Month: December 2012

Our Amazing Year in Review

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Happy Holidays! 

With 2012 quickly coming to an end, we would like to thank all of our supporters and highlight some of the projects The Musicians Foundation has completed this year as we’ve grown into a vital force for contemporary music education!

From all of us at The Musicians Foundation, we want to wish you and yours a very happy and healthy holiday season and a prosperous, musical new year!



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Total scholarship donations received:

2011:     $44,000

2012:     $75,188


We’re grateful to all of our scholarship sponsors (listed below)


Total scholarships awarded:

2011:   $37,744

2012:   $79,422


Total blog views:

2011: 14,257

2012: 26,369


Avg. blog views per day:

2011: 39

2012: 73


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Selected 2012 Highlights: 

October 2012: Our Board of Directors: The Musicians Foundation is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for 2012-2014.

We are proud to announce the expansion of our Board of Directors that includes an extraordinary group of music industry luminaries serving as partners in our commitment to music education.

Stanley Clarke

Stanley Clarke

*Stanley Clarke Legendary Musician, composer, producer, philanthropist

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Sheila e

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

Dan Kimpel

Dan Kimpel

*Dan Kimpel (Board Chairman), Music Industry authority, author, educator, producer, musician, songwriter, consultant

James Leach

James Leach

*James Leach Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations SESAC

Michael Molenda

Michael Molenda

*Michael Molenda Editor in Chief | Guitar Player Magazine, musician, studio owner, producer

Casey Robison

Casey Robison

*Casey Robison Vice  President of Publishing, Big Deal Music

Alex Skolnick

Alex Skolnick

*Alex Skolnick Highly respected metal and jazz guitarist, writer

Jody Watley

Jody Watley

*Jody Watley Grammy winning vocalist, songwriter, producer

Paul Youngblood (lt), 3rd place winner BOSS Loop US Finals Tony Smiley, and Michael Molenda (rt)

Paul Youngblood (lt), 3rd place winner BOSS Loop US Finals Tony Smiley, and Michael Molenda (rt)

*Paul Youngblood  Vice President Roland Corp., US


October 2012:  The Musicians Foundation and Musicians Institute are proud to announce the first-ever Hard Rock Cafe/Hollywood High School Scholarship at MI for 2013, created thru the generous support of The Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood to provide opportunities for a talented, emerging Hollywood High School student to further their education, realize their own creative vision, and to support post-secondary music industry education in the Hollywood community. This is an exciting new partnership between the two Hollywood schools and the Hard Rock!


September 2012: The Musicians Foundation expanded its ongoing support of Grammy Museum music classes for LAUSD students during 2012.

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July 2012: The Foundation’s scholarships now span all of MI’s various programs for the first time.


March 2012: The Musicians Institute 1977-1994 Alumni/Staff Reunion raised $30,000 towards Musicians Foundation-managed student scholarships as 350 alumni and staff traveled from all over the world to attend the special two day event. The celebration was truly an expression of the talent, dedication, and passion of MI’s alumni, staff and faculty; who have continued the school’s extraordinary legacy of the past 35 years into the present day.


Henry McDaniel

Henry McDaniel

Spring 2012: Stanley Clarke Scholarship winner, drummer Henry McDaniel gets touring gig with the Stanley Clarke/George Duke band!


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Two exciting new artist-sponsored scholarships were created in 2012.

We’d like to thank our sustaining (and new) scholarship sponsors for 2012:













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Please remember that you can make a difference with your tax-deductible donation before year-end!!


Enjoy this brief video recap of the 1977-1994 MI Alumni/Staff Reunion, see you in 2013!


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~ Beth Marlis, Executive Director

MI/MF Sponsored Class at The Grammy Museum: World Beat Rhythms (WBR)

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The Grammy Museum, Tuesday, Dec. 11th– 150 third graders from Wonderland School were treated to a fantastic hands-on class in world rhythms taught by World Beat Rhythms (WBR) co-founders and drum/percussion clinicians (MI instructor) Ed Roscetti, and (former MI instructor) Maria Martinez.  

They were accompanied by (MI instructor) Justin Apergis on bass and Nick Adams on percussion.

Ed Roscetti with Students

Ed Roscetti with Students

The energized and excited students learned about the lineage and sounds of various types of drums and percussion, call and response, and musical styles from West African music, Brazilian Samba, American funk, Cuban music and more.

The inspired students were invited on stage to experience the power of rhythm first hand…the result was “wow”!



Ed and Maria with Students

In addition to Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation, the event was co-sponsored by: Drum Workshop, Remo, Hal Leonard Publications, Latin Percussion, Regal Tip.


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