Guitar Program Chair, Stig Mathisen with Carlos Alberto Gomes de Almeida

Newly enrolling Musicians Institute Guitar Program student Carlos Alberto Gomes de Almeida is the winner of the prestigious Pat Hicks Memorial Guitar Scholarship.

The versatile guitarist comes to MI by way of Brazil having performed and studied guitar with a specialization in the metal genre and having demonstrated overall outstanding musicianship, passion for the instrument and the potential for developing his own individual sound or unique voice on the instrument.

Carlos explains that he chose to study at Musicians Institute because “MI provides good teachers, a smooth environment and many opportunities in the music industry.”

During his studies, he plans a continued focus on “improving my musical knowledge and learn about how to succeed in the music world, as well as meet new people and do my best to learn!”

After MI, Carlos’s career aspirations are to “play in a successful/major band or play with a solo artist like Bruno Mars.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Carlos on this achievement.   We look forward to seeing him reach his full potential while at MI.

Special thanks to the family, friends and many MI alumni who generously funded this very special scholarship in honor of the tremendous legacy of Musicians Institute’s co-founder Pat Hicks. The scholarship provides talented students like Carlos with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

Pat Hicks in 2017





(l.)Jonathan Newkirk Dean of the School of Industry Studies and Program Chair, Audio Engineering with Torin Winsborrow (center), Hoyt Binder Hosa Technology Sales Manager (rt.)

The Audio Engineering Program at Musicians Institute is pleased to announce Torin Winsborrow as the winner of the sixth annual Hosa Technology Audio Engineering Scholarship at MI.  In winning this award, the Lodi, California native convincingly and clearly articulated his career goals in his scholarship essay submission.  He comes to MI with nearly 10 years experience as an engineer and a strong interest in hip-hop and other genres.

Asked why he chose to study in the Audio Engineering Program at MI, Torin shared that “after an initial walkthrough of the campus, I fell in love with the environment and the energy everyone has”.   While at MI, Torin’s goals as a student will be to focus on “in depth editing, mixing and mastering”.

Regarding his future career goals and aspirations, Torin added, “my two dreams would be to own my record label and engineer for artists, and to go on tour. My primary career aspiration would be to accomplish my life long dream of becoming a professional music/audio engineer”.

Everyone at MI congratulates Torin on winning this prestigious award, and we welcome him as he begins his studies and enjoys the many great experiences ahead at MI!

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



Guitar Program Chair Stig Mathisen (lt) with Andy Ferreira (rt)

Talented guitarist Andy Ferreira has been named as winner of the Fall 2018 D’Addario Guitar Scholarship.  Coming to Musicians Institute’s Guitar Program from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Andy brings a versatile array of playing skills and 19 years of guitar playing experience in the pop, blues, rock and jazz genres.

Andy decided to attend MI in order to “improve my overall skills as a player and become a better performer, musician and maybe even develop as an artist. I believe MI is the place where I’ll find formidable instructors that can push me and take me to the next level.”

He sees his education and these skills as an important key to achieving his dream of one day being able to “be recognized as an artistic voice, capable of embodying my own style in everything I do.”

Everyone at MI welcomes Andy to the Guitar Program and congratulates him on winning this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, D’Addario Strings and The D’Addario Music Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Andy with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

To learn more about the full line of D’Addario Products click here: http://www.daddario.com





Jesse Groce with MI Music Business Chair, Stacy Turner

The Fall 2018 Universal Citywalk Hollywood Music Business Entrepreneur Scholarship has been awarded to Musicians Institute Music Business Program student: Jesse Groce.  The Auburn, New Hampshire 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 as an independent entrepreneur.

Describing his reasons for coming to Musicians Institute, Jesse states, “I chose to study at MI for many reasons.  I like how the focus is on contemporary music, which gives MI an edge compared to other music conservatories and schools.  The location of MI in Hollywood/LA is the best location for an artist.”

While at MI, Jesse will focus on “learning any business aspects that I am currently missing within my brand and scope of knowledge. I’m also looking forward to the hands-on experience, skills, and knowledge I will learn from the internships I will be participating in.”

He sees his education as an important key to achieving his career goals of being able to “live comfortably and support my family while doing something I am passionate about for my career. I also aspire to inspire others to do the same.”

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

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

To learn more about Universal Citywalk Hollywood, click here.


Stig Mathisen (Guitar Program Chair) with Thawng Mung

The winner of the Fall 2018 Seymour Duncan Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute is the talented Thawng Mung who comes to MI from Burma, with a specialization in performing worship music.

Thawng explains that he chose to study in MI’s Guitar Program because “the school opens up many opportunities for the students.”  During his studies at MI, he will focus on “learning how to play all kinds of music, especially jazz, fusion, and country styles.”

Thawng describes his longterm goals and aspirations as follows : “My dreams are to be a successful musician, to share my knowledge with other musicians who can’t afford to go to school, and to glorify God with music.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Thawng 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 our very special industry partner, Seymour Duncan for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Thawng 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


Celebrating up and coming talent- our scholarship winners from Fairfax High and Hollywood High School!

The Musicians Foundation is proud to support the education of two talented, local LA area LACER program high school music students; by co-sponsoring a full-ride tuition scholarship for each of them to attend the week-long summer programs at Musicians Institute!  

Omar Matias (Fairfax High) performs on MI’s Concert Hall stage. June 28, 2018

Fairfax High School LACER Program music student Omar Matias just completed a fantastic week in MI’s “Summer Shot Music Performance” program culminating in a successful final performance with his band.

