2021 Chuck Silverman Memorial Drum Scholarship at Musicians Institute Winner: Dhruv Mittal

Dhruv Mittal

The Drum Program at Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that talented multi-stylist drummer Dhruv Mittal has 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.

Dhruv came to MI from Kanpur, India with 10 years of playing experience specializing in Funk, Prog-Rock and Modern Fusion. During his ongoing studies as a current AA Drum program student at MI, he will focus on “improving and mastering my craft, meeting musicians from all over the world and learning about the different music cultures of the world.”   

Upon receiving his scholarship award, Dhruv acknowledged that he chose to study at MI “because of its state-of-the-art facilities, curriculum and infrastructure; and because it offers an Associate’s degree and is conveniently located in Hollywood.”

When asked what winning the scholarship means to him, Dhruv shared “as someone wanting to gain proficiency in playing Latin-Jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms, being awarded with this scholarship is in line with my quest for excellence. I feel extremely fortunate and honored.” 

He describes his future professional goals and aspirations as follows “My biggest goal is to compose music with other musicians as well as playing as many gigs and tours as I can. Having graduated from IIT Kanpur, which is one of the most competitive and prestigious universities of India, I come from a very technical background. In some ways, the change from science to music is considered fairly unorthodox by many. Which is why I want to work on my social media presence, make quality drumming content, and share my journey with other musicians.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Dhruv on the achievement of this prestigious award. We look forward to seeing him reach his full potential as he continues his studies at MI.

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

Chuck Silverman

The Musicians Foundation
2020-2021

2021 President’s Award Bachelor of Music in Performance Scholarship at Musicians Institute Winner: Ben Tran

Ben Tran

The 2021 President’s Award Bachelor of Music in Performance Scholarship has been awarded to Musicians Institute Bachelor of Music student, Ben Tran.  The talented vocalist and multi-instrumentalist earned the prestigious scholarship award with a strong demonstration of his musical skills and specialization in performing Pop ballads.

Describing his reasons for coming to MI, Ben states, “I chose to study at MI because I really love music, and I have been interested in this school for many years. I’m surrounded by successful musicians, including my parents and my whole family. I love to be connected with other musicians and share it with the world. While at MI, I hope to learn how to make a living from being a musician and how to work with other talented musicians.”  

He added, “This scholarship means a lot to me. My family doesn’t have a lot, they have sacrificed everything for me to chase my dreams of being a successful musician.”

He sees his education as an important pathway to achieving his career goals of being able to “follow in my mother’s footsteps. My mother is a famous global Vietnamese singer, and she travels a lot. I want to perform at big concerts and stadiums, join a pop band and collaborate with other amazing musicians that are successful.”

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

Special thanks to MI’s longtime owner Histake Shibuya for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Ben with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

The Musicians Foundation
2020-2021

2021 Schecter Nick Johnston Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute Winner: Hunter O’Dore

Hunter O’Dore

The 2021 Schecter Nick Johnston Guitar Scholarship, named in honor of the talented and versatile Rock guitarist; has been awarded to Hunter O’Dore.  

Hunter comes to Musicians Institute from Tucson, Arizona with ten years of guitar playing experience with specialization in Progressive Rock, Jazz and Blues genres, and is currently enrolled in MI’s Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance program.

While attending MI, Hunter continues to focus on gaining the skills needed to “learn my instrument the best I can, but really dial in on my note choice and fretboard knowledge. I’d also love to expand my vocabulary across all genres of music.”  

He added, “I chose to study at MI for the school’s reputation, having educated some of my favorite players. The staff and exceptional musicians I’ve met through the school is also a huge factor, not to mention the connections they have to the music industry outside of the institute.”

When asked what winning the scholarship meant to him, he shared, “This scholarship is very nice reassurance that I’m on the right path. With the huge influx of social media, it is very easy to get stuck comparing yourself to all the other musicians out there. I think it’s important to stay true to your own sound and having this under my belt is a gentle reminder of that.”

