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Beth Marlis
Executive Director
The Musicians Foundation
6752 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028

The Musicians Foundation (a non-profit 501(c)3 organization established in 2004) is dedicated to providing scholarships to talented, but financially challenged students at Musicians Institute (MI) in order to help them achieve their educational goals.

Donations to the Musicians Foundation are fully tax-deductible and 100% of all funds received are applied directly to student scholarships.

Our Mission

The mission of The Musicians Foundation is to support (contemporary) music students in the Los Angeles area who exhibit talent and/or are financially challenged to help them achieve their educational goals at the college level. The foundation engages in (and sponsors) the creation, development, administration and funding of post-secondary music education scholarships as well as fostering relationships, building partnerships, expanding public awareness, and providing educational opportunities in support of post-secondary music education.

We strive to inspire investment in education and achieve annual goals of renewable and sustainable funding. Through personal outreach and public advocacy, we seek to build awareness, create alliances and inspire action in support of music education.

Musicians Institute

Founded in 1977, Musicians Institute offers a variety of Bachelor Degree, Associate Degree and Certificate programs in the fields of contemporary music performance (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, and Vocals), Audio Engineering, Independent Artist Development, Film and Television Production, Guitar Design, and Music Business.

Since it opened its doors, tens of thousands of students from around the world have attended MI and graduates are working in every area of the music industry. A few notable examples include members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Korn, and Nine Inch Nails, touring and recording musicians with Christina Aguilera, Pink, Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John, recording artists Keb Mo, Jeff Buckley and Brooke White, and many, many more.

Each year, many students with equally outstanding potential face significant financial obstacles that threaten to prevent them from reaching their educational goals. The mission of The Musicians Foundation is to provide financial assistance to help these aspiring professionals commence their studies, or to continue and complete their studies within their chosen program at MI. 100% of your tax-deductible donations to the Musicians Foundation go toward offsetting the cost of tuition for students in need who show a genuine commitment to learning and to advancing their careers in the music industry.

Previous and Current Donors (partial list)

  • The David Geffen Foundation
  • Seymour Duncan Pickups and Pedals
  • The D’Addario Foundation
  • ESP Guitars
  • Schecter Guitars
  • The Pat Hicks Charitable Trust
  • Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
  • Make a Noise Foundation (Steve Vai)
  • W. Crane Guy Memorial Fund
  • Hard Rock CafĂ© Hollywood
  • Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation (Joe Bonamassa)
  • Gilt City LA
  • Paiste Cymbals
  • Mitch Faber Memorial Fund
  • Sennheiser Microphones
  • Mojave Audio
  • MI 35th Anniversary Alumni Scholarship Fund
  • Daisy Rock Girl Guitars
  • Guitar it up for Girls
  • Individual donors like you


All donations directly fund scholarships for MI students. When you give to the Musicians Foundation, you not only provide support to individual students, you also support the future of music education.

To make a contribution today, click on the "Donate" link and follow the instructions provided. To learn more about the Foundation and additional ways in which you can donate, contact:

Beth Marlis | Executive Director | The Musicians Foundation
(323) 860-1161

Statement of Ethics

All individuals engaged in fundraising-related activities for The Musicians Foundation are required to maintain the highest standards of personal and professional ethics. Ethical behavior includes engaging in the spirit of teamwork; exhibiting respect for the institution, colleagues, students, faculty, and alumni; participating in those activities that are in the best interest of donors and the institution; avoiding real and perceived conflicts of interest; monitoring and sharing information regarding use of gift funds; and holding confidential all donor personal and financial information in accordance with administrative policy, federal and California state law, as well as sound donor relations practices.

The Musicians Foundation subscribes to the Donor Bill of Rights endorsed by the American Association of Fundraising Counsel (AAFRC), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Board of Directors

Stanley Clarke
Legendary Musician, composer, producer, philanthropist

Sheila E.
Legendary Musician, composer, producer, philanthropist

Dan Kimpel
Board Chairman
Music Industry authority, author, educator, producer, musician, songwriter, consultant

James Leach
Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations SESAC

Michael Molenda
Editor in Chief | Guitar Player Magazine, musician, studio owner, producer

Casey Robison
Manager/Publisher, Big Deal Songs

Alex Skolnick
Highly respected metal and jazz guitarist, writer

Jody Watley
Grammy winning vocalist, songwriter, producer

Paul Youngblood
Vice President Roland Corp., US


Beth Marlis
Foundation Executive Director
VP at Musicians Institute, musician, educator, author

Norman Bullock
Chief Accounting Officer
Director of Accounting at Musicians Institute

Monica Mancillas
Foundation Secretary
President, MOLA Music, Education Consultant AFI Conservatory