About The Musicians Foundation

Who we are

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 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.

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 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

*Stanley Clarke Legendary Musician, composer, producer, philanthropist

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

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

*James Leach Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations SESAC

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

*Alex Skolnick Highly respected metal and jazz guitarist, writer

*Jody Watley Grammy winning vocalist, songwriter, producer

*Paul Youngblood  Vice President Fender, USA


*Beth Marlis, (Foundation Executive Director), VP at Musicians Institute, musician, educator, author 

*Monica Mancillas, (Foundation Secretary),President, MOLA Music, Education Consultant AFI Conservatory 

Vuong Tran, (Chief Accounting Officer), Accountant at Musicians Institute



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