Herb Alpert Foundation gives $10.1m for free music tuition at L.A. City College

Posted on: August 26, 2016

“Trumpeter Herb Alpert, known for his unique brand of Latin-tinged jazz pop, and for being a co-founder of A&M Records, a label that released key albums by artists from Cat Stevens to Janet Jackson, is now making his mark on education,” writes Carolina Miranda in Thursday’s (8/25) Los Angeles Times. “The musician’s namesake foundation, co-founded with his wife, singer Lani Hall, is making a $10.1-million donation to Los Angeles City College that will provide all music majors at the school with a tuition-free education. ‘LACC is a gem of an institution,’ Alpert said regarding the donation. ‘The biggest motivation was helping kids who don’t have the financial energy to go to a major college.’ …  Robert Schwartz, the director of the LACC Foundation, said, … ‘It’s the largest gift to an individual community college in the history of Southern California,’ he said. ‘And it’s the second-largest gift in the history of the state.’ The money will be used to create an endowment that will fund tuition for the school’s music majors and help supply them with music instruction. It will also allow LACC to increase the number of music majors from 175 to 250. The free tuition will take effect beginning in the fall of 2017.”

Posted August 26, 2016