read and Be Responsible.
Learn about the business in your chosen field and stay current on laws, copyright, publishing, new services for artists, writers and musicians, branding, effective marketing and promotion in all areas. Read books and blogs where you can learn about building a fan base, effective social media practices, live concerts, selling merchandise and beyond. It’s a never ending process. Read and understand your agreements, even when seeking legal counsel. There is no failure unless you never try.
5. Invest in Yourself.
You will have to spend money; be it for a professional bio, public relations person, graphic design, merchandise, etc. Budget and plan.
6. Consistent Imaging.
It’s important to have continuity in all that you do, as it represents you and what impression you’re giving fans, colleagues and industry professionals.
7. Be patient.
Nothing worthwhile happens overnight. Expect obstacles, turn them into stepping stones. Believe in yourself when it may feel like you’re the only one. Keep pushing forward and always be your own biggest critic – this will keep you from becoming complacent.
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