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FALL 2019 PRESIDENT’S AWARD BACHELOR of MUSIC in SONGWRITING AND PRODUCTION SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Julian Lee

MI faculty member Chris Buzea (l.) with Julian Lee

Julian Lee is the winner of the President’s Award Bachelor of Music in Songwriting and Production Scholarship at Musicians Institute.  

The newly enrolling Bachelor’s Degree in Songwriting and Production Program (guitar) student comes to MI by way of Yakima, Washington, having composed original music primarily in the singer-songwriter, and acoustic genres.  

Upon learning about his award, Julian explained that he chose to study at MI because “it seemed to be one of the best contemporary music schools around and it was affordable. I also like the variety of classes I can take.

During his studies, he plans to focus on “refining my skills, learning new aspects of songwriting and music, and somehow combining everything into making a voice for myself. I want to eventually find my voice and my style of music to write upon graduation from MI.

After MI, Julian’s primary career aspirations are to: “become a singer/songwriter! I would love to be able to be a creator as a job, and standing on stage would make me so happy. I want to make music, and then sing that music for people across the world, and show people my honest self – I hope someday I can do this and that people would appreciate and become inspired by it.”  

Everyone at Musicians Institute congratulates Julian 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 MI’s Executive President, Histake Shibuya for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Julian with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

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Fall 2019 President’s Award Vocal Scholarship Winner: Saasha Small

MI faculty member Brian “Hacksaw” Williams with Saasha Small

The 2019 President’s Award Vocal Scholarship has been awarded to Musicians Institute Vocal Program student: Saasha Small.  She comes to MI by way of New Iberia, Louisiana, having earned the prestigious award with a strong demonstration of her musical skills and specialization in singing R&B and Neo-soul genres.

Describing her reasons for coming to MI, Saasha states, “MI came highly recommended. The connections and teachers and info. that you learn is incredible.”  While at MI she plans to focus on “learning more Harmony and Theory, learn why things sound the way they sound. I want to develop my musicianship and learn why things sound good, or bad.”

She sees her education as an important pathway to achieving her career goals of being able to “be an entertainer, make a good living and provide for myself doing what I love.”

Everyone at MI would like to congratulate Saasha 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 Saasha with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

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2019 LA Breakfast Club Foundation Bachelor of Music Performance Scholarship at Musicians Institute WINNER: Joseph Caster

MI Faculty Member Chris Buzea (l.) with Joseph Caster

Talented guitarist Joseph Caster is the winner of the third annual LA Breakfast Club Foundation Bachelor of Music Performance Scholarship at Musicians Institute.  The newly enrolling Bachelor of Music in Performance Program (Guitar/Audio Production Emphasis) student comes to MI by way of Rogers, Arkansas having performed and composed music in a wide variety of musical genres including rhythm and blues, funk, reggae, and jazz.

Joseph has been playing guitar and bass for 11 years and writing music for 10 years, and shared that during his studies at MI, he plans to focus on “perfecting my craft as a songwriter and as a performerI I think of music as an extension of myself and I believe studying at MI will help my playing and writing become more second nature.”

He chose to study at Musicians Institute because “I know I will be able to start my life as a musician as soon as I begin school through people I meet and friends that I make. I’m beyond excited to begin performing in LA and I plan on booking and playing gigs as many nights as possible a week.”

Joseph describes his career and future aspirations as follows: “my dream simply is to be able to financially support myself as a songwriter, performer, and audio engineer. ”  He added, “my biggest goal is to write music and to inspire other people to write and perform music.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Joseph 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 LA Breakfast Club Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Joseph with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

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FALL 2019 PAJWELL FOUNDATION BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN COMPOSITION FOR VISUAL MEDIA SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Landon Myres

MI faculty member Chris Buzea (l.) with Landon Myres

Talented guitarist, Landon Myres is the winner of the first-ever Pajwell Foundation Bachelor of Music in Composition for Visual Media Scholarship at Musicians Institute. Landon comes to MI by way of Little Rock, AK having composed music in a variety of musical genres, with an emphasis on “epic cinematic orchestral music”.

During his Bachelor’s Program studies, he plans to focus on “learning more about orchestration, counterpoint, arranging, conducting, music production, and how to successfully infiltrate into the game/film industry. One of the main reasons I chose MI is because it’s located in the heart of the film industry. In addition to the amount of unique courses MI offers that you can’t find anywhere else in the world. With the help of MI’s experienced staff I believe I can accomplish my goals.”

Landon describes his career and future aspirations as follows: “my dream is to become a successful composer. I want to compose music for games, films, and television. I hope to create music that connects with people emotionally and has a positive impact on their lives.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Landon on this achievement,  we look forward to seeing him reach his full potential while at MI.

Special thanks to The Pajwell Foundation for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Landon with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

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FALL 2019 UNIVERSAL CITYWALK HOLLYWOOD VOCAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Jiwoo Kim

Jiwoo Kim (l.) with Debra Byrd MI Vocal Dept. Chair

The fall 2019 Universal Citywalk Hollywood Vocal Scholarship has been awarded to Musicians Institute Vocal Program student: Jiwoo Kim.  The South Korean native earned the prestigious award with a strong demonstration of her versatile musical skills.