Hunter described his long term career goals as follows, “my dreams as a musician are to become the best player I can be, release music that I am proud of, land a gig as a touring artist, and maybe front my own band someday!

Everyone at MI congratulates Hunter on winning this prestigious award that supports the education and of a talented, evolving, and very deserving guitarist!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, Schecter Guitar Research for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Hunter 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 Schecter Guitar and Bass products click here

The Musicians Foundation
2020-2021

2021 Schecter Michael Anthony Bass Scholarship at Musicians Institute Winner: Bryan Blew

Bryan Blew

The 2021 Schecter Michael Anthony Bass Scholarship, named in honor of the world-renown Van Halen, Chickenfoot and Sammy Hagar bassist has been awarded to Bryan Blew.  

Bryan comes to Musicians Institute from Kansas City, Kansas by way of Las Vegas, NV with more than 30 years of bass playing and performing experience specializing in Jazz, Funk, Rock, Worship/Gospel/Church musicand is currently enrolled in MI‘s Bass Performance program.

When asked why he chose to study at MI, Bryan shared “I chose MI because of the reputation and location, and I want to make a step-up in both my playing and my career path.  I hope to learn as much as I can at MI, including the newer recording technologies; learning from the instructors (and also the younger students), networking, auditions, and getting “pro” gigs.”

He added, “this scholarship means a lot because it gives me more financial flexibility at MI.  Plus, I just like winning, setting a goal and meeting it.  To be awarded a scholarship with Michael Anthony’s name and Schecter on it is pretty cool.”

Bryan’s shared that his long term career goals include, “to be the best, as well as being a musical director and bassist of a large Pop act while having a small Jazz combo on the side, writing and recording my own music and teaching at Musicians Institute.” 

Everyone at Musicians Institute congratulates Bryan for winning this prestigious scholarship!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, Schecter Guitar Research for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Bryan 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 Schecter Guitar and Bass products click here

The Musicians Foundation
2020-2021

2021 Takamine Acoustic Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute Winner: Varad Sahasrabudhe

Varad Sahasrabudhe

Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that MI Bachelor’s Program student Varad Sahasrabudhe is the recipient of the 2021 Takamine Acoustic Guitar Scholarship.  Varad comes to MI’s Guitar Program from Pune, India with seven years of guitar playing and performing experience in multiple genres including Jazz, R&B, Blues, Rock, and Indie music.

Varad shared that his primary areas of focus during his studies include: “Musicianship skills, theory, arranging, technique in order to become a well-educated musician.”

When asked what does winning this scholarship award mean to you?  Varad shared “This scholarship is a sort of milestone to me in this period of my music career. This is definitely a help financially and for me to gauge my level of understanding of things. I am stoked to win this and now on to next thing.”

He sees his MI education as an important key to achieving his dream of one day being able to “…find my own sound, as well as performing live, teaching, and becoming a session player. If I can inspire people by my own music, that would be the ultimate accolade.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Varad on winning this prestigious scholarship award, as he continues his studies at MI!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, ESP and Takamine Guitars for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Varad with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful careers in the music industry.

Be sure to visit Takamine Guitars  to learn more their full line of guitar products, and their exciting partnership with ESP Electric Guitars.

The Musicians Foundation
2020-2021

2021 ESP ROCK GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP at Musicians Institute Winner: Brian Lopez

Brian Lopez

Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that current MI student Brian Lopez  is the recipient of the Fall 2021  ESP Rock Guitar Scholarship.  Brian comes to MI’s Guitar Program from Los Angeles, with 9 years of guitar playing experience and a versatile array of playing skills in multiple genres and a strong focus in Rock.

Brian shared a bit with us about his experience prior to becoming a student at MI, “I’ve had many opportunities to perform at my middle school and at my high school. My local middle school’s music program (called LACER) was kind enough to actually book me and my rock band gigs to perform at the House Of Blues, the Grammy Museum, and other small venues. I was able to gain a lot of performing experience, developed a passion and truly fell in love with playing guitar.”

