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 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 2017-2019

Chaka Blackmon  Songwriter, Producer, Musician, vocalist/rapper performer, Celebrity Status Entertainment CEO/President

Ivory Daniel  Entrepreneur, and founder Regime Management, The Empire Agency, and many others. Latin Percussionist

Sheila E. Legendary Musician, composer, producer, philanthropist

Dan Kimpel  Music Industry authority, author, educator, producer, musician, songwriter, consultant

Suzan Koç  Music publisher, educator, songwriting mentor, former VP at BMG; Hit&Run music and Warner Chappell Music France

James Leach (Board Chairman) 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

Hunter Scott  Established LaFamos- a full-service PR firm in 2008. Head of Brand Development for High Q Digital,  Public speaker, panelist

Alex Skolnick Highly respected metal and jazz guitarist, writer

Ellen Truley  Music Business Brand Strategist I Corporate Marketing I Partnership Integration I Digital Marketer I Entertainment Relations

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

Honorary Board

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



Beth Marlis (Foundation Executive Director), Vice President at Musicians Institute, musician, educator, author 

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




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