Herb Alpert, co-founder of A&M Records and Latin-jazz trumpeter, has made a major impact on education in Los Angeles, according to an article posted on The LA Times online.
The Herb Alpert Foundation, which Alpert co-founded along with his fellow musician and wife Lani Hall, has just made a major donation of $10.1-million that will allow all music majors to study tuition-free at the Los Angeles City College. The director of the Los Angeles City College (LACC) foundation, Robert Schwartz, said that the donation from the Foundation will transform the two-year public college.
Alpert said that his motivation for donating the money to the music program at LACC is to help the kids that do not have the financial means to attend a major college. Alpert’s brother, as well as his ex-partner in the record business Lou Adler, both attended school at LACC. When Alpert went to visit the school he found that it was thriving and that inspired him to help the program with his generous donation. Alpert said that another part of what interested him in helping the students of LACC is that they all come from different socioeconomic backgrounds and may not have gotten a chance to get a good secondary education because of that. These are students that may not have gotten a chance to go to UCLA because of their financial situation.
This donation is the second-largest ever given in the history of the state of California. It is the largest donation ever given to a community college in the southern California area. Free tuition for LACC’s music program will begin for the school’s fall 2017 registration. Not only will the Foundation’s donation help give student’s free tuition, it will also allow the school to increase their intake of music majors from 175 to 250. It will also help supply students with music instruction.
This is not the first donation that the Herb Alpert Foundation has given to the school. Starting around 15 years ago, the Foundation donated $10,000 to the school. More recently the foundation donated $300,000 three-year grant towards scholarships for students which just ended.