The gift from the foundation co-founded by the '60s pop music sensation and co-founder of A&M Records and his wife, singer Lani Hall, will establish an endowment that covers tuition costs, private lessons, and additional financial aid for music majors beginning in the fall of 2017. The funds also will enable the two-year community college — the first college in the United States to offer a major in jazz — to increase the number of music majors to two hundred and fifty from a hundred and seventy-five and expand its course offerings. The largest gift ever to a community college in Southern California follows smaller gifts from the foundation over the past fifteen years, including $300,000 for scholarship support.
"The Herb Alpert Foundation's two core areas of funding are the Arts, and Compassion and Well–Being, and this gift to LACC beautifully marries those two priorities," said Herb Alpert Foundation president Rona Sebastian. "It supports those music students dedicated to pursuing advancement in this artistic discipline, and it provides an often underserved, diverse student population with a fair, just and compassionate opportunity to afford the costs of a higher education."
"LACC is a gem of an institution," Alpert told the Los Angeles Times. "The biggest motivation was helping kids who don't have the financial energy to go to a major college. At LACC, they've nurtured thousands of dedicated students every year. My brother went there. My ex-partner [record producer] Lou Adler went there. I've visited the school. It's alive. It's kickin'."