Month: October 2010

GrammyU at Musicians Institute

On October 11, MI and The MF played host to LA area GrammyU members (The Recording Academy/NARAS college student organization) performances at “The Passage” on Hollywood Blvd.  It was a night filled with unforgettable musical performances for GRAMMY U’s Back to School Open Mic Night event.

NARAS LA Chapter Governors Mindi Abair, Claudia Brant, Sebastian Krys, and Steven Miller served as performance advisors, and gave inspiring performance critiques and invaluable career advice to the five talented GRAMMY U performers: Sarah Ames (USC), Amber Navran (USC), Daniel Shaw (MI alumni & UCLA-Ext), Eleri Jane (Conservatory of Performing Arts), and Brooke Williams (Santa Monica College).

We look forward to supporting this great GrammyU event again in 2011!

To learn more about GrammyU, their great industry opportunities for members, and how you can join: contact them at

To learn more about The Recording Academy and NARAS, click:

Kyle Eastwood Band: Nov. 20 The Jazz Bakery @Musicians Institute Series


The Kyle Eastwood Band


Musicians Institute Concert Hall

Stunning electric bass talent, Kyle Eastwood brings his quintet to MI for two shows, 8 & 9:30. He’s composed or arranged film scores including Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Flags Of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, Gran Torino, and Invictus.  Kyle is the son of film actor/director Clint Eastwood.



Box office opens 7:00pm.  Two shows 8:00 and 9:30pm Tickets: $25 Student Rush – (21 and Under with ID) – $15 @showtime

MF Announces Board of Directors for 2010-2012!

The Musicians Foundation is pleased to announce it’s Board of Directors for 2010-2012. We are extremely honored, proud and grateful to have such an extraordinary group of music industry luminaries serving as supporters and partners in our commitment to music education.

Stanley Clarke, Legendary Musician, composer, producer, philanthropist

Sheila E., Legendary Musician, composer, producer, philanthropist

Michael Molenda, Editor in Chief | Guitar Player Magazine, musician, studio owner, producer  (shown here with Les Paul)

Dan Kimpel, Music Industry authority, author, educator, producer, musician, songwriter, consultant

Tak Sakimoto, (Foundation secretary), VP at Musicians Institute
Ben Bacon, (Chief Accounting Officer), Director of Accounting at Musicians Institute
Beth Marlis, (Foundation Executive Director), VP at Musicians Institute, musician, educator, author

New Scholarship Opportunity from Stanley Clarke and MI!!

Please visit to watch the video of Stanley, and get more information:

Musicians Institute - College of Contemporary Music
Stanley Clarke Scholarship at Musicians Institute |
Talented high school seniors are invited to apply and submit their DVDs for the prestigious Stanley Clarke Scholarship at Musicians Institute. Stanley is looking for the best, brightest and most talented young musicians in Southern California! This scholarship will be awarded on the basis of musical talent, performing ability, stage presence, musicianship and charisma in any style or genre of music. 

Scholarship Awards:

TWO talented winners will get a cash prize of $6,000 each plus a $6,000 matching scholarship (tuition discount) from MI ($1,000 per quarter over 6 quarters). Total award= $12,000 per winner. THREE runners-up will get a free 6-day MI Summer Shot session in June 2011, applicable to any program.

How to apply for the Scholarship:

Application is limited to currently enrolled high school seniors in the LA (LAUSD), Ventura, Orange (OCUSD), Riverside and San Bernardino (SBUSD) counties, who will be enrolling in Musicians Institute AA performance (guitar, bass, drums, vocal, keyboard) programs in Fall 2011 or Spring 2012.

Application Deadline:

Deadline for all submissions is Dec. 10, 2010. The TOP FIVE Finalists will be notified by 5pm, Dec.17, 2010. The top five finalists will play in the Final Performance Event at the Musicians Institute Concert Hall on the evening of Jan. 8, 2011. Winners will be chosen at the January 8th, 2011 Final Performance Event by Stanley Clarke and panel of music industry celebrity judges. Each performer will perform 2 songs (one with their own band or tracks, and one solo -or a cappella-piece) at the Finals Performance Event.

download the 2011 Stanley Clarke
Scholarship Application Form

Viewing the PDF will require the Adobe Reader

To download:
Windows (right-click, save as),
Mac (Cmd-click, save as)

All materials must be submitted in
a complete package and mailed via
US Postal Service to:

Musicians Institute
Scholarship Department
6752 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028

Incomplete or late packages will not be
accepted or returned.
Scholarship awards are non-transferable.


Marky Ramone Drum Scholarship Concert @MI Raises $7,000

Marky Ramone performs at the fundraising concert on October 8th, and shows us “how it’s done” as he rocks the Musicians Institute Concert Hall for 31 Ramones songs.

Michale Graves (The Misfits) airborne!

Left to right: Mike Stone (ex-Queensryche, Peter Criss)-Musical Director for the show: Michale Graves, Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning).

Marky Ramone, punk legend.

Michale with James LoMenzo (Megadeth/ Black Label Society)

James lets the audience know how he really feels…hey ho, let’s go!

Mike Stone and James.

Lemmy (Motörhead) and Marky lock in….1,2,3,4!

Marko DeSantis (Sugarcult)

Best Hair winner: Wayne Static (Static-X)

Billy Close (The Freeze) and Marky.

Todd Morse (The Offspring)

All Ramones, all night.

James, Marky, Lemmy, Joey –rock legends, after the show.

After playing an amazing show, everybody posed for Madame Tussand’s punk wax figure exhibit. Left to right: Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), Andy Hilfiger, Michale Graves, James Lomenzo, Marky Ramone, Lemmy Kilmister, Mike Stone, Joey Vera, Wayne Static.


KNBC News airs spot about Marky Ramone Scholarship Concert!

KNBC airs spot about Marky Ramone Scholarship Concert!

Black Label Society & Megadeth Bassist Replaces Billy Sheehan at Ramones Show

LATE NEWS: Lineup change and more added performers for Marky Ramone Concert at MI 10/8!

James LoMenzo (former Megadeth/ Black Label Society bassist) will take the slot of Billy Sheehan. Sheehan regrets that he must pull out due to unforeseen commitments in Europe and sends his apologies to all. ADDED: Todd Morse guitarist (The Offspring), and Billy Close is punk-bass extraordinaire and is a founding member of The Freeze, and Klover (Mercury Records).


Quincy Jones presents The Alfredo Rodriguez Trio at MI

The legendary Q was in the house at MI last night, as he presented the astonishingly talented 24 year old piano virtuoso Alfredo Rodriguez as a part of the long-running Jazz Bakery Moveable Feast at MI concert series.

The excitement in the audience of 200 never stopped building from the moment Alfredo and band took the stage until the very last note of a 90 minute set that showcased the what Quincy called “one of the greatest musicians I have ever heard”.

Accompanied by the prodigious Peter Slavov (B), and Fransisco Mela (D), the trio created endlessly inventive rhythmic interplay, gorgeous melodic flavors and a real feeling of the joy of “creation in the moment”.

Visit Alfredo online at