Month: November 2011

Winter Guitar Sidewalk Sale (from our scholarship sponsors Schecter, Seymour Duncan and Daisy Rock Guitars)!

Amazing deals on Saturday Dec. 10th, 10-3pm!

  • Extra discount for current MI students with ID card!
See flyer below for details

How Much Money Do Musicians Really Earn Online?

Because we are deeply involved in the music industry as supporters of music education scholarships, we feel that it is our duty to repost this information to share with all of our readers.

College level music students already face incredible economic challenges in paying back their student loans after graduation. This scenario is even more critical when the digital, online model for listening to music (subscription streaming services being a fast growing segment) does not pay them a fair share for their recorded efforts.

It’s shocking to learn that a musician would earn the US minimum wage of $1,160/month on Spotify only if they can get over 4 million streaming plays per month.

It’s more critical than ever (for those of us who can) to make a year-end tax-deductible donation to support music education scholarships.

Please read this article (originally posted by David McCandless on, and share it.


APRIL 13, 2010

Recently, the UK government passed The Digital Economy Act which included many, perhaps draconian, measures to combat online music piracy (including withdrawing broadband access for persistent pirates).

Much was proclaimed about how these new laws would protect musicians and artists revenue and livelihoods.

But how much money do musicians really get paid in this new digital marketplace?

This image is based on an excellent post at The Cynical Musician called The Paradise That Should Have Been about pitiful digital royalties. (Thanks to Neilon for pointing that out). I’ve taken his calculations and added a few more.

As ever, this was incredibly difficult to research. Industry figures are hard to get hold of. Some are even secret. Last.Fm’s royalty and payment system is beyond comprehension. (If you can explain it to me, please get in touch)

Note: these figures do not include publishing royalties (paid to composers of songs). The full spreadsheet of data does though. You can see all the numbers and sources here:


Cirque Du Soleil IRIS Student Ambassador Program at MI!

Jennifer Hertberg and Daniel Langdorf

On Nov. 15th, two lucky Musicians Institute Student Ambassadors: Daniel Langdorf- Drum and Music Business Program and Jennifer Hertberg- Bachelor’s Program in Vocal Performance and their Faculty advisor ( MI VP Beth Marlis) were recently treated to experience a performance of IRIS, the newest production from Cirque du Soleil at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. The students attended the performance as a part of the Cirque’s Student Ambassador Outreach Program for LA Area College and University students.

IRIS is a technologically advanced, creatively inspired, visually stunning and musically superb Cirque show that brings together dance, outrageous acrobatics, live video, filmed sequences and animation, taking the audience on a fantastic voyage through the history of cinema and its genres.

How perfect for Hollywood!

What we thought:

The show kept the students on the edge of their seat in delight and amazement as each vignette touched on the evolving film medium (and it’s play of shadow and light) in new ways with humor, intelligence, whimsical technology and fantastic creativity.  All of us were struck by the pitch perfect live audio production values and musicianship, extraordinary Danny Elfman score, the superb staging and gorgeous/outrageous choreography.

Having seen Cirque shows in the past we all agreed that IRIS is a quantum leap into the extraordinary, and was hands-down the best Cirque show we’d EVER seen.   After the show, the Ambassadors were treated to a special back-stage tour of the Kodak and we left the theater in awe….knowing we’d just experienced one of the greatest shows of our lives!

We can’t stop thinking about it!

To learn more about IRIS and Cirque du Soleil, and purchase tickets  click here

To watch some great video clips of the show– click here!

Hook, Lines and Sinkers: A Pop Lyric Writing Workshop Taught by MI Instructor Anika Paris at The Grammy Museum 12/6

Musicians Institute (MI), The MF and The Grammy Museum are proud to present the next class in the 2011-2012 series of MI-sponsored Grammy Museum Music Education classes for LA Unified School District high school students in the Museum’s intimate Clive Davis Theater.

Hook, Lines and Sinkers: A Pop Lyric Writing Workshop

Taught by MI Instructor Anika Paris

Tuesday Dec. 6th  Time: 11am – 12pm  Grades: 9-12

Interested in songwriting? In this workshop, students will learn the important steps of lyric writing; casting your song like a movie, how to create story lines and characters and how to add attitude to your metaphors, similes, rhythms and rhymes with exercises and examples.  Students should bring a pencil, paper and their imagination!

Anika Paris is an ASCAP award winning singer/songwriter and published songwriter with Universal Polygram and Warner Bros. Her songs are featured in several major motion pictures and major network TV series, on seven CD releases, and she has also performed onstage with many major artists including Stevie Wonder, et al.

She has been teaching Songwriting, Artist Development, Performance and Voice at MI since 2002.

To learn more about Anika, please visit her online at:

For 2011-2012, Musicians Institute is the exclusive music college partner of The Grammy Museum Education Program.
Musicians Institute has been a major sponsor of The Grammy Museum, since 2008.  The Musicians Foundation is a non-profit partner of the Grammy Museum.

To learn more about the Grammy MuseumClick here

For a complete list of The Grammy Museum’s Educational Course offerings for 2011-2012, Click here

PRS Guitar Performance Scholarship Awarded to Kyungmin Do

The Fall 2011 PRS Guitar Performance Scholarship has been awarded to MI Guitar Program student: Kyungmin Do. The South Korean native earned the award (and top votes from the judging panel) with an amazing pryotechnic show of his tapping skills and creative musicality on the MI Concert Hall Stage during the Nov. 10th contest event.

