MUSICIANS FOUNDATION

Supporting Music Education

aka The Musicians Foundation   |   Hollywood, CA   |  www.themusiciansfoundation.org
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MUSICIANS FOUNDATION

EIN: 20-1799730


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.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Beth Marlis

Main address

6752 Hollywood Blvd % Beth Marlis

Hollywood, CA 90028 USA

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EIN

20-1799730

Subject area info

Arts and culture

Education

Population served info

Adults

Students

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Music education programs at ALL LEVELS have been decimated by budget tightening, re-prioritization and COVID-19. We support music education at the college level by granting scholarships to deserving students on the basis of talent and financial need. SInce 2004, we have awarded over $650,000 in grants to over 400 individual students.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Scholarships for MI Students

Scholarships for post-secondary music student education.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We have offered in-kind services to The Grammy Museum, The Recording Academy and are currently developing programs for Little Kids Rock, LACER after school music programs, and others.  We donate our facilities, funds and teaching staff.

Population(s) Served
Students

Where we work

Accreditations

National Association of Schools of Music - Accreditation 1987

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 1987

National Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences (NARAS) 2008

Grammy Music Education Coalition 2016

Grammy Museum 2009

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults

Related Program

Scholarships for MI Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults

Related Program

Scholarships for MI Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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.

VISIT OUR NEWS BLOG: https://musiciansfoundation.wordpress.com

Helping Los Angeles…We award between $75-$100,000 in music college scholarships every year.

Music education MATTERS!

We have a stellar board of directors and raise funds thru direct donations as well as (occasional) fund-raising events.

We are a very small organization; and must rely on the networking skills of our volunteer Executive Director, and excellent Board of Directors at this time.

We have awarded nearly $650,000 in music scholarships to more than 400 recipients since 2004. We award approx. 45-50 scholarships annually at approx. $75-100,000 in awarded value.

We are proud to establish the Pat Hicks Charitable Trust Endowment fund in late 2022 that will allow us to substantially increase our grant-making capacity for several years to come!

Strategically, it's important that we also diversify our donor base, to exceed our goal of raising over $150,000 annually for next three years.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Music College Students, who often share their feedback and how their lives have been positivly impacted by our grant making and scholarship programs!

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have begun to offer more targeted scholarship opportunities to female music college students!

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We listen carefully to our grantees, and their stories help to shape our trajectory.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

MUSICIANS FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Beth Marlis

Ms. Marlis is currently a music non-profit Executive Director, and a board and advisory council member for multiple non-profits, exemplifying her ethos and a personal mission to give back to young musicians and the greater community. Highly accomplished guitarist, music industry leader and champion of music education; Beth Marlis has carved out an important path in the jazz guitar world. She is currently Vice President at Musicians Institute, but considers her ten-year stint serving as the Department Chair of GIT, and being a member of its esteemed guitar faculty for 35 years, (teaching thousands of students) as some of her proudest achievements. As a music industry veteran, performer, and “LA sideman” her many accomplishments include countless performances at venues and festivals across the US, Japan and France in multiple genres. Beth is a respected clinician, skilled interviewer, panelist, panel moderator and author of two best-selling guitar instructional books by Hal Leonard/MI

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 05/23/2022
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Board chair

Hunter Scott

Lafamos, PR and Branding

Term: 2019 - 2023

Hunter Scott

Founder LaFamos PR

Andrea Bari

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.

Anika Paris

CEO Alaya Productions; WB Composer, Songwriter, Author, Educator in Artist Development

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.

Maiya Sykes

Classically trained vocalist, songwriter , producer, vocal contractor, arranger and vocal educator currently living in Los Angeles. She is a proud graduate of Yale University and Musicians Institute. Credits include Dolomite is My Name, LaLa Land, Dumplin, Macy Gray, Jim James, Tori Kelly, The Voice

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/23/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/23/2022

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.