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Emergency Grants Available to Help CA College Students Stay in School California College Student Emergency Support Fund Launches in Response to COVID-19

During these challenging times, it is more important than ever to help the most vulnerable students stay in school, earn their degrees, and build a better future for themselves and our communities. The California College Student Emergency Support Fund has launched to give one-time $500 hardship grants to students. Administered by Mission Asset Fund (MAF), the Fund is a statewide philanthropic response to address emergency needs for the state’s low-income college students, including undocumented immigrants, foster youth, and those who are housing insecure.

As colleges and universities respond to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, students find themselves facing a wide variety of challenges and costs. The Fund was created to cover unplanned financial expenses such as housing, technology, and more to support educational continuity, persistence, and degree completion for California’s college students through this crisis.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for the California College Student Emergency Support Fund, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled full-time (12+ units) as an undergraduate at a California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus
  • Have earned at least 24 semester units or 36 quarter units (i.e., one academic year of coursework)
  • Be low-income, with a maximum Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,576 (equivalent to eligibility for Pell Grant) or eligible for a California College Promise Grant Fee Waiver (formerly known as the BOG fee waiver) After approval, students can expect to receive the money via electronic transfer within 72 hours.

How Can I Apply?

Students can apply for a grant online at Applications and grant payments to students will be processed by MAF. MAF is a wellestablished non-profit organization that carried out a similar emergency fund effort in 2017 to pay for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients’ renewal fees.

We encourage interested students to apply as quickly as possible as these funds will go fast. It will help to have the following items at the ready: your transcript, financial aid eligibility (any financial aid statement or award letter that shows EFC or California College Promise Grant Fee Waiver), and electronic banking login information (not required).

Pianist Inna Faliks Set to Perform as Part of Yamaha Artist Concert Series on Thursday, February 20

For the first concert of the Spring semester in our 2019-2020 season, pianist Inna Faliks will perform. All of our Yamaha concerts will begin at 7:30pm on the given date, in the Herb & Lani Alpert Recital Hall. Admission is FREE with any student ID. General Admission is $25, and for $20, advance tickets are available here.

Artist Bio

“Adventurous and passionate” (The New Yorker) Ukrainian-born pianist Inna Faliks  has established herself as one of the most exciting, committed, communicative and poetic artists of her generation.  Faliks has made a name for herself through her commanding performances of standard piano repertoire,  as well genre-bending, interdisciplinary projects, and inquisitive work with contemporary composers.  After her acclaimed teenage debuts at the Gilmore Festival and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, she has performed on many of the world’s great stages, with numerous orchestras, in solo appearances, and with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin and Keith Lockhart.  Faliks is currently Professor of Piano and Head of Piano at UCLA.   Critics call her “a concert pianist of the highest order” (Chicago WTTW),  praise her “courage to take risks, expressive intensity and technical perfection” (General Anzeiger, Bonn), “remarkable insight” (Audiophile audition) “poetry and panoramic vision” (Washington Post), “riveting passion, playfulness” (Baltimore Sun) and “signature blend of lithe grace and raw power” (Lucid Culture.) Her October 2014 all-Beethoven CD release on MSR classics drew rave reviews: the disc’s preview on on WTTW called Faliks “High priestess of the piano, pianist of the highest order, as dramatic and subtle as a great stage actor.”   Her previous, critically acclaimed CD on MSR Classics, Sound of Verse, was released in 2009, featuring music of Boris Pasternak, Rachmaninoff and Ravel. Her discography also includes a recital recording for the Yamaha Disklavier library.  Recording projects in the works include a Brahms sonatas CD, Chopin solo and cello sonatas recording with cellist Wendy Warner, as well as “Polonaise-Fantasie, Story of a Pianist” – a recital of encores for piano combined with essays written by Faliks, to be released on the Delos label.

Ms. Faliks’s distinguished career has taken her to thousands of recitals and concerti throughout the US, Asia,  and Europe.  Highlights  of the recent seasons include a 2016 tour of China, with appearances in all the major halls such as Beijing Center for Performing Arts, Shanghai Oriental Arts Theater and Tianjin Grand Theater, as well as her acclaimed debuts at the Festival Intenacional de Piano in Mexico,  in the Fazioli Series in Italy and in Israel’s Tel Aviv Museum, at Portland Piano Festival and with the Pacifica Chamber Players, a collaboration with the famed dance troupe Bodytraffic, and Jacaranda in Los Angeles.  Recent return engagements include Newport Festival, Bargemusic and Le Poisson Rouge in NYC, Broad Stage Santa Monica, a tour of Canada, Salle Cortot in Paris, Beethoven 4th with Minnesota Sinfonia, and at Peninsula Festival , where she played the 1st and 3rd Prokofiev Concerti in the same half of the program with Victor Yampolsky, conductor.  She is regularly engaged as a concerto soloist nation-wide; other concerti in the recent seasons include Rachmaninoff 2nd concerto with Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Greensboro Symphony, Rachmaninoff 2nd with Vallejo Symphony, Gershwin Project with Daniel Meyer and the Erie Symphony, and Clara Schumann at Wintergreen Festival, Beethoven 3rd with Evanston Symphony.

