UCLA receives $6.75 million to create center for American Jewish music

UCLA receives $6.75 million to create center for American Jewish music

The University of California, Los Angeles has announced a $6.75 million gift from the Lowell Milken Family Foundation to establish the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience.

To be housed at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, the center will work to foster artistic creativity, scholarship, performance, and other cultural expression and will build on the school's collaboration with the Milken Archive of Jewish Music. Established in 1990, the archive today holds the largest collection of American Jewish music ever assembled, comprising recorded works, video footage, program notes, oral histories, photographs, and historical documents.

The Milken Center currently is producing videos on a variety of topics, including the story of David's Quilt, an oratorio by fifteen composers that premiered as part of the Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music, and eventually will make them available on its website. Once public health conditions allow, the center also plans to hold a concert to celebrate its opening.

A graduate of UCLA School of Law, Milken previously gave $10 million to establish the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy and also supported the creation of the Lowell Milken Family Centennial Scholars Endowed Scholarship Fund for student-athletes.

"Shaped by Jews from every corner of the globe, who absorbed their host cultures while retaining their Jewish heritage, the archive is as diverse and beautiful as America itself," said Milken. "From the outset, our vision was to create a living archive, making education central to our mission. The partnership with the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music positions the new center as a global leader in the field of music of the American Jewish experience."

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"UCLA launches Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience." University of California, Los Angeles press release 12/03/2020.