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2020 President’s Award Music Business Scholarship at Musicians Institute Winner: Devin Birden

Devin Birden

The 2020 President’s Award Music Business Scholarship at Musicians Institute has been awarded to newly enrolling Associate of Science in Music Business Program student: Devin Birden.  He comes to MI by way of Lancaster and Long Beach CA, earning the prestigious scholarship award after clearly articulating his vision and career goals within the music industry.

Describing his reasons for coming to MI, Devin states, “a friend of mine attends MI currently and is in the music production program. He has had nothing but positive reports about his experience. Also, the information I received at the MI Open House, and my frequent dialogue with my Admissions counselor have all been determining factors that lead me to wanting to enroll at MI.”

In giving a bit more background about his motivations to enroll at MI and to excel in the music industry, Devin stated: “in addition to being an independent Hip Hop artist and songwriter, I am a business owner myself. I run a full spectrum entertainment studio where we offer recording and production services, in addition to graphic design, photography and videography. I hope to be able to learn all the current business practices in the music industry while also learning how to navigate more efficiently all the pitfalls and road blocks that I have had to traverse throughout my career. In addition, I am interested in music supervision for film & tv, as I have landed a couple big placements in the past, I want to continue to pursue my career in that arena as well.”

Devin sees his education as an important pathway to achieving his career goals as an artist, multi-genre songwriter and multi-dimensional music industry executive: “I want to remain independent and achieve global success doing so. The more I know how to do myself the less I have to depend on anyone else’s expertise. As an executive, I’d like to operate my own entertainment company, develop artists underneath my imprint and put them in position to do great things in music as well. I also feel I have a future in music supervision in film & tv, so I want to land more placements both nationally and internationally. One of my current specific short term goals is to be a part of Disney’s The Proud Family reboot, as it is of one of my favorite childhood shows.”

He shared his feelings about winning the scholarship as follows: “this scholarship means everything to me. At this juncture in my life I am choosing to make a major change and sacrifice in order to attend MI.  This scholarship will be a tremendous help to me in pursuing my career goals in a myriad of ways and I am thankful you all saw something in me that proved deserving of it.

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

Congratulations to our slate of Board of Directors 2020-2022!

Congratulations to our Board of Directors 2020-2022!

 

BOARD CHAIR 2019-2021 Hunter Scott   Head of Marketing & Publicity @TREND. Established LaFamos- a full-service PR firm in 2008. Head of Brand Development for High Q Digital,  Public speaker, panelist.

Andrea Bari, JD  Expert adviser in intellectual property rights, music publishing contracts, business law.  Researcher for the UN Special Rapporteur in Cultural Rights. Law and Business professor at Musicians Institute.  *NEW*

Andy French  SVP sales and marketing for DMI Music, and has previously held positions with the GRAMMY Foundation and A&M Records *NEW*

Anika Paris  CEO Alaya Productions; WB Composer, Songwriter, Author, Educator in Artist Development *NEW*

Steve Sherr  Independent music executive. Former music marketing executive at Disney Music, Universal Music Group, Interscope Records, MCA Records, Hollywood Records, Former Artist Management at The Artists Organization. *NEW*

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

 

Officers

Beth Marlis (Foundation Executive Director), Vice President at Musicians Institute, musician, educator, author, Chair Emeritus of Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

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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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 Evans Drum Scholarship Winner: Hayden Loewen

Drum faculty member Jeff Bowders (l.) with Hayden Loewen

The Drum Program at Musicians Institute and The Musicians Foundation are pleased to announce that Hayden Loewen, from Las Vegas Nevada has been named the winner of the prestigious Evans Drumhead Scholarship for fall 2019.

The Prog-rock and alternative rock drummer has been playing and performing for the past 9 years.  During his studies at MI, Hayden plans to focus on “learning how to record and produce drums as well as my knowledge of music in general.  I want to continue to expand my vocabulary as a player and network with as many other musicians as possible and much more.”

Upon receiving his scholarship award, Hayden acknowledged that he chose to study at Musicians Institute because “I was so captivated by the program and the amount of opportunities available within the industry.”

He described his future professional goals as follows: ”I want to be a successful drummer within the music industry, whether it’s in a band, as a performer, studio artist, or session drummer.”

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

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

Evans has been a pioneer in drumhead design for over 50 years and is a committed supporter and advocate of music education.

To learn more about the full line of Evans Drumhead products click here.

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FALL 2019 HOSA TECHNOLOGY AUDIO ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Andrew Spinello

Dean of the School of Industry Studies and Audio Engineering Program Chair: Jonathan Newkirk (l.) with Andrew Spinello

The Audio Engineering Program at Musicians Institute is pleased to announce Andrew Spinello as the winner of the sixth annual Hosa Technology Audio Engineering Scholarship at MI.  

In winning this award, the Valencia, CA native convincingly and clearly articulated his career goals in his scholarship essay submission.  Andrew comes to MI with a strong interest in EDM, Synthpop, electronic rock and other genres.

Asked why he chose to study in the Audio Engineering Program at MI, Andrew shared that “I chose to study at MI because it has the most appealing curriculum, location, and reputation.”   While at MI, Andrew’s goals as a student will be to focus on “learning enough to give me options for different careers in the music industry.”

Regarding his future career goals and aspirations, Andrew added, “I want to make people happy with my art.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Andrew 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 Andrew 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 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.

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

 

 

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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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SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGES LIVES #9 – Harshit “Hashbass” Misra

SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES! 

Our weekly (where are they now?) quick visits with some of our past Musicians Foundation scholarship winners continues.

Harshit “Hashbass” Misra

After being named as a finalist winner of the 2013 ESP Outstanding Bass Scholarship, a “BIT Musicianship” Scholarship awardee and runner-up for a full-ride Scholarship (awarded a 50% tuition discount) at Musicians Institute,  – Harshit “Hashbass” Misra successfully completed his studies by winning the 2014 Outstanding Bass Student award at graduation!

After graduating from MI in 2014, #hashbass has been fortunate to play with acts like Candice Glover (American Idol Winner), Wayne Brady, Girl Radical and Grammy Award winner, Jackie Boyz and many more.

Here he’s profiled in a very recent interview and he’s featured in an article by Rolling Stone India

160k views on YouTube: Prabh Deep – Maya (Audio only) w/Hashbass

Hashbass lives in New Delhi India, and has become a go-to session man for the likes of Sid Sriram, Prateek Kuhad and others.   Currently, Hashbass is working with Bengaluru-based keyboardist Bharath Kumar; as part of electronica trio DCF_Shapes alongside Mumbai-based percussionist Lindsay D’mello.

Bassist Hashbass and keyboardist Bharat Kumar. Photo: Courtesy of the artists

Hashbass in hat. April 2019 festival gig

At 29, the versatile Harshit ‘Hashbass’ Misra faces a very bright future, as he travels the world – performing, doing session work, teaching bass, and making serious waves world-wide as an in-demand bass player!

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