Grammy, Academy Award, Emmy Winning Performers Notable LAUSD Alumni in Benefit Concert for the Arts

LOS ANGELES (March 7, 2018) – The Los Angeles Unified School District (LA Unified) “We Are One!” Benefit Concert, presented in association with The Music Center, will feature performances by GRAMMY nominated percussionist Sheila E.; GRAMMY winner, Latin jazz sextet’s Pete Escovedo; two-time GRAMMY winner Siedah Garrett; GRAMMY winner Judith Hill, and former Chic lead singer Sylver Logan Sharp.  GRAMMY Awards Music Director Larry Batiste has assembled a fifteen-member All-Star Band who have performed with Stevie Wonder, Barbara Streisand, Jennifer Lopez, Kenny G, and other top artists. 

The “We Are One!” Benefit Concert will be held at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, 90012 on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 7:30 PM. VIP Reception @ 6 PM.

In addition to showcasing LA Unified’s most talented student artists, acclaimed LA Unified alumni will join the festivities as hosts to advocate for arts education, including three-time Emmy Award winner actress Regina King, three-time Golden Globe Award winner and Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette and her award-winning brother David Arquette.  Other surprise guest hosts/performers are scheduled to appear.

Los Angeles is one of the most vibrant, artistic and creative centers in the world. LA Unified’s Arts Education Branch (AEB) is committed to ensure that every school in the district provides arts classes, arts instruction, and arts experiences for every student in the district.

“I am honored to participate in such a high profile event to benefit LA’s youth”, said percussionist Sheila E, widely known for her musical collaborations with Prince.  “It is our responsibility as a community to ensure that students have access to the arts.  This is why we musicians are participating.”

The benefit concert’s theme, We Are One! represents the goal for all of Los Angeles’ city entities; LA Unified, City/ County/State Governments, Arts, Businesses and Cultural sectors to come together as one unit and work together to support the next generations of LA Unified student artists. 

"The LA Unified Arts Education Branch is seeking to utilize all of the arts ecosystem through its far-reaching arts programming,” said Rory Pullens, Senior Executive Director of the Arts. “We are looking to raise awareness of the importance of arts education for students, how the arts provide them with the necessary skills for successful futures. The Benefit Concert, where we are highlighting some amazing female performers, will celebrate the value of the arts and the huge positive impact it has on students and our economy.”

Through this Benefit Concert, the Arts Education Branch will raise additional funding to expand its arts efforts and forge closer partnerships with companies and individuals committed to the arts, arts education, and future generations of artists.  Nickelodeon, HBO, and Warner Brothers have already signed on as sponsors and funding/resource partners.

LA Unified is proud of its successes and those to come. Its students and alumni are routinely chosen to perform in local, national, and international venues. Alumni are Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmy-award winners such as Carol Burnett, America Ferrera, Forest Whitaker and J. J. Abrams, but, more importantly, contributing artists to the cultural landscape that makes a difference in the world. The Benefit Concert evening at The Music Center will add to that legacy.

The Box Office is open.  Tickets range from $50 - $600.  Click here  to purchase tickets, or call 213-972-8550.


Monica Carazo, 213-241-6766
Steven McCarthy (Arts Branch) 213- 241-5226