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Pasadena-Based Music College Offers Legacy Scholarships in 25th Year Milestone, Honors Co-Founders

Published on Friday, August 18, 2023 | 5:32 am

In celebration of Pasadena-based Los Angeles College of Music’s 25-year anniversary since the graduation of its inaugural class, the institution announced the founding of Legacy Scholarships. These scholarships, honoring late co-founders Joe Porcaro and Ralph Humphrey, will grant incoming Instrumental Performance majors in the Bachelor of Music programs up to 50% off tuition.

The College, known as LACM, said it is highlighting the legacies of Humphrey and Porcaro. 

Ralph Humphrey pioneered the “multitrack musician” blueprint at LACM. His musical credits span from working with legends like Frank Zappa to contributing to ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” 

Joe Porcaro’s rich history encompasses collaboration with Madonna, LA Philharmonic, and Barbra Streisand. Porcaro, father to members of the famed band Toto, played a key role in the Grammy-winning 1982 album Toto IV.

“LACM believes in nurturing future music professionals. We support those choosing an instrumental pathway, aiming to diversify the music industry,” said Erin Workman, LACM Executive Vice President and Department Head of Songwriting & Music Business, underscoring the institution’s commitment. 

LACM equips students for a holistic music profession, intertwining craft, business, and technology. Benefits include over 80 masterclasses annually, networking opportunities, and a 100% placement internship program.

LACM President Tom Aylesbury highlighted the college’s unique approach. 

“To make an impact in music, students need diverse skills from musicianship to marketing. LACM is dedicated to arming them with these tools, turning their music dreams into reality,” Aylesbury commented.

LACM offers an award-winning faculty, with industry leaders who have worked with icons like Ariana Grande, Whitney Houston, and more. Its “Let’s Talk Music” series has previously featured luminaries like Moby and Ziggy Marley. Aspiring students keen on the Legacy Scholarships must apply by November 15 for a 2024 start at

LACM, founded in 1996, has emerged as a global hub for aspiring musicians. The college offers a plethora of undergraduate and graduate programs in music disciplines. It’s renowned for its intimate educational setting, with a focus on real-world music industry insights. Over the years, LACM has widened its offerings, introducing programs for younger students and an English as a second language course. For more details, visit or connect with LACM on Facebook and Instagram.

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