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Stanley Clarke Scholarship Finals Event Video

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Congrats to all five winners of the 15th Annual Stanley Clarke Scholarship Finals Concert, @Live House Hollywood, Feb. 23, 2019! $24,000 in scholarships was awarded to five very talented Musicians Institute students.

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Judges perform four songs
Finalists perform starting at: 40:25
Winners Announced: 1.51.:30
Grand Finale starting at 2:00:00

*Co-Winners: Roman Collins, SirDwight Tashibish
*Co-Runners-up: Pedro Asfora, Chase Carpenter, Jahkari Dunham

*Performers and Judges: Natasha Agrama, Bunny Brunel, David Campbell, Oskar Cartaya, Stanley Clarke, Stewart Copeland, Sheila E., Pauline Frechette, Frank Gambale, Richie Garcia, Aleena Gibson, Salar Nadar, Jimmy Paxson, Greg Phillinganes, Armand Sabal-Lecco, Tierney Sutton, Arturo Webb.

*Producer: Beth Marlis (VP, Musicians Institute, Ex. Director The Musicians Foundation)

Note: Some speeches, intros, award presentation, several video clips of past winners and the commemorative slideshow from the event were removed for efficiency of this final video.


Congratulations to the Winners of the 2019 Stanley Clarke Scholarship Finals!!!!

Congrats to all five winners of the 15th Annual Stanley Clarke Scholarship Finals Concert, held at Live House Hollywood on Feb. 23, 2019!  We’re thrilled to award $24,000 in scholarships to these very talented and impressive Musicians Institute students!

Every one of them inspired the capacity crowd, and wow-ed the “A-list” music industry judges.

Here’s a selection of photos of each of the five finalists and the overall event! (courtesy of Toshi Sakurai)

Co-Winner: Roman Collins

Co-Winner: Roman Collins – Finale

Co-Winner: SirDwight Tashibish

Co-Winner: SirDwight Tashibish – Finale

Co-Runner-up: Pedro Asfora

Co-Runner-up: Pedro Asfora

Co-Runner-up: Jakhari Durham

Co-Runner-up: Jakhari Durham

Co-Runner-up: Chase Carpenter

Co-Runner-up: Chase Carpenter

The Five Finalists w/Beth Marlis (MI Vice President & Event Producer)

The Three Co-Runners-up w/Stanley Clarke

Judges: Salar Nadar, Aleena Gibson, Frank Gambale, Histake Shibuya (owner of MI), Tierney Sutton, Beth Marlis, Richie Garcia, Stanley Clarke, Greg Phillinganes, Sheila E., Oskar Cartaya, Bunny Brunel

The Legendary Stanley Clarke

Stanley, Oskar, Sheila, Arturo Webb

Frank, Richie, Oskar, Stanley, Armand Sabal-Lecco, Bunny

Stanley and Sheila

Salar and Stanley

Stanley and Tierney

Stanley and Frank

Stanley Clarke, winner of the 2019 Musicians Institute Legacy Award


Co-sponsor of the 2019 Stanley Clarke Scholarship

Co-sponsor of the 2019 Stanley Clarke Scholarship








We’re pleased to announce the top five finalists for the 15th Annual Stanley Clarke Scholarship.






Event will be held at Live House Hollywood,

Entry Door is: 1534 Highland Ave. HWD 90028

Free to the public – open seating first come- first served.

Doors at 7:30pm

We encourage you to Ride-Share (Uber or Lyft).

Parking available nearby at 6767 Sunset Blvd garage, parking garage at 1522 N. McCadden Place or street meters.




Stanley Clarke Scholarship Concert Allstar Guests Announced – DO NOT MISS THIS!

Show is 8-10pm (Doors 7:30pm) — FREE to the public, no RSVP needed!

This is the first peek at the amazing line-up of guest artists announced for the 15thAnnual Stanley Clarke Scholarship Concert at Musicians Institute!

