L.A. College of Music Celebrates 25 Years, Launches Ralph Humphrey and Joe Porcaro Scholarships

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the first graduating class of the Los Angeles College of Music (LACM, formerly known as LAMA), and in honor of the college’s late co-founders, Joe Porcaro and Ralph Humphrey, LACM is offering up to 50% off tuition in Legacy Scholarships for incoming Instrumental Performance majors in the Bachelor of Music programs (bass, drum, guitar, keyboard, saxophone, trumpet, trombone).

Humphrey set the blueprint for “multitrack musician” at LACM through his remarkable involvement with prestigious artists such as Don Ellis, Frank Zappa, playing on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”, and for authoring numerous drum performance books and videos that are still used by today’s top music educators. Porcaro is known for his impressive range of credits including Madonna, LA Philharmonic, and Barbra Streisand, just to name a few. He was father to Toto’s Steve, Jeff and Mike Porcaro, and contributed percussion for their iconic 1982 album Toto IV, which scored six Grammy Awards and yielded the classics “Africa” and “Rosanna”. Humphrey and Porcaro’s legacy have left an enduring mark on the world of music, making them exemplary candidates for a scholarship in their honor.

LACM performance programs are multi-faceted by design and presents pathways to a profession in the music industry through the infusion of craft, business, and technology instruction. Students benefit from 80+ masterclasses, events and networking opportunities per year, plus participation in the 100% placement internship program, managed by the LACM Career Center. 

All interested students interested in applying for the new Legacy Scholarships must apply for a 2024 start date by November 15, by following the steps at LACM.edu/apply.