Young Musicians Foundation Opens New Facility in South Central LA

A state-of-the art multi-media lab & recording studio


A vital community resource for interdisciplinary arts.

The Young Musicians Foundation will hold a grand opening celebration and all-day concert marking the opening of their new program facility and headquarters, the YMF Center for Music and Creative Technologies (CMCT). The event, scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2024 will be held from 12pm to 7pm and feature musical performances from across musical cultures, food vendors, family activities and class demonstrations.

“We envision the YMF Center as a vital community resource for interdisciplinary arts, and community power-building that will provide our Historic South Central communities equal access to the arts through tuition-free music and media arts classes, and economic opportunity through creative career pathways programs, and workforce development,,” explained YMF Executive Director Walter Zooi.

Three years in the making, the YMF Center features a state-of-the art multi-media lab, an audio/video recording studio, 5 purpose-built classrooms and a large open program space that can be configured for a variety of purposes, from classes, to sound stage, and a performance venue. It was designed by Stayner Architects of Echo Park.

The YMF Center is appropriately situated in the historic South Central jazz corridor on Central Avenue, “the Avenue” as it was called, was the hub of the West Coast jazz scene in the 1920s to the 1950s, and was famous the world over.

The Center is located in the Hollywood Community Housing Corporation”s Florence Mills Apartments complex which provides affordable housing for low-income families and the formerly unhoused. Residents of the complex can avail themselves of YMF’s offerings of free classes, workshops and concerts.

“Our first semester of pilot classes began on a limited basis in January. YMF expects the Center to be at full capacity by summer, offering a full slate of tuition-free music and multi- media programs to over 350 students weekly.

Founded in 1955, YMF delivers tuition-free music and media arts education programs to over 6,000 students at under served 27 partner schools in Boyle Heights, Downtown, and South Los Angeles. YMF also provides programming for organizations such as Homeboy Industries, Volunteers of America Los Angeles, and Wellnest Emotional Health and Wellness.

The YMF Center is located at 1044 East Jefferson Blvd., in Los Angeles. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the Center for Music and Creative Technologies and the Young Musicians Foundation visit

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