Saturday, Feb. 23rd

MI Live House

1534 N. Highland Ave. Hollywood 90028

8-10pm (Doors 7:30pm)

FREE to the public, no RSVP needed!






Four-time Grammy Award Winning Stanley Clarke, performs at his signature scholarship event

Stanley Clarke Scholarship Applications for Musicians Institute students are now being accepted!

Current MI Performance Program Students (AA and BM only) APPLY HERE:

About the Finals event:

Saturday Feb. 23rd  |  8-10pm

Musicians Institute’s LIVE HOUSE

1534 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood



More details to be announced in 2019!!

The Stanley Clarke Band will perform, and the celebrity judges will be in the house as FIVE of MI’s best, brightest and most talented students will take the stage to perform two songs each for the prestigious Stanley Clarke Scholarship Finals Concert at MI’s LIVE HOUSE on Saturday Feb. 23rd at 8pm. This annual event is co-sponsored by The Stanley Clarke Scholarship Foundation,  Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation.  

Stanley Clarke, (and his band) will perform and a panel of well known music industry judges (to be announced in early February) will choose TWO finalist winners who will each receive a scholarship prize package (tuition discount and cash) of $6,000 from Stanley and MI, on the basis of musical talent, performing ability, stage presence, musicianship and charisma during the Final Performance Event.  Three runners-up will receive a scholarship (tuition discount & cash) award of $2,000 each. 

Legendary Stanley Clarke performs at MI with Greg Phillinganes


ABOUT Stanley Clarke

Stanley Clarke, Liberator of the Electric and Acoustic Basses

Bassist, composer, producer Clarke, whose prodigious talent, 40+ albums and 60 film scores, four-time Grammy winner, multiple Emmys, critics’ and readers’ polls, and gold and platinum records have made him one of the most recognized and respected names in the annals of contemporary music, has selflessly and generously created opportunities for talented, emerging musicians to further their education and realize their own creative vision.

Stanley Clarke, MI Honorary Doctor of Music

For fifteen years, the Stanley Clarke Scholarship at Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music has provided substantial financial assistance to outstanding student performers since its inception and creation by Stanley in 2002.  In recognition of his exemplary and extraordinary support of music education, Stanley was awarded the first-ever honorary Doctor of Music degree from Musicians Institute in 2009.

MI’s LIVE HOUSE Performance Venue, 1534 N. Highland Ave. Hollywood




Happy Holidays from Hollywood!

All of us at The Musicians Foundation and Musicians Institute wish you (and those you love) a very happy holiday and New Year filled with music, peace and joy!

Make your year-end tax deductible donation to support our scholarship fund, and education outreach to LA high school students today:

Tommy Tedesco as Santa at MI, Joe Diorio seated – in room “P-1”, mid-1980’s


GIT/BIT Holiday Greeting circa 1979-80



Joe Diorio making his Xmas wish with Santa (Tommy Tedesco)


Chas Grasamke, Tommy Tedesco, George Lopez 1980’s


Hollywood and Highland 1950


Tyler Burgess with MI Music Business Chair Stacy Turner

The Fall 2018 City National Bank Music Business Scholarship has been awarded to currently enrolled Musicians Institute Music Business Program student: Tyler Burgess.  The Murrieta/Temecula, CA native earned the prestigious award with a strong articulation of his professional goals and demonstration of outstanding dedication to achieving a position in the music industry.

Describing his reasons for coming to Musicians Institute, Tyler states, “I have always heard amazing things about MI and it has more than exceeded my expectations. The people we (as students) work with and get connected with never cease to blow my mind.  When I first visited MI (with some initial apprehension), I ultimately fell in love with the staff, the facilities and the opportunities I saw. I couldn’t turn it down and I’m glad I didn’t. I’ve progressed more in the past year at MI than I ever had in the 14 years leading up to my first quarter. I’ve been able to tour the states multiple times, record with Grammy Award winning producers, land endorsement deals and collect a long list of life-long friends that I now call family. As they say, “The program works if you work the program” and there’s not a more accurate phrase that I could use to describe Musicians Institute.”