She has been featured on WQXR, WNYC, WFMT and many international television broadcasts, and has performed in major venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Concert Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paris’ Salle Cortot, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall and in many important festivals such as Verbier, Portland International, Music in the Mountains, Brevard, Taos, International Keyboard Festival at Mannes, Bargemusic, and Chautauqua. She recently co-starred with Downton Abbey star Lesley Nicol in “Admission – One Shilling” ,a play for pianist and actor about the life of Dame Myra Hess, the great British pianist. She has played concerti under the batons of many conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Keith Lockhart, Edward Polochick, Daniel Meyer, Victor Yampolsky, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Neal Stulberg, and many others. Her chamber music partnerships include work with Gilbert Kalish, Ron Leonard, Fred Sherry, Ilya Kaler, Colin Carr, Wendy Warner, Clive Greensmith, Antonio Lysy, and others.

Faliks is the founder and curator of the of the Manhattan Arts Council award winning poetry-music series Music/Words, creating performances in collaboration with distinguished poets – . This poetry-music series goes into its 8th NYC season, and has been described as “surreal, impactful, and relevant” (Lucid Culture). Her long standing relationship with WFMT radio has led to yearly broadcasts of Music/Words, which she produces. Music/Words has also been seen in Pianoforte Chicago in collaboration with Poetry Foundation, at Royce Hall at UCLA, with the best-selling Russian poet Vera Pavlova, and in venues such as Le Poisson Rouge, NYC, Brooklyn Public Library, and Distinguished Artists Series in Santa Cruz, CA.

An artist of rare versatility, Faliks’ is equally at home with standard repertoire, rare and new music. Constantly in dialogue with today’s composers, she is currently working on Reimagine: Ravel and Beethoven project, where composers such as Richard Danielpour, Timo Andres, Paola Prestini, Billy Childs, and others are writing works for her in response to Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit, which she has recorded and performed to international acclaim, and Beethoven’s Bagatelles opus 126.   Last season, she had premiered Godai for Speaking Pianist, by Clarice Assad, written for her and her Music/Words series. She had given the NY, LA and Chicago premieres of 13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg, variations by acclaimed contemporary composers on Bach’s Aria.  Ms. Faliks performed and recorded the unknown piano works of Russian poet Boris Pasternak, presenting his music at lecture recitals in conjunction with the University of Chicago. At the Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies, she gave the North American premiere of Ilya Levinson’s Shtetle Suite and the world premiere of Ljova’s Sirota for piano and historical recording, written for her. She went on to create a one-woman show, performing at Baruch Performance Center’s “Solo in the City – Jewish Women, Jewish Stars” Festival in NYC, and at the Ebell of Los Angeles, where she gave the premiere of “Polonaise-Fantasie, Story of a Pianist”, an autobiographical monologue for pianist and actress. Furthermore, she recently began a collaboration with WordTheater, featuring today’s leading screen actors in literary readings.

She was the winner of many prestigious competitions, including the Hilton Head International Competitions and the coveted International Pro Musicis Award 2005. As Professor of Piano at UCLA, she is in demand as Artist Teacher, and is frequently invited to judge competition and give masterclasses in major conservatories and universities. Her own past teachers included Leon Fleisher, Boris Petrushansky, Gilbert Kalish, Ann Schein, and Emilio del Rosario. ✦

CalArts Announces New Agreement with LA City College to Create Pathway for Music Students to Transfer to Prestigious Program


CalArts MusiciansCalifornia Institute of the Arts (CalArts) announced that it has signed a student transfer agreement with Los Angeles City College’s Herb Alpert Music Center. The agreement will offer LACC music students who are interested in completing a four-year undergraduate degree a clear pathway to transfer to the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts. Both music schools at CalArts and LACC are generously supported by The Herb Alpert Foundation and are named for the renowned Los Angeles-based musician and artist, Herb Alpert.

This agreement is one component of a larger vision of access to higher education, and to arts education in particular, building connections and pathways between pre-college arts programs, community colleges, and four-year degree granting institutions like CalArts.

“CalArts strongly believes that the artist plays a pivotal role in our society, as culture-maker, as truth-teller, and as a visionary whose work often shows us a better way forward,” says CalArts’s president, Ravi S. Rajan. “This agreement provides an important avenue for LACC music students to continue to develop their artistic voice while also earning a BFA.”

The new transfer agreement provides priority consideration for LACC music students and offers a clear matrix of classes that are transferable to CalArts. In addition, LACC and CalArts’s music faculty have worked together to align the curricula and will continue to work together to identify and prepare LACC students who are most likely to successfully transfer into CalArts. There are close connections between the two faculties and, indeed, some of the LACC music faculty are CalArts graduates. Students currently enrolled in the LACC Herb Alpert Music Center are regularly invited to attend concerts at CalArts and visit the campus. CalArts music ensembles perform at LACC thereby increasing the sense of connection and affinity between the two institutions. Likewise, CalArts academic advising and financial aid staff visit LACC regularly to help inform interested transfer students. Ongoing communication between the two institutions about the progress of LACC transfer students is an important factor in providing the necessary preparation and support during this transition.

