Month: May 2013

The Dr. E.P. Scarlett Keyboard Scholarship at Musicians Institute is Announced!

Dr. EP Scarlett

Dr. Earle Parkhill Scarlett


The Musicians Foundation and Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music are proud to announce the first-ever Dr. E.P. Scarlett Keyboard Scholarship at MI.

The $1,000 scholarship (tuition credit) will be awarded in Fall 2013 to a newly enrolling student (US or non-US citizens) in the Associate of Arts in Performance (Keyboard) Program at MI who demonstrates outstanding musicianship on the instrument in any style or genre.

The scholarship is named in honor of the late Dr. Earle Parkhill Scarlett, a Canadian physician, educator, scholar, musicologist, prolific writer and former Chancellor of the University of Alberta.

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is August 30, 2013.

Please click here for detailed scholarship information and application.



Ross Bolton Tribute Concert Fundraiser w/ Very Special Surprise Guests: June 13th, 8pm at Musicians Institute Concert Hall


Ross Bolton Tribute Concert Fundraiser

Let’s Funk it Up for Ross!

Thursday June 13th, 8pm-10pm


MI All Star Faculty Band

Daniel Gilbert, Scott Henderson, Scott Parker, Pathik Desai, Dave Hill, Jude Gold  Guitar

Masta  Vocals

Christian Klikovits Keyboards

Alexis Sklarevski, George Lopez Bass

Gary Hess Drums

MI Gospel Choir

With Very Special Guests

Special Guests, Saxophone

Adam Hawley, Special Guest  Guitar

Philippe Saisse, Rodney Lee  Keyboards

Darryl Williams, Oskar Cartaya  Bass

Eric Valentine  Drums

Please join us in celebrating the legacy and immense talents of Ross Bolton–respected, admired, emulated for 27 years as a beloved member of the Musicians Institute Guitar faculty as its resident Funk guitar specialist.  Ross passed away earlier this year from cancer, this fundraiser will raise funds for his wife and two young children, and seeks to set up a scholarship fund in his name at MI.

Ross was a longtime member of Al Jarreau’s band, performer with Euge Groove, Dave Koz, “Jimmy Kimmel Show” band, Shelia E, and many others.

The evening features performances from an MI All Star Faculty Band, several guest stars, as well as a special video tribute.

Special Suprise Guests!

Special Suprise Guests!

Be sure to bid on special silent auction items from Yamaha including:

Dave Garibaldi Piccolo Snare, handsigned by Dave Garibaldi!

Dave Garibaldi Piccolo Snare, handsigned by Dave Garibaldi!


Two RBX Basses Handsigned by Billy Sheehan et al

Two RBX Basses handsigned by Billy Sheehan & Abe Laboriel


  • Tickets are $15 available at the door

(online advance sales have now closed)


Festival seating

Box Office opens one hour before the show (7pm).

MI student tickets are $5 with proper ID at the door, we strongly encourage MI students to make the $5 donation (or more)– but no MI student will be turned away due to lack of funds.

A portion of the event proceeds will also be directly donated to the Ross Bolton Funk Guitar Scholarship fund at Musicians Institute.

We encourage additional TAX DEDUCTIBLE donations for the Ross Bolton fund to be made at the door, via cash, check or credit card  — or by clicking here.

(Please state that the donation should be allocated for Ross Bolton Scholarship fund under “Program” notes). 


The MI Concert Hall entrance is located at: 1655 N. McCadden Place in Hollywood; at the corner of McCadden and Hawthorn.


Parking is available nearby in paid public lots on McCadden Place, Hawthorn or one block away on Selma Ave. Limited street parking is available.

Local Parking Map for MI



GHS Strings Sponsors Bass Scholarship at Musicians Institute!


The Musicians Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of an exciting new scholarship to be awarded to a newly enrolling student in the Bass Program at Musicians Institute for Fall 2013.

The winner of the GHS Strings Bass Scholarship should be able to express outstanding tone/sound and musicianship. The scholarship award of $1,000 will be applied as a tuition discount for the Fall 2013 quarter.

  • For complete scholarship details, and scholarship application, click HERE.

 The scholarship is generously sponsored by GHS Strings. To learn more about the full range of GHS strings, accessories, artists and news click HERE.


This Saturday: Anthony Wilson Seasons Guitar Quartet at MI 5/25, 8pm :: Wilson/Koonse Lage/Pinheiro ::



Musicians Institute Mayhem Independent Artist Scholarship Opportunity! Deadline to apply: June 1st


We’d like to share a great scholarship opportunity at Musicians Institute– full tuition for a 6 month Independent Artist Program! Hurry, the deadline to apply is June 1st!

Musicians Institute Mayhem Independent Artist Scholarship

Musicians Institute has partnered with Mayhem Festival to create the Rockstar Mayhem Independent Artist Scholarship as well as sponsor a stage on the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour.

The scholarship is available to anyone with a high school diploma (or equivalent) who is not currently enrolled at Musicians Institute. The scholarship award fully covers tuition and material fees for a two-quarter (approx. 6 month) Independent Artist Program at MI,  (room, board and travel are not included).

The scholarship application period closes on June 1, 2013.  Applicants must visit to enter to win.  One applicant will be picked each week for the duration of the contest; one winner will be chosen by a jury of Musicians Institute instructors and announced on the last date of the tour.

Bands Featured on MI’s Festival stage:

Children of Bodom



Born of Osiris

Motionless in White

Thrown into Exile

Go here to see the full tour lineup:

MI we are music v2

Quincy Jones Presents Emily Bear at Musicians Institute – 5/8/13 – Brief Review


The legendary Q was in the house at Musicians Institute this week, as he presented the astonishingly talented 11 year old piano prodigy and composer Emily Bear as a part of the long-running Jazz Bakery Moveable Feast at MI concert series.  The concert was billed as the “LA area CD release party” for Emily’s new release “Diversity”–which was produced by Quincy on Concord/Qwest Records.

The excitement and celebratory spirit of the evening was electric from the moment Emily and her band took the stage until the very last note of a 60 minute set (for the audience of 300+) that showcased Emily’s talent which Quincy described as: “the ability to seamlessly move from Classical to Jazz and Be-Bop, she’s astounding, man … she’s astounding.  She plays like she’s 40 years old…  there are no limits to the musical heights she can reach”.

Emily was accompanied by Peter Slavov (Bass), and Kevin Kanner (Drums), and Zuill Bailey (Cello) beautifully displaying her creative versatility as a composer, stunning melodic deftness and spectacular piano skills.

…we can’t wait to see what the future holds for this very bright light!

Visit Emily online HERE