About The Musicians Foundation


Who we are -Scholarships Change Lives 


The Musicians Foundation (a non-profit 501(c)3 organization established in 2004) is primarily dedicated to providing scholarships to talented and/or financially challenged students at Musicians Institute (MI) College of Contemporary Music– in order to help them achieve their educational goals. We have awarded over $650,000 in scholarships since 2004, as well as music gear and music software donations to nationally accredited schools in the Hollywood area.

We also support and fund several opportunities and resources for music education in the Los Angeles area, most notably our ongoing class series for LAUSD students at The Grammy Museum.  We do not accept unsolicited requests for grants at this time.

Donations to the Musicians Foundation are fully tax-deductible and 100% of all funds received are applied directly to student scholarships and music education classes. To make a donation to our scholarship fund, please visit: HERE     

Our Federal Tax ID # is: 20-1799730

Our website: https://www.themusiciansfoundation.org



Our Mission

The mission of The Musicians Foundation is to support contemporary music students in the Los Angeles area who exhibit talent and/or are financially challenged to help them achieve their educational goals at the college level.  The foundation engages in (and sponsors) the creation, development, administration and funding of post-secondary music education scholarships as well as fostering relationships, building partnerships, expanding public awareness, and providing educational opportunities in support of post-secondary music education.

Board of Directors 2022-2024

BOARD CHAIR  Hunter Scott   Head of Marketing & Publicity @TREND. Established LaFamos- a full-service PR firm in 2008. Head of Brand Development for High Q Digital,  Public speaker, panelist.


Andrea Bari, JD  Expert adviser in intellectual property rights, music publishing contracts, business law.  Researcher for the UN Special Rapporteur in Cultural Rights. Law and Business professor at Musicians Institute. 

Dan Kimpel Red Leopard Musicians Foundation

Dan Kimpel  Author, educator, music journalist & contributor of feature stories and interviews to a variety of media (magazines, podcasts, websites, TV, documentary films) spanning the entertainment spectrum.  Author of six best-selling books about the music industry. Teacher of master classes at Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA).  Lecturer at colleges, universities, conferences, & award-winning member of the Musicians Institute faculty for 12 years.

Anika Paris  CEO Alaya Productions; WB Composer, Songwriter, Author, Educator in Artist Development

Steve Sherr  Independent music executive. Former music marketing executive at Disney Music, Universal Music Group, Interscope Records, MCA Records, Hollywood Records, Former Artist Management at The Artists Organization.


Maiya Sykes is a classically trained vocalist, songwriter , producer, vocal contractor, arranger and vocal educator currently living in Los Angeles. She is a proud graduate of Yale University and Musicians Institute. Credits include Dolomite is My Name, LaLa Land, Dumplin, Macy Gray, Jim James, Tori Kelly, The Voice (Season 7), Postmodern Juxebox



Beth Marlis (Foundation Executive Director), Vice President at Musicians Institute, musician, educator, author, Chair Emeritus of Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

Kathleen Clark (Foundation Secretary), Professional Photographer. Former Director and Partner in SPOT Photo Works, and Clark | Oshin Gallery LA. Longtime Photo Director of Los Angeles Magazine and LA Weekly 

Kyle Denne, (Foundation Treasurer), Accounting Manager at Musicians Institute

Honorary Board

Stanley Clarke Legendary Musician, composer, producer, philanthropist. – Honorary Board Member Emeritus

Sheila E. Legendary Musician, composer, producer, philanthropist

Advisory Board

IMM. PAST BOARD CHAIRJames Leach Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations SESAC

Jon Levy   Publisher | Premier Guitar magazine, highly experienced in media, marketing and music, musician

Michael Molenda President, West Coast A&R Rock and International A&R Guitar at Mi5 Recordings/Universal Music Group, Editor in Chief Emeritus | Guitar Player Magazine, musician, studio owner, producer

Alex Skolnick Highly respected metal and jazz guitarist, writer

Paul Youngblood Director of Product Marketing at Tascam, Vice President of Cherub/NU>X


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