‘Applause is Empowering’ and Transformational for Young People

Fernando Pullum was always told he’d end up in prison. But the trumpet player, raised by his great-grandmother, discovered music […more…]

Fernando Pullum Center

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Through June, 2022, the first $50,000 donated will be matched thanks to a generous challenge grant from the Zegar Family Foundation.

Exponential Audience Growth for Rising Stars

Pullum’s students have already performed to millions, but the leader of the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center wants to give them a chance to build their own fan bases through live-streaming and creating original content.

The center hopes to raise $100,000 to buy video, sound and streaming equipment, as well as hiring tutors to train students to expand their audiences, produce their own performances, and become storytellers. With the money, kids will be trained in technical aspects of the business, including recording, filming, and editing, to equip them with as many life skills as possible.

“They’re already doing this all day long,” says Executive Director Fernando Pullum, recalling a phone video of John Mayer jamming with students at a birthday party that had over 100,000 hits on social media. “Why not take it up a level and give them something tangible they can walk away with?”


The Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide quality performing arts instruction to at-risk youth and help them build self-esteem, develop civic responsibility, and achieve academic success. Our teachers provide a program filled with structure and well-planned curriculum to serve all students with a desire to learn and grow their talent.

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Executive Director: Fernando Pullum

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I grew up at the Pullum Center, and they have shown me life outside of the ‘hood.’ I have shared the stage and the classroom with musical giants such as Sheila E., Earth Wind and Fire, Kamasi Washington, and Wynton Marsalis. I have experienced success through discipline, commitment, loyalty, and giving back to the community. I have found a safe place to express myself and make lifelong friends. Thank you, Mr. Pullum, for showing me that with hard work I can achieve anything I put my mind to. Thank you so much for the many life lessons learned and dreams realized.
– Ronnie L. Heard III

Key Supporters

Jackson Browne
Rickey Minor
John Mayer
Eric Idle
Jim & Judy O’Brien
Steve & Agatha Luczo
Amy & John Peer
Ilene Resnick
Howard & Cathy Stone
Zegar Family Foundation
The Music Man Foundation
The Ahmanson Foundation
Rheuben Allen Music Education Foundation
Roddenberry Foundation
Sony Music Group
Kawai America
The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus
Berklee College of Music
City & County of Los Angeles