Updated: May 21, 2022
The David Z Foundation (DZF) is proud to announce its newest scholarship recipient: Blue Violin Classes, an LA based non-profit organization providing classic music instruction to young people in underprivileged neighborhoods.
Proceeds to DZF were made by Los Angeles-based Queen tribute band Bohemian Queen, which turned its live LA debut in April at the historic Whisky A Go Go into an opportunity to raise money for the foundation. $1 of every ticket sold that night was earmarked for a DZF scholarship. In total $500 was raised.
Bohemian Queen is fronted by DZF founder/CEO Paulie Z who, in addition to running the non-profit, maintains a hands-on approach to music as a performer and classroom educator. This contribution also inaugurates the foundation's newest initiative, the upcoming Concert Cares program. As part of the program, bands and artists will be able to get involved with DZF by donating a portion of their own ticket or merchandise sales, or by auctioning off special items. The foundation is excited about continuing its efforts to build and strengthen these longstanding partnerships.
Blue Violin Classes were founded by The Blue Violin, Lila Hood, in 2000 to bring arts access to all communities. For over two decades, students from underserved communities from across the U.S. have been introduced to classical music and many have gone on to receive college scholarships in music. Today, the program is centered in South LA, with students from Leimert Park, Compton, and Inglewood all thriving and learning that Music is indeed the universal language to help them achieve their goals and become well-rounded individuals.