When asked why he chose to study at MI, he stated, “When I came to MI, I did not know what to expect, beyond knowing that this is the place in which I will grow the most and learn the most from other musicians and from my teachers. I came to MI hoping to learn a lot about technique, theory, rhythm reading, and songwriting. Now that I’ve attended MI’s online program for 2 quarters, it’s seriously all I’ve ever wanted as a musician and more.  I’m committed to be better at what I do, and while this school has been the biggest risk I’ve ever taken, it is (by far) the best choice of my life.”

“My parents can’t afford college or provide finances for me (and my siblings) due to having a low income. I’m entirely grateful to my parents, they saw my dreams and desires in music, and they’re the reason why I’m attending MI. This ESP scholarship means a lot to me because it will help me continue my studies at MI and encourage me to keep working as hard as possible.”

Brian sees his education as an important key to achieving his dream of one day being able to “help young musicians like myself have a chance at what they love to do in music. I’ve always wanted to give back to those who have helped me all along the way. Something that’s been tugging at me is to go back to the LACER program I mentioned and help young students gain a fountain of music education and to  provide instruments for them. Another goal I have is to join a CCM band and tour the world as a musician representing MI.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Brian on winning this prestigious scholarship award!

Special thanks to our longtime industry partner, ESP Guitars for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Brian with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful careers in the music industry.

Be sure to visit ESP Electric Guitars, and their industry partner: Takamine Guitars  to learn more their full line of guitar products.

 

The Musicians Foundation
2020-2021

2021 STEVE FOX MEMORIAL GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP AT MUSICIANS INSTITUE WINNER: TAINAN AYRES

Tainan Ayres

Talented guitarist Tainan Ayres has been named as winner of the inaugural Steve Fox Memorial Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute. Tainan comes to MI from Brasilia, Brazil, possessing a wide array of guitar playing skills and versatility that spans from Brazilian music to Classic Rock, Soul and several other genres.

As a current MI Bachelor’s Degree student, Tainan decided to attend MI’s Guitar Program because “I had heard good things about MI through friends and musicians that I admire, who are MI alumni. I hope I can benefit from the knowledge and experience shared by my teachers and my classmates. I believe that an environment where everybody is passionate about music is the best possible scenario for life-changing exchanges to take place.”

When asked what winning the scholarship meant to him, he shared that “It feels great to receive recognition and praise by winning this scholarship. Being selected amongst very talented colleagues makes me realize I’m on the right path and inspires me to keep learning and improving. Furthermore, the financial aspect is also very welcome, being an international student from Brazil.”

He sees his education as an important key to achieving his career goals, which include “working as a full-time musician, creating good music and helping shape the music scene.  I hope to carry my Brazilian roots and unique influences and, through music and performance, build a career out of something I’ve been passionate about my whole life.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Tainan on winning this very prestigious award!

Special thanks to the family and friends of MI (GIT) alumnus Steve Fox for generously sponsoring this memorial scholarship in his honor, which helps to provide talented students like Tainan with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

 
Steve Fox

The Musicians Foundation
2020-2021

Announcing the Charly Gienau Memorial Alternative Rock Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute. Seeking Donations Now

Charly Gienau

MI alumni, Charly Gienau, was killed early Sunday morning August 29th, in a tragic hit and run accident near Downtown LA.  We have established the Charly Gienau Memorial Alternative Rock Guitar Scholarship Fund at Musicians Institute in honor of her creative spirit and legacy as a musical artist. 

She was a 2008 graduate of MI’s Guitar Program (GIT) and attended MI’s Audio Engineering Program in 2012. She was the founder and lead singer of the band “mANY oF oDD nATURE”, music was her passion.

Please support the scholarship in Charly’s honor by making a 100% tax-deductible donation (in any amount) thru our non-profit scholarship Foundation.   