Describing his reasons for coming to MI, Kyungmin said, “What I felt during my first quarter here at Musicians Institute, was that I can go out into the WORLD from this school with the confidence that I CAN DO IT. My goal is to be the BEST guitar player in the world!”

Everyone at MI would like to congratulate Kyungmin on winning this prestigious award which includes a scholarship (tuition credit) and beautiful new PRS guitar.

To learn more about PRS Guitars and products, click here.

MI is proud to support our industry partner and scholarship sponsor: Paul Reed Smith Guitars

Kevin Hernandez Memorial Guitar Scholarship Awarded to Brennen Meeks

–       The Kevin Hernandez Memorial Guitar Scholarship, established to honor the memory and talent of aspiring musician Kevin Hernandez has been awarded to current Musicians Institute AA-Guitar student Brennen Meeks. 

Brennen, from Temecula, CA, won the award by demonstrating outstanding guitarmanship, musicality,  and stylistic versatility in a live performance contest in the MI Concert Hall.

–       Having already completed one year of studies at MI, Brennen acknowledges that “MI continues to give me the tools and opportunites I need to learn how to make it in the music business everyday from some of the greatest players in the world. The knowledge, experience, and confidence I have gained already is invaluable”.  In light of winning this prestigious scholarship award, Brennen states “I am truly honored and thankful to be given this award to continue my musical career and education, and I hope to honor Kevin’s memory as best as I can”.

Everyone at MI congratulates Brennen on this tremendous achievement!

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation (HCCCF) Vocal Scholarships Announced

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation (HCCCF) Vocal Scholarships

The HCCCF Vocal Scholarships are generously sponsored by The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, and are provided to encourage and support the educational success of new students enrolled in the Vocal Program at Musicians Institute.

The twelve scholarships will be awarded in Spring 2012 to new students (US or non-US citizens) enrolling in the Associate of Arts in Performance (Vocal) program at MI who enter with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 (or better) and can clearly articulate their goals as a vocalist in a written 250 word essay.

One Complete Vocal Program Equipment Package per Awardee:

  • Sennheiser e835 Microphone
  • Sennheiser HD201 Headphones
  • 20 Ft. Male to Female XLR Cable with XLR to 1/4″ Adapter


The deadline for the scholarship application is Feb. 24, 2012.

For complete information, and application form: please click HERE

W. Crane Guy Memorial Vocal Scholarship Announced

The W. Crane Guy Memorial Vocal Scholarship was created to honor the memory, multiple talents and artistic career of Musicians Institute alumnus W. Crane Guy (class of 2010); and is provided to encourage and support the educational growth of a newly enrolling MI Vocal Program student.

The $2,000 scholarship will be awarded in Spring 2012 to a new student (US or non-US citizens) enrolling in the Associate of Arts in Performance (Vocal) program at MI who demonstrates overall outstanding musicianship, and the potential for developing their own unique voice in any style.

Preference will be given to veterans, but this is not required for eligibility.

The deadline for the scholarship application is Feb. 24, 2012.

For complete information, and application form: please click HERE

“The Wrecking Crew” to be Shown at MI 1977-1994 Alumni/Staff Reunion March 23-24, 2012

Part of The Wrecking Crew: (l. to rt.) Howard Roberts Gtr, Tommy Tedesco Gtr, Al DeLory Piano, Ray Pohlman Gtr, Lyle Ritz Bass.

The Wrecking Crew is a documentary film about the infamous group of studio musicians of the same name. These musicians backed dozens of popular musicians in the studio during the 1960’s and have been considered one of the most successful groups of studio musicians in music history. As recording moved from its traditional home in New York, London and Detroit to the West Coast, these musicians answered the call and filled the demand for studio musicians on some of the most legendary recordings of the 20th century.

Musicians Institute owes much to two members of “The Wrecking Crew,” Tommy Tedesco and Howard Roberts, who were founders of the original Guitar Institute of Technology the first entity of Musicians Institute. The Wrecking Crew celebrates the history of these hard working musicians and MI is happy to host a screening of this fantastic documentary at it’s upcoming alumni reunion in March 2012.

All proceeds from the MI Alumni Reunion event will benefit The Musicians Foundation for student scholarships at MI.  

For full details and to REGISTER for the Reunion event (designed for MI alumni and staff from the years 1977-1994),


The Chairman of the Board— Dan Kimpel

Hollywood, October 28th:  The Musicians Foundation held it’s annual Board of Directors Meeting, and we are extremely pleased to announce that Dan Kimpel will be serving a one year term as Chairman from Nov. 1st 2011- 2012.  Congratulations Dan!

About Dan:

Acknowledged as an authority on popular music, Dan Kimpel contributes to a dizzying variety of print and electronic media, including books, interactive CDs, magazines, websites and videos. He is the author of the best-seller Networking in the Music Business,Networking Strategies for the New Music Business and, most recently, How They Made It: True Stories of How Music’s Biggest Stars Went from Start to Stardom (Hal Leonard Publishing). For five years, Dan conducted weeklong master seminars at Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) in the U.K. Stateside, he lectures at colleges, universities and conferences across the U.S. and Canada. At Musicians Institute, Dan teaches a course in Music Business Networking , conducts personal career counseling and a series of courses on behalf of MI for LAUSD High School students at The Grammy Museum.