“On May 13, 2019, the Herb Alpert Foundation will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Herb Alpert Award in the Arts (HAAIA) in New York City,” writes Mike Scutari in Sunday’s (4/21) Inside Philanthropy. HAAIA provides “a $75,000 unrestricted prize and a one-week residency at CalArts… Alpert … was way ahead of the curve by providing the kind of direct support to artists…. Alpert is particularly proud of his foundation’s support for the Harlem School of the Arts. Back in 2010, the school announced it would be closing its doors…. His foundation stepped in, and along with other donors, helped bring the school back from the brink. In late April, the Herb Alpert Foundation awarded the school another $9.5 million … The Herb Alpert Foundation first began supporting the Los Angeles City College … in 2001. [In 2016] the foundation announced a $10.1 million donation … to provide all music majors at the school with a tuition-free education…. The gift still remains a lamentably rare example of a large gift flowing to a community college.” UCLA named its School of Music for Alpert in recognition of his philanthropic support. Says Alpert, “I just do what I can as an individual.”

Posted April 23, 2019