You’ll get an instant IRS donation acknowledgement letter, and you can donate via Credit card, PayPal or ApplePay.  The scholarship will be awarded later this year to a talented and deserving Guitar Program student at MI who embodies genuine passion and creativity in the Alternative Rock genre.

THREE easy Steps to Donate:

1) Visit our website at: https://www.themusiciansfoundation.org 

2) Click the red “donate button” and follow the prompts.

3) Enter your information and follow the prompts to donate (CC, PayPal or ApplePay). 

Thank you in advance for your generous and meaningful donation in Charly’s honor. 

The family is also sponsoring a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for her funeral:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/charles-a-gienau-funeral-expense

Thank you.

Announcing the Joe Diorio Jazz Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute – Seeking Your Donations NOW!

JOE DIORIO

In honor of the great creative genius of jazz guitar, GIT founding instructor, mentor and inspiration to many thousands of musicians around the world, we are establishing a scholarship at Musicians Institute in honor of Joe Diorio‘s recent 85th birthday and his incredible legacy.

Let’s celebrate Joe Diorio’s extraordinary contributions and show our appreciation by funding a scholarship in his honor!! We are asking for YOUR 100% tax-deductible donations (in any amount) thru our non-profit scholarship Foundation.

You’ll get an instant IRS donation acknowledgement letter, and you can donate via Credit card, PayPal or ApplePay.


Three easy steps to DONATE:

  1. Just click HERE to start, and then click the red button to donate:

2) Choose Guitar Program and Write JOE DIORIO in the COMMENTS field:

3) Enter your information and follow the prompts to donate (CC, PayPal or ApplePay).

We’ll award the Joe Diorio Jazz Guitar Scholarship in Spring 2022, and we’ll be sure to let you know a bit about the winner. The amount of the scholarship award depends on YOUR DONATIONS…please give generously today!


Here are some vintage MI-related images of Joe, please enjoy:

Early’s 1980’s MI faculty: Joe Diorio, Pat Martino, Tommy Tedesco, Howard Roberts, Carl Schroeder, Back row: Don Mock, ?, Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro, Les Wise, Ron Eschete, Robben Ford, Paul Farnen:

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Celebration for the book “TEN” w/Les Wise, Pat Hicks and Howard Roberts 1982:

1983 Joe’s Office at GIT:

Three Joes (Diorio, Brancato, Pass) & Bob Magnusson:


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ANNOUNCING THE STEVE FOX MEMORIAL GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP at MUSICIANS INSTITUTE

Steve Fox

The Musicians Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the Steve Fox Memorial Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute in honor of the memory and creative talents of MI (GIT) class of 1985 alumnus, Steve Fox.

The scholarship award of $5,000 will be applied as a tuition discount for the fall 2021 quarter.  Deadline to apply is Sept. 3rd, 2021. For complete scholarship details, and application, click HERE

The Steve Fox Memorial Guitar Scholarship is provided to encourage and support the educational growth of a (new or currently enrolled) guitar student at MI for Fall 2021 who demonstrates overall versatility, creativity, passion for the instrument and the potential for developing their own unique voice in any genre(s) on the electric and/or acoustic guitar.

Steve Fox’s own experience as a guitar student at MI in 1984-1985, dramatically impacted the rest of his life. He was an avid guitarist, guitar teacher, luthier, guitar tech, and performer in several bands throughout his lifetime. 

As an educator, Steve discusses his approach, and expresses a genuine love for the guitar and teaching which is clearly evident:

In 2017, Steve was invited to give a presentation at the Carmel Valley Library about guitar history and construction of various guitars, including a demonstration of his playing and singing on several songs:

He died instantly on October 1, 2020 in a tragic car accident at the age of 70. 

His memory is being honored by the creation of this scholarship for a deserving student who embodies the qualities of creativity, versatility and passion for the guitar that were the hallmarks of Steve’s life.  

The Musicians Foundation 2020-2021 Guidestar Platinum Charity