student scholarship fund


In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we’re featuring the achievements, exploits and adventures of our illustrious Board of Directors across the music industry.

For the fourth in our ongoing series of weekly snapshots, we catch up with board member extraordinaire: Michael Molenda, Editor-in-Chief of Guitar Player magazine.


Michael Molenda

We found a great overview of Michael’s successful tenure as Editor-in-Chief at GP (since 1998) and his insights about working at the world’s most respected and longest running guitar magazine (est.1967) HERE. 


It’s not an exaggeration to say that he’s a gear expert and one of the foremost authorities on the world of contemporary guitar.

Here, he gives a brief promo shout out about Fractal Audio and the never-ending quest for tone at the NAMM ’13 show:

When he’s not editing or writing, (Michael has published an impressive six books – check out this interview about his “Guitar Heros of the 70’s” book).

…he might be hanging around with rockstars and guitar stars…

Backstage with Ringo in July 2014

Backstage with Ringo in July 2014

MM awards Robben

Robben Ford receives the Guitar Player Magazine Hall of Fame “Certified Legend Award”-2013

Luke, Earl Slick and MM

Luke, Earl Slick and MM

or he might be roadtesting all of the coolest new guitar gear…



When not doing ALL of the above, and serving as a member of our board… Michael can be found playing live, and having a blast around the SF Bay Area with the retro-fun Monkee’s tribute band “The Trouble with Monkeys”


Performing with “The Trouble With Monkeys”

Here’s a promo video:

To keep up with all the latest, you can find Michael Molenda online at these fine establishments:


We’re extremely proud of our board, and their dedication in support of music education!

Our Music is Our Future


As 2011 comes to a close, I am reminded daily of all the ways that the students of Musicians Institute rely on the support of those who understand the power of music education and the important role it plays in our lives.

Private support for our students from alumni donations, sponsored music industry scholarships and friends like you helps to make professional, college level music education possible for many of our students.

If you haven’t yet made a contribution to our scholarship fund, I invite you to join us by making a tax-deductible donation to the Musicians Institute Student Scholarship fund administered by The Musicians Foundation.

Together, we can accomplish the extraordinary, and make a lasting investment in our future, our culture, and ourselves.

Beth Marlis, Executive Director, The Musicians Foundation