CalArts School of Music Receives $15 Million From Herb Alpert, Lani Hall

The California Institute of the Arts in Valencia has announced a $15 million endowment gift to its school of music from noted trumpet player and A&M Records co-founder Herb Alpert and his wife, vocalist Lani Hall.

In recognition of the gift and past support from the Herb Alpert Foundation, the school will be renamed the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts. The gift will fund three faculty chairs — one of which will help shape a doctorate-level performer-composer program — as well as student scholarships and new and existing music programs. The school plans to expand its international initiatives to increase the cultural mobility of students and faculty, performance opportunities, the exploration of closer links between music education and the liberal arts, library resources, and concert series programming.

With this latest gift, Alpert, Hall, and the foundation have awarded a total of $24 million to CalArts, including support for the Dizzy Gillespie Chair in Music, the Dizzy Gillespie Recording Studio, programming at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, the Community Arts Partnership program, and student scholarships. In addition, CalArts administers the foundation's Alpert Awards in the Arts, which provide fellowships to mid-career artists.

"As artists themselves, Herb and Lani exemplify that same spirit of independent experimentation we nurture at CalArts: to cross the boundaries between the arts, to connect tradition with innovation, and to define the future of the arts," said CalArts president Steven D. Lavine. "Herb and Lani's commitment to CalArts, in addition to their support of the recently named the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, will strengthen Southern California as the world's epicenter for innovative music-making."

"CalArts School of Music Named in Recognition of Herb Alpert." California Institute of the Arts Press Release 04/09/2008.