Month: May 2015

Announcing The Angel City Arts Young Artist Competition- $1,000 Prize for LA Area Jazz Musicians between 16 & 22 years old



The Angel City Arts Young Artist Competition is an avenue for young jazz musicians in the Los Angeles area to create and collaborate with one another in an effort to expand upon the traditional concepts of jazz and improvisation. The competition gives young musicians the opportunity to have their original music heard and evaluated by working jazz professionals. The winning ensemble will be awarded a $1000 prize and will have the opportunity to perform a live set on Friday, September 25, 2015 at LACMA in a concert produced by the Angel City Jazz Festival. In addition UCSD Jazz Camp  will select one player from the finalists to receive a full scholarship to their 2016 Jazz Camp.

Four finalists will be announced on September 18, 2015. Selection emphasis for the four finalists will be placed on musicianship, composition, arranging skills, quality of improvised solos, group interaction, and uniqueness of sound.

The finalists will each perform a live set in front of a panel of judges on September 20, 2015, and the winner will be announced at the end of the event.


  • Artist Submissions: April 15 – September 15

  • Finalists Announced: September 18

  • Finalists Competition Concert: September 20

  • Competition Winner Concert: September 25

Competition Rules:

This competition is open to all high-school and college-aged student jazz ensembles in the greater Los Angeles Area. In order to qualify for the competition ensembles must:

  • be composed of musicians between the ages of 16 and 22 years old

  • have at least one member currently enrolled in a high school, college, music academy or university in the greater Los Angeles area

  • consist of between 3 and 10 members

  • compose, arrange and perform original music which features improvisation

  • be available to perform on Sunday, September 20th if selected as a finalist, and on Friday, September 25th at LACMA if selected as the winning ensemble


Interested artists must submit a package electronically between April 15, 2015 and September 15, 2015 by clicking the link below. Please enter the name of the ensemble in the title field of the submission form and include the following info in the cover letter:

  • the personnel performing on each submitted tune

  • a brief history of the ensemble

Also, please attach the following documents:

  • 3 tunes (mp3, mp4 or WAv)

  • 1 recommendation letter from a music instructor (pdf, doc, docx)

Submit Here

If you have any questions please send an email to:




Grammy U™ Professional Development Scholarships Awarded at Musicians Institute for Spring 2015!


We are extremely pleased to announce the ten recipients of the Grammy U™ Professional Development Scholarships at Musicians Institute for Spring 2015:

Brooke Brewer, Thokozile JR Dlamini, Kathleen Hostetler, Cody Matthew Johnson, Cheryce Knox, Jian Li, Ingmar Prinz, Leonard Goh Jia Shing, Line Sorensen, Weizhao Zhang.

The Grammy U™ Professional Development Scholarships are generously sponsored by The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, and are provided to encourage the professional growth of currently enrolled students in any Certificate, AA or Bachelor’s Program at Musicians Institute.

One scholarship per currently enrolled MI student applicant (ten total) was awarded (based on a written essay submission) in the form of a paid membership in The Recording Academy® GRAMMY U™ program, giving each awardee the opportunity to attend events and special programs in all areas of the music industry. As entry-level members of The Recording Academy®, the students will have access to the industry and its high level artists, songwriters, musicians, producers, remixers, art directors and executives, as well as fellow students from other LA area colleges.

Everyone at MI congratulates the winners of this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to our longtime community partner, The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students at Musicians Institute with the support, tools, recognition and professional development they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

B-MIC-Logo-Combined To learn more about the work of The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, click HERE.

GRAMMY U™ — “A program for college students pursuing music industry careers, created by the music community’s leading membership organization The Recording Academy®”

Two New Scholarships Announced at Musicians Institute!

Right now, you’re probably asking “so, what’s new”? How about two BRAND NEW scholarships at Musicians Institute that are sponsored by ESP Guitars?


Alex Skolnick with his signature ESP guitar

We are very excited to announce the ESP Alex Skolnick Guitar Scholarship which was created to assist advanced and stylistically diverse guitarists who demonstrate outstanding musicianship (in any genre) with their educational development. Scholarship award is $1,500 tuition credit at MI.


We’re equally excited to announce the Takamine Acoustic Guitar Scholarship which was created to assist acoustic guitarists who demonstrate outstanding musicianship (in any genre) with their educational development. Scholarship award is $1,500 tuition credit at MI and a new Takamine guitar.

Thank you to our longtime industry partner ESP Guitars for your support of music education!!




Jeanine DiTomasso Artistic Director L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs

Jeanine DiTomasso
Artistic Director
L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs

The Musicians Foundation is extremely pleased to provide sixteen brand new boxes of SONAR-X1-Producer and Studio by Cakewalk (DAW software) to the students of L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Program  (Literacy, Arts, Culture, Education and Recreation) and the Hollywood Arts Program@My Friend’s Place.

Heather Carmichael, LCSW Executive Director My Friends Place

Heather Carmichael, LCSW
Executive Director, My Friends Place

The top-of-the-line music software was generously donated by Roland Corporation to The Musicians Foundation.  In turn, the software will now be in the hands of the talented students enrolled in L.A.C.E.R. and the Hollywood Arts Programs enabling them record and edit digital audio, utilize soft synths, MIDI sequencing and more with professional level quality.

The L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Program’s Mission is to provide underserved middle and high school youth with an arts and literacy based after-school program which includes visual art, music, dance, film, academic support, enrichment activities and a variety of sports in a safe and caring environment. 

My Friend’s Place mission: assist and inspire homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives. My Friend’s Place has now partnered with Hollywood Arts to provide music, arts and entertainment industry education to Hollywood homeless youth.

Thank you to Roland Corporation for their support of music education and their exceptional partnership!