While at MI, Tyler will continue his focus on “I initially started in MI’s guitar program but switched over to the music business program as I quickly realized the life-changing importance of understanding contracts and marketing. That’s what I intend on learning/expanding my knowledge on here at MI.”

He added, “I think the Music Business Program really puts the cherry on top of Musicians Institute. The wide variety of instructors here at MI are always willing to help you get plugged in and they all want to see you succeed. When a student succeeds, the instructors succeed, thus making MI a successful and thriving institution. We’re a team here and it’s a healthy family. Nobody “makes it” on their own.’

He sees his education as an important key to achieving his career goals.  Tyler described his future dreams and professional aspirations as follows:  “No matter where my musical journey takes me, I will continue to reach out and go to great lengths to allow music to do what it does best. Heal the heart, heal the mind and bring joy to anyone willing to listen. I have been in touch with local hospitals and local convalescent homes and will continue to work my way into the lives of those who need to hear the power of music.”

Everyone at MI would like to congratulate Tyler on winning this prestigious award.

Special thanks to our industry partner City National Bank, for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Tyler with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

To learn more about City National Bank, and the ways in which they support the entertainment industry click HERE


On #Giving Tuesday, How Will You Give?

YOU can change a music college student’s life by supporting our scholarships, and our other music education programs for LACER Hollywood High School, and free music classes for LAUSD students at The Grammy Museum.

Make a 100% tax-deductible donation to: The Musicians Foundation on #Giving Tuesday 11/27/18



GCA Director Paul Roberts with Rebecca Fitting

The winner of the fall 2018 Seymour Duncan Guitar Craft Academy Scholarship is Wallingford, Connecticut native Rebecca Fitting.  Upon learning about her award, Rebecca explained that she decided to study at MI’s Guitar Craft Academy (GCA) because “I’ve been interested in building guitars, and reading books on building guitars for 4 years, I’ve been playing rock and metal guitar for 7 years.”

She also added “I chose MI because my favorite guitarist went there, and he’s a HUGE inspiration for me.  There are very few schools that teach guitar craft and Musicians Institute is the best place to go to learn this skill.  I’ve also read that Guitar Craft Academy is connected with Schecter Guitars, and I have a very strong connection with the company.  When I was in high school, I built the body of a guitar and used a neck from Schecter Guitars.”

After her time at Musicians Institute, Rebecca future goals include “being able to build and do custom graphic designs on guitars and to perform live with a custom guitar I’ve built. I hope to work for Schecter someday and give them new design ideas.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Rebecca on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to her studies. We look forward to seeing her reach her full potential while at MI.

Special thanks to our very special industry partner, Seymour Duncan for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Rebecca with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.  The scholarship was created thru the generous support of Seymour Duncan Pickups and Pedals to honor innovative guitar legend Seymour Duncan.

To learn more about the full line of Seymour Duncan products click here




Drum Program Chair Stewart Jean (l.) with Vedansh Tripathi (rt.)

The Drum Program at Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that talented rock drummer Vedansh Tripathihas been named the winner of the prestigious Chuck Silverman Memorial Drum Scholarship. The scholarship was created to honor the memory, exceptional talent and artistic career of longtime MI Drum faculty member Chuck Silverman.

Vedansh comes to MI from Kanpur City, India, and will focus on “learning about the music business and the industry in general as well as meeting a lot of new people and getting better at my craft” during his studies at MI.   

Upon receiving his scholarship award, Vedansh acknowledged that he chose to study at MI because contemporary music interests me and MI has a great roster of alumni and faculty that I would benefit from. The infrastructure and facilities provided are an added bonus.”

He describes his future professional goals and aspirations are to be “a working/ performing drummer with amazing musicians and artists from all around the world.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Vedansh on this achievement, which marks a great beginning to his studies. We look forward to seeing him reach his full potential while at MI.

Special thanks to the family and friends of Chuck Silverman for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Vedansh with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry. 


Chuck Silverman