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ETM-LA Past Events

13th Annual Benefit Gala


Education Through Music-Los Angeles, ETMLA 13th Annual Benefit Gala on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Photo by Danny Moloshok
Moloshok Photography, Inc.
On Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at The Novo-Microsoft Theatre Downtown LA, ETM-LA had its 13th Annual Benefit gala to raise awareness and support for quality music education in local Los Angeles schools! We’re excited to be honoring our 2018 Shining Stars Grammy Award-Winning Music Producer Sebastian Krys (Elvis Costello, Luis Fonsi, La Santa Cecilia, Alejandro Sanz), Music Educator Sue Edwards (Los Angeles Unified), and KORG Education!
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Featuring Special Guest Artists

Sheila E.
Grammy-Winning Artist – Prince, George Duke

La Santa Cecilia

Grammy-Winning Ensemble

Noel Schajris

Latin Grammy-Winning Artist – Sin Bandera

Education Through Music-Los Angeles Students
and More!



On Thursday, November 29,ETM-LA and Friends Of The Observatory launched a new partnership to promote STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) initiatives. This partnership started with the  FIRST MAN Screening and Q&A in the 180-seat Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theatre at Griffith Observatory.

Sponsored by Universal Pictures, a Q&A featuring Academy Award-Winning Composer Justin Hurwitz (First Man, La La Land, Whiplash) and other First Man filmmakers.


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2018 BMI Golf Tournament

BMI Executives, Staff Members, and Composers came out to play golf and support music education in schools!


BMI Golf Tournament held at Angeles National Golf Course on September 17, 2018 in Sunland, California, USA (Photo by © Joshua Lavallee/BMI)

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Winter Partner School Concerts

Congratulations to all of our partner schools who presented their annual winter concerts, including some which were featured on local news stations!  Check out Compton’s McKinley Elementary School Concert on their local tv station here.  We are so proud of all of our ETM-LA partner school students and teachers for their dedication and hard work.  Our programs are supported, in part, by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the California Arts Council, a state agency, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

12th Annual Benefit Gala

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 was a note-worthy evening as Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA) hosted its 12th Anniversary Benefit Gala. Supporters from the music, film and education communities gathered to honor Grammy-Winning Violinist Joshua Belland Veteran Music Teacher (Foshay Learning Center, Los Angeles Unified School District) Vincent Womack at the Skirball Cultural Center. The event was hosted by Malcolm McDowell (Mozart in the Jungle), and featured special performances and presentations by Joshua Bell (Grammy winning violinist), Billy Childs (Grammy winning pianist/composer), Judith Hill (The Voice, Prince, Michael Jackson), Joanne Pearce Martin (pianist, Los Angeles Philharmonic,) Dr. Lemmon McMillan, guest Chris Botti (Grammy winning trumpeter), Foshay Learning Center Students and Education Through Music-LA Students. Executive Director of ETM-LA Victoria Lanier welcomed co-chair hosts Lola Debney and Alecia Spendlove.  Honorary chairs of the gala include music education champions and celebrities such as Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto, Jane LynchMichael GiacchinoEd HelmsRandy SpendloveBob SagetJohn Debney, Malissa Shriver, and Tavis Smiley, along with other community leaders.

Photo by Danny Moloshok

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Yelp Helps: Raise the Roof

On October 23, 2017, Angelenos got to come explore OUE Skyspace for Yelp Helps: Raise the Roof with DJ Cathleen Cher! Attendees enjoyed music, drinks, food, and 360 degree views of Los Angeles at the beautiful Downtown OUE Skyspace! They also had the option to learn to DJ with Cathleen Cher, who happens to be one of our Associates Board Members, take fun photos with props at the Yelp photo booth, and try food from local vendors - all while benefitting music education in schools!

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2017 BMI Golf Tournament

BMI Executives, Staff Members, and Composers came out to play golf and support music education in schools!

See more photos from the tournament here.

2017 Summer Institute for Music Educators

6th Annual Keep The Music Playing Benefit

Jane Lynch, Kate Flannery, and Tony Guerrero Trio Perform Fiddler on the Roof and Other Hits

7th Annual Music Unites the World Festival

Guest artists included Sally Stevens (Vocal Director, Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, The Simpsons Movie), Carmen Twillie (Vocal Soloist, Disney’s Lion King), Misha Shtangrud (Choir Director, Colburn School), Henry Wolfe (Singer, Songwriter, Producer), Andy Vargas (Lead Singer, Andy Vargas, Carlos Santana Band), MITRE(Singer, Songwriter), Jonathan Beard (Orchestrator, Kong: Skull Island, Despicable Me 3), and Vince Womack (Music & Band Director, Foshay Learning Academy). Speakers included Sebastian Krys (Record Producer, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan), Rory Pullens (Executive Director, Los Angeles Unified Arts Education Branch), Pamela Marcello (Representative, Congressman Adam Schiff’s Office), Vargas, and Booker White (ETM-LA Chairman; Music Library Director, Walt Disney Pictures and Television).

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11th Annual Benefit Gala

Supporters of music education throughout Los Angeles joined Education Through Music-Los Angeles on Sunday December 4th at the Skirball Center to honor actor and musician Ed Helms (The Office, The Lorax) and veteran music teacher Richard Meyer for their support of music education in schools. The night began with a show-stopping performance by the Hooper Elementary Percussion Ensemble, and continued with performances by ETM-LA String and Vocal Ensembles comprised of ETM-LA students from Castelar Elementary, Dorris Place Elementary, and Providencia Elementary. Host Andy Richter entertained guests throughout the night and introduced performances by Moby, Dustbowl Revival, & Lisa Loeb. Lawton Gray presented Richard Meyer with the 2016 Shining Star Honoree award, and Christina Applegate and Angela Kinsey presented Ed Helms with the 2016 Shining Star Honoree Award for their respective work in championing music education in disadvantaged schools.


Read more about the gala here

Music Students Play Frere Jacques- Castelar Elementary

Music students from Education Through Music-Los Angeles partner with Castelar Elementary (Los Angeles) and play Frere Jacques in a round. Giving thanks to all those who gave support to their school and music.




Academy Award- Winning Song "Glory" (Paramount/Selma- Common & John Legend) - Education Through Music-Los Angeles Gala 2015

Students from schools across Los Angeles perform Academy Award®, Golden Globe- winning and Grammy- nominated song “Glory” from Selma at Education Through Music- LA’s 10th Anniversary Benefit Gala. The performance was made even more special with Academy Award®- Winning Artist and Actor Common in the audience, who gave them a standing ovation. Common was on hand to present the Shinning Star Award to Paramount Pictures; President of Worldwide Music & Publishing Randy Spendlove. Other artists featured that evening include En Vogue, Erick McCormack, Goo Goo Dolls’ , Johnny Rzeznik, Michelle Branch, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Brian Tyler, Jimmie Wood, and more. As well as solos performed by two students from Cleveland Elementary School (Pasadena Unified School District).