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Scholarships available for budding Hip Hop musicians


New program at Los Angeles College of Music

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop this year, the Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) has announced a partnership with the Subvers!ve Music Foundation (SMF) to provide a new round of full and partial scholarships to those with financial need for the upcoming program “Rap & Hip Hop Change the World.” It’s scheduled June 26-30 at the LACM campus, 300 S. Fair Oaks Ave., in Pasadena.

LACM was established in 1996 for musical students local and worldwide whose dreams include artist development, lyrics, writing, beat-making and everything else that encompasses the wonderful, ever-evolving and beautiful world that is music!

Organizers consider the course and opportunity of a lifetime in serving as a cost-saving yet enlightening opportunity to work with some of the most influential, successful and authentically unique artists currently trending. Courses will be taught by Ariana Grande, Lizzo, Nicki Minaj, H.E.R. and the songwriter and producer for Usher. Additionally, LACM Songwriting and Music Business faculty member Jameel “Jproof” Roberts is looking to inspire the next hip hop and rap artists for a hands-on and meaningful experience.

Roberts is a platinum-selling producer, songwriter, composer/arranger, educator and instrumentalist. His work was featured on Ariana Grande’s 2020 Grammy Album of the Year “Thank U Next.” Roberts worked on “Someday at Christmas” with Lizzo and is currently working on an EP for Emmy Meli as well as music for H.E.R. This course will take place in June between the twenty-sixth and the thirtieth of June. The course will target creating meaningful music with students who care to create a difference and making a change with their music.

The Subvers!ve Music Foundation was established to honor the memory and legacy of the late singer/songwriter Harrison James Dunnett.  Dunnett wrote and produced 40 songs prior to his untimely death at age 20. Subvers!ve Music Foundation, in particular, has worked to “support youth in respectful, non-violent, drug-free, music, changing the world one song at a time.”

In addition to partnering with Subvers!ve Music Foundation, LACM is known for its small and intimate class sizes and private study with mainstream music artists and professionals. By creating smaller class sizes, students learn to create, record, and perform in order to compete in today’s music industry. LACM was originally designed to cater to adults for students wishing to complete undergraduate and graduate degrees. LACM has now decided to open the program up to youth 12 years and older this summer. Also, they have introduced the Bridge of Success English as a second-language program. Students have the opportunity to attend college a year early to acquire English language skills while completing music studies and culture and adapting to Southern California music culture.