Month: July 2010

Will You Help us to Support Music Education?

Calling all Alumni!

All of us at MI are very proud of our successful graduates over the 30+ years that we’ve been teaching the world to make great music.  You are part of an elite and unique legacy of graduates of Musicians Institute, who have fulfilled the creative vision of our founder Howard Roberts, while pursuing your own dreams and careers.

We want to inspire future generations of students to aspire to your level of artistic and professional success, and we would like to personally invite you to be a part of the MI legacy in a new way.

Will you help us to support music education?

We’re asking you to help by making a donation to The Musicians Foundation Scholarship Fund for MI student scholarships.  Even a small donation (from $10 and up) is tax-deductible, and would greatly help a talented, but struggling MI student!!!

Please visit:  Musicians Foundation

MI and The Musicians Foundation Support Hollywood Arts Performers

On Wednesday, July 14, Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation, in collaboration with the non-profit Hollywood Arts Foundation, sponsored an evening of vocal performances by aspiring artists at MI’s Green Room Café on Hollywood Boulevard.

The event showcased ten talented and enthusiastic Hollywood Arts-trained vocalists making their public debut before a highly supportive audience of fellow students, staff and friends. Each singer performed to tracks, demonstrating the results of vocal technique and performance training provided by Hollywood Arts alongside classes in Music Theory and Digital Music Production.

The Hollywood Arts Foundation provides free classes in arts, music and media to young adults aged 18 to 24 who are homeless, transitioning out of foster care, or separated from low-functioning or abusive families. Dedicated to education and empowerment through the arts, the foundation helps high-risk young people improve their self-esteem, develop thinking skills, master educational concepts and receive job-readiness training.

To learn more about Hollywood Arts, and their full range of classes in Urban Arts, Entertainment Arts, Job-Readiness Assistance, and Work-Based Mentorship Programs, visit their website at

Sheila E. -Musical Icon, Philanthropist, Role Model

Sheila E. Holds Elevate Hope Fundraiser

On July 25, internationally-renowned pop star, Latin-jazz percussionist, and recent MI Honorary Doctorate recipient Sheila E presided over a star-studded fund-raising event benefiting the Elevate Hope Foundation.

The event featured intimate live performances by Sheila E. & pop songstress Katharine McPhee (with MI instructor Brian Allen on bass).  Twenty lucky MI students, along with MI VP and Musicians Foundation Director Beth Marlis, attended the event courtesy of VIP tickets provided by Ms. Escovedo. The Musicians Foundation and Elevate Hope are developing plans for possible future collaborations.

Co-founded in 2001 by Escovedo and business manager Lynn Mabry, the Elevate Hope Foundation (EHF) funds special services and programs that provide abused and abandoned children with alternative therapy through music and the arts. EHF exclusively supports the Vista Del Mar Arts Enrichment Program in West Los Angeles, which serves both severely emotionally disturbed youth and children with autism spectrum disorder and other pervasive developmental disorders. Vista Del Mar’s Arts Enrichment Program provides creative, experiential classes in acting, dance, voice, art, drumming, design, music recording, song writing, choir, and photography.

Click here to learn more about Elevate Hope Foundation.