The Omar Matias Band

Hollywood High School LACER Program music student Tyler Medrano, also had a stellar week, building his own custom guitar during his week in MI’s Guitar Craft Academy “Summer Shot Guitar Builder” program!

Tyler Medrano (Hollywood High)

Supporting scholarship opportunities for students to get inspired, get educated and get experienced in today’s music industry is what we’re all about!

Congrats to Omar and Tyler!

-The Musicians Foundation





In celebration of the important ongoing work of our foundation, we’re featuring the achievements, exploits and adventures of our illustrious Board of Directors across the music industry.

We know you’ll enjoy getting to know them as much as we have!  For this snapshot, we’d like to introduce you to our newest board member, Nashville-based: Ellen Truley.

Ellen’s resume and exceptional professional achievements are far too numerous to list here, but highlights include: Forming and serving as CEO of her own music industry marketing consulting company Ellen Truley Consulting, and her highly successful 22 year tenure as a music industry executive at the Music Rights Organization SESAC Holdings, Inc.; most recently as Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations.

For three consecutive years, Ellen was named one of Billboard Magazine’s Women in Music and commemorated at Nashville Business Journal’s Women in Music City Awards for three consecutive years.

We wanted to share a few photos and highlights of Ellen in action “doing what she does” so well.

Reba and Ellen Truley celebrating at the Nashville Business Journal’s Women in Music City Awards. The awards celebrate women working in the music business who are making a creative and economic impact on the industry.

In addition to her service as a board member of The Musicians Foundation, Ellen also generously serves on the boards of the T.J. Martell Foundation and the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board and serves on the communications committee for the Copyright Alliance. She is also a member of The Recording Academy, The Americana Music Association, CMA and ACM.

Peter Frampton and Robin Rains with Ellen and Todd Truley at the Best Cellars Dinner hosted by the TJ Martell Foundation, a non-profit organization supported by the entertainment industry which funds innovative cancer research.

During her stellar career, as a star among stars…Truley has had the opportunity to work alongside some of the industry’s most prolific songwriters and composers, as well as their teams, including Bob Dylan, Adele, Neil Diamond, R.E.M., Mariah Carey, RUSH, Lady Antebellum, Green Day, Charli XCX, American Authors, Zac Brown, Jonathan Wolff, Randy Newman and more.   

Ellen Truley, ET Brown of SESAC and Songwriter and pop star Kesha catch up before her show at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Sept. 27

Ellen is a champion of songwriters, and has also supervised participation at countless songwriter showcases and festivals to continually raise awareness of company brands. In addition, she served as the executive producer for all SESAC productions, including the Pop Music Awards, Nashville Music Awards, Film/TV Music Awards, Christian Music Awards, and Latina Music Awards.

Ellen Truley, Peter Asher, Shun Ng (fingerstyle guitar virtuoso who was presented with Songmasters’ prestigious 2016 Holly Prize at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on June 9), music executive Linda Lorence Critelli.

Ellen recently attended the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame 49th Annual Induction and Awards, inductees included: Bill Anderson, Steve Dorff, Jermaine Dupri, Alan Jackson, Robert “Kool” Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown & James “JT” Taylor p/k/a “Kool & The Gang,” John Mellencamp and Allee Willis, plus honorees Sara Bareilles, Neil Diamond and Sir Lucian Grainge

Linda Moran, President and CEO of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Ellen Truley attend the Songwriters Hall of Fame 49th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner After Party at Marriott Marquis Hotel on June 14, 2018 in New York City.

In her 22 years at SESAC, Ellen wore several leadership and executive hats; most recently as Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations, overseeing global marketing initiatives for the music rights organization.  We also think that she probably knows “EVERYBODY” in the music industry!!

Ellen Truley and Marcie Allen, President of MAC Presents at the SESAC Pop Music Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street NYC.

If there is a music conference, a songwriters festival, an awards show, or any music industry event- then Ellen Truley will be on the scene. 

Music executives Ellen Truley and Dennis Lord give Paul Shaffer a warm welcome prior to Shaffer’s (and The World’s Most Dangerous Band) performance at the Ryman Auditorium on Friday, June 9, 2018.

Recently, Ellen led a mentoring session at SXSW 2018 in music industry marketing, PR, sponsorships, digital strategies, performing rights and more.  Clearly, she has a tremendous wealth of professional marketing expertise and global business acumen to offer.  Notably having spearheaded the development, strategy and execution of partnerships including City National Bank, Delta Air Lines, Luxury Resorts & Hotels, Netflix, Maker’s Mark, Icelandic Glacial Water, Red Bull, ReverbNation and so much more.

Music Executive Trevor Gale, SESAC Vice President (and Musicians Foundation Board Chair)James Leach, George Clinton, Ellen Truley and Sony’s Liz Cost catch up before Mr. Clinton’s show at SXSW.

We look forward to working with Ellen, and are honored and thrilled to welcome her to the Board of Directors for The Musicians Foundation!


Takamine Generously Donates Two Nylon String Guitars to Musicians Institute


Gaby Galvez and Charvez Eaddy road test the new Takamine guitars

Students and staff at MI were thrilled to receive two brand new nylon string cutaway Takamine G Series GC3CE guitars today!

MI Student Library Staffers say: “Thanks Takamine!!”

Both instruments will go into immediate circulation at the Musicians Institute library for all students to check out on two hour loan.  This fulfills a long time request of the students to have access to nylon string guitars for use in multiple genres, recording and performing at the college.

We thank our longtime industry partners Takamine and ESP Guitars for their amazing support of music education, and the students of Musicians Institute!