Access Fund

Support the Access Fund and help us increase scholarships for Colburn Community School students. We have surpassed an initial December 2019 goal of $10 million from over 250 donors, 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.

Increase in families seeking scholarship aid over the past three years
Average need-based scholarship award for the year
Total scholarship support in 2018–19


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
Percentage of financial aid recipient families who earn less than $50,000 a year
Colburn Community School seniors entering a four-year university, college, or leading music conservatory upon graduation


Give Today

We have a number of different 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 give to the Access Fund, contact Mark Dawson at 213-621-1059 or