The Music Center in Los Angeles has announced a $25 million gift from Tina and Jerry Moss to enhance its programming and enhance access to arts experiences in Los Angeles County.
The largest gift in the center’s history will establish a number of new initiatives, including a free summer concert series to be held outdoors on the newly named Jerry Moss Plaza, and will support the organization’s commitment to providing free and low-cost events and programming that is relevant to and reflective of the region’s diverse communities. To that end, the center will formally launch partnerships with community-based organizations aimed at uplifting artists and their work, with a focus on Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) artists.
Jerry Moss, a music executive who co-founded A&M Records with Herb Alpert, has helped support the Music Center since 1968.
“Music and the arts have always been a large part of our lives as well as providing a sense of passion and purpose. We have gone to [t]he Music Center over the years for wonderful, entertaining cultural experiences,” said Tina and Jerry Moss in a statement. “Given its focus on reaching even more Angelenos with meaningful, relevant programs, The Music Center is well-positioned to realize our dreams for this gift; we are thrilled with the organization’s plans not only to build capacity to deepen the cultural lives of L.A. residents, but also to pay it forward and help strengthen the ability of artists who don’t often have the chance to create and innovate due to lack of support.”