“We are thrilled by this agreement, which gives Music Academy students in the Herb Alpert Music Center—who are already receiving full scholarships for tuition and private lessons through an historic $10.1 million endowment gift to LACC from The Herb Alpert Foundation in 2016—the potential to enter one of the most prestigious music programs in California,” says Professor Christine J. Park, chair of the music department at LACC’s Herb Alpert Music Center.

David Rosenboom, dean of the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts, was also pleased with the new transfer agreement. “Part of what makes our music program so successful is the broad range of musicians and the different perspectives they bring to CalArts,” says Rosenboom.  “The LACC transfer agreement will continue this tradition of strengthening our program through musical diversity.”

Applicants from LACC will need 60 units of baccalaureate level work to transfer into CalArts, including 22 units of general education courses and, like all accepted students, they must complete a Music Theory & Skills Placement Examination during their first week at CalArts. Placement into specific music courses will be determined by the proficiency demonstrated on these exams.

The agreement was finalized during the 2018/19 academic year, meaning LACC music students who wish to pursue a four-year BFA at CalArts can already begin looking into the necessary steps and requirements to take advantage of the new agreement.


About California Institute of the Arts 

CalArts has set the pace for educating professional artists since 1970. Offering rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six schools—Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater—CalArts has championed creative excellence, critical reflection, and the development of new forms and expressions. As successive generations of faculty and alumni have helped shape the landscape of contemporary arts, the Institute first envisioned by Walt Disney encompasses a vibrant, eclectic community with global reach, inviting experimentation, independent inquiry, and active collaboration and exchange among artists, artistic disciplines, and cultural traditions. 

About The Herb Alpert Foundation

The Herb Alpert Foundation envisions a world in which all young people are blessed with opportunities that allow them to reach their potential and lead productive and fulfilling lives. Over the past few years, the Foundation has focused on core areas, such as “The Arts,” a broad category that includes arts education, a focus on jazz, and support to professionals. This also includes programs that seek to use the arts to help meet the needs of underserved youth and to help build competencies that will enable them to become successful adults. The other core area is “Compassion and Well-Being,” which celebrates the positive aspects of human psychology and seeks to bring more empathy and compassionate behavior in to our society.  The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. ✦

Free Theory Textbook


In addition to free tuition for all qualified music majors provided through the Herb Alpert Foundation, starting in spring 2018 Los Angeles City College music students in all three levels of harmony and musicianship will be provided their textbook free of cost. Harmony and Musicianship with Solfege is a years-long collaboration between Laszlo Cser, who has over 35 years of teaching experience at LACC and other schools, and Daniel Wanner, a full-time faculty member in the Music Department for over 15 years. The authors have donated the duplication rights to the Music Department, allowing LACC music students to use this high quality, comprehensive textbook in the core theory courses (Music 201, 202, 203, 211, 212, 213) leading to the AA-Music, AA-T in Music, and vocational certificates.


The high cost of textbooks negatively impacts student access and success. By providing Harmony and Musicianship with Solfege free to all LACC music students enrolled in theory classes, the LACC Music Department is reducing the total cost of education and increasing the likelihood of its students successfully completing courses, certificates, and degrees and transferring to four-year schools. ✦

News about The Herb Alpert Foundation donation:


hi I'm herb alpert my wife Lonnie and I
really love the idea that we can help
open the door for students who are
financially challenged to study music in
los angeles city college it's filled
with talented and dedicated teachers who
nurture over 20,000 dedicated students
every year LACC is a true gem in our
city and we should all be proud and lend
our support thank you so much
hi I'm Mayor Eric Garcetti and it is
such an honor and pleasure to be with
you today to help celebrate this amazing
gift from the Herb Alpert foundation
combining two of my favorite things
great music and great education let me
start by thanking herb and Lonnie for
your amazing commitment the generosity
you've shown the students of Los Angeles
City College and for your ongoing
commitment to the future of music
education I'll also want to thank Rona
 Sebastian and my dear friend robert
schwartz for the amazing work you did to
make this gift possible this is truly a
historic moment for this campus and the
funds provided by the Herb Alpert
foundation will be life-changing for
hundreds of LACC students who want to
pursue careers in music my grandfather
was a musician and an LACC student and
who knows the newest member of tijuana
brass maybe in an LACC classroom right
now as you prepare for the new academic
year the Herb Alpert foundations
generosity is a reminder that we all
play an important role in helping our
students succeed philanthropists like
you herb and Lonnie strong leaders like
trustees funkin and president Martinez
all of us the faculty the staff who work
every day to help our students unlock
their imagination and chase their dreams
are part of making this city great so
thank you and here's to the City of
Angels thanks to two angels who have
made this day possible

 Upcoming Events

All concerts for the Spring semester have been canceled.

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Christine Park
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Caroline Reyes
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Sam Plotkin
Instructional Assistant


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