During her studies at MI, she shared that “I hope to learn performing skills while at MI, I’m especially looking forward to the Live Performance Workshops because I’ve always wanted to have an ensemble with musicians from various countries.”  Describing her reasons for coming to MI, Jiwoo states, “by combining people from different cultures with different genres of music, I expect to learn something bigger and more important in music than what I can learn in Korea. This is why I choose to study at MI.”

She sees her education as an important key to achieving her longterm career goals of being able to “be a real musician with lots of musical knowledge while excelling in vocal performance.  With these skills and proficiency, I can really express to the audience what I think and genuinely feel about the song.  I want to heal the people thru music with genuine and sincere lyrics that come directly from my own experience. If I work hard to achieve these goals, I’ll be a successful and well-known musician.

Everyone at MI would like to congratulate Jiwoo 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 Jiwoo 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.

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FALL 2019 Melodic Soloing Guitar Scholarship WINNER: Joseph Peterson

Guitar Dept. Chair Stig Mathisen (l.) with Joe Peterson

Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that Joseph Peterson is the recipient of the Fall 2019 Melodic Soloing Guitar Scholarship.

Joseph comes to MI’s Guitar Program from Dyer, Indiana with 6 years of playing experience and in possession of solid melodic soloing skills with a specialization in Metal and ’80’s Hair Metal genres.

During his studies at MI, he will focus on “gaining a good understanding of music theory and studying other genres of music.”  When asked why he chose to study at MI, Joseph added “I chose MI because of the school’s reputation, resources and the location of the school in Los Angeles”

He describes his professional goals and aspirations as follows: “my dreams and aspirations are probably similar to all of the other students at MI, in that I want to be in my own touring band making music I love with people I enjoy working with.”

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

Special thanks to an anonymous MI Guitar Program alumnus (GIT class of 1980) for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Joseph with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful careers in the music industry.

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FALL 2019 SEYMOUR DUNCAN GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Dale Scoville

Guitar Dept. Chair Stig Mathisen (l.) with Dale Scoville

The winner of the Fall 2019 Seymour Duncan Guitar Scholarship at Musicians Institute is the talented Dale Scoville who comes to MI from Claremont, CA with a specialization in performing alternative/indie rock.

Dale explains that he chose to study in MI’s Guitar Program because “they have great resources for students and have taught many great musicians, many of whom I look up to and hope to emulate.”  

During his studies at MI, he will focus on “learning and refining new techniques, being able to play efficiently in varied genres and styles, becoming a better performer and learning to write music that people will be inspired by.”

He describes his longterm goals and aspirations as follows: “There are many things I would love to be able to do as a career in the music industry, primarily writing, performing, recording and producing music and creating musical instruments. No matter what career path or paths I pursue, I want to make something that can be loved and used to create more art from. Music has helped me through a lot and I want to write and play music that can help others too.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Dale 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 Dale 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.

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FALL 2019 SEYMOUR DUNCAN GUITAR CRAFT SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Brandt Jewell

Brandt Jewell (l.) with Michael Phifer- Director of Guitar Craft Academy (GCA) Nashville

The winner of the fall 2019 Seymour Duncan Guitar Craft Academy Scholarship is Brandt Jewell.  We welcome Brandt as an incoming student at our GCA Nashville Campus!

The Franklin, Tennessee native explains that he decided to study at Musicians Institute’s Guitar Craft Academy  because “it seemed like a perfect fit for me. There aren’t many schools that teach you how to build guitars and there wasn’t anyone that could offer guidance on how to get into this industry in high school or college. When I saw MI’s booth at Summer NAMM 2 years ago and that they would be starting a school in Nashville, it was a dream come true. Finally I had an avenue to develop my passion. With MI’s reputation and name, they have respected industry professionals giving you a hands-on education. It was a no-brainer.

During his studies at Musicians Institute, Brandt intends to “learn anything and everything, and be properly taught by industry professionals at MI! Drafting, finishing, working a CNC machine. I want to learn how to cut and file a nut with the proper technique and how to make/wind my own pickups. I want to take in as much of it as I possibly can!”

His future goals and aspirations are “to one day start my own business/brand. But first, I think I’d like to gain some experience and networking by going out on the road and tech for an artist or band. I always dreamed about what it must be like to be The Edge’s guitar tech, Dallas Schoo, and how challenging/ fun it must be to manage that array of gear. Then I’d like to work for a respected brand and learn how a good guitar business runs. Hopefully that will give me the experience I need to start “Jewell” guitars in the future!”

He also adds “not long after I started playing, and again partly because of The Edge I became interested in building and repairing instruments. I wanted to dissect how he got those amazing guitar tones, so I learned all about effects/guitar pedals, why single coil pickups sounded different from hum-buckers and why different woods were used for different guitars.  I also built my own parts-casters.  The Seymour Duncan Guitar Craft Scholarship means so much to me. To be chosen for this scholarship that bears the name of one of the most respected brands in the industry is such a humbling honor. It gives me the opportunity to turn my passion into a career. I have the drive and determination, but not the financial backing so this is a massive aid to helping me achieve my goals. It means so much to me and I cannot wait to get started this fall!”

Everyone at MI congratulates Brandt 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 Brandt 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

 

 

 

 

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THE MUSICIANS FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS FEATURE: ELLEN TRULEY

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!