Access Fund

Brass students
Support the Access Fund and help us increase scholarships for Colburn Community School students. We have surpassed an initial goal of $10 million from over 250 donors in December 2019, but there is still more need than funding. Your gift helps children gain scholarships to study music regardless of financial need.

More deserving families than ever are asking for need-based scholarship support to attend the Community School. We want to meet every request now and ensure a stable base of support scholarships in the future. You can help make this happen.

Increase in families seeking scholarship aid over the past three years
Total number of recipients in 2019–2020
Total scholarship support in 2019–2020


The Impact of Your Generosity

With your contribution, we will increase the number of students awarded scholarships, broaden the threshold of scholarship eligibility, and ensure the future of the Herbert Zipper Scholarship, a competitive program for highly trained students with financial need.

Low-income students in the Los Angeles Unified School District without access to arts education
Average family annual income for need-based scholarships
Colburn Community School seniors entering a four-year university, college, or leading music conservatory upon graduation


Give Today

We have several ways you can contribute to the Access Fund:

  • Create your own named scholarship. We would be honored to discuss this option with you as well as other significant naming opportunities that exist across our campus.
  • Support this endowed scholarship initiative through a planned or deferred gift.

To learn more about the Access Fund, please contact the Philanthropy Office at or 213-621-4535.