The Music Center announced Thursday it has received a $25 million gift from the co-founder of A&M Records and his wife to benefit new programming initiatives, including a free annual summer concert.
The gift from Jerry and Tina Moss is the largest single contribution the center has ever received for programming.
The money will go toward to establish an annual concert that will be held outdoors on the newly named Jerry Moss Plaza at The Music Center, officials said, noting that the yearly show will feature a headliner and performers whose “artistry and appeal resonate with Moss’s music legacy.”
The gift will also be used to enhance the center’s commitment to free and low-cost events, launch arts partnerships with community organizations to uplift artists and their work — with an emphasis on artists who are Black, indigenous and people of color — and help the center invest in critical amenities, including the purchase and installation of a state-of-the-art sound system for the Jerry Moss Plaza that will be used for the new summer concert and other events.
“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 The Music Center over the years for wonderful, entertaining cultural experiences,” the couple said 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 to 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.”
Rachel Moore, The Music Center’s president and CEO, said Jerry Moss “built a music empire with great integrity, rooted in a deep respect for the creative process and a commitment to believing in and taking care of artists. Guided by these values, he brought some of this century’s most extraordinary performers and music into the lives of people around the world, and we will honor his legacy in the music industry with a spectacular free concert each summer.
“Yet, beyond that opportunity, the Mosses’ donation makes it possible for The Music Center team to expand and deepen our work as a cultural anchor institution and to be a model for transformational change — to advance programming that is not only geographically, economically and culturally representative of L.A. County, but that also resonates in the hearts and minds of all Angelenos and meaningfully impacts their lives,” Moore said.
Moss co-founded A&M Records with Herb Alpert in 1962 and has long been active in the Thoroughbred horse racing industry, winning the Kentucky Derby with Giacomo in 2005 and the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2009 with the mare Zenyatta, who went on to win the 2010 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year. His wife is a licensed integrative health and relationship expert who founded LifeDr.com.
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