Los Angeles, CA—The Herb Alpert Foundation has provided a $300,000 grant to the Los Angeles City College Foundation for the benefit of LACC’s Music Department to support their programs and students for three years, starting with the 2013-2014 academic year. Rona Sebastian, President of the Herb Alpert Foundation, said that the Foundation is “delighted to have this opportunity to become more deeply involved with LACC and the music program.” Most notably, the grant will enable LACC to engage in an outreach effort aimed at offering an unprecedented scholarship opportunity for exceptional graduating high school seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in music from production to performance. These students, designated as Alpert Scholars, will be provided with complete support for two years to cover educational expenses, including textbooks, supplies and other unmet academic needs. Scholarship students will be part of the Applied Music (AA-T) program that guarantees the student entry into a four-year California State University or Applied Music (Transfer) program, entering as a junior into any four-year university or music conservatory. Students accepted into the program will be full-time music majors, receive individual lessons, and participate in master classes. Students can qualify for the program in any instrument (piano, woodwind, brass, strings, guitar and percussion), voice, and composition. As a result of this grant, the LACC Music Department will be able to double the size of its Applied Music program.
The existing funding of the Alpert Scholarships will also be expanded significantly. As a result, this opportunity will be life changing for students from underserved communities who are responsible for having to make choices between continuing their education and acquiring a job. Sixty-four percent of Applied Music students transferred to a four-year university and conservatory or received Associate of Arts degree following the 2012-2013 academic year. The transfer rate of the students in the Applied Music program is ten times greater than the average LACC student and have transferred to schools including the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, California Arts Institute, Berklee College of Music (Boston), Azusa Pacific University, Chapman University, Cornish University (Seattle), UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, University of Southern California, Oklahoma State University, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Los Angeles, and Cal State Long Beach, among others.
The Herb Alpert Foundation grant will also allow the department to maintain its more than 300 instruments, including pianos, electronic keyboards, woodwind, brass, percussion, and string instruments. The department’s two computer labs support hundreds of students and the grant will allow the department to upgrade computers, equipment and software. LACC President Renee Martinez commented, “We are very grateful to The Herb Alpert Foundation for providing this generous grant to support our music students in their quests to earn a certificate, degree or transfer to a four-year college. This funding will help students reach their educational goals and enter the workforce prepared to succeed.”