From 1997 – 2009, the Durfee Master Musician Fellowship program supported master musicians in LA County to teach their craft to advanced students. The purpose of the program was to support the passing of musical skills to a next generation of artists through intensive apprenticeships. Priority was given to artists whose musical traditions are not widely taught at established institutions. Grant recipients were expected to devote a significant portion of their time to teaching for the duration of the two-year grant period. In addition to the cash award, the program provided significant technical assistance toward building the musicians’ careers during the fellowship. The program was retired in 2009.