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The Herb Alpert Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-17

At A Glance

The Herb Alpert Foundation

1414 6th St.

Santa Monica, CA United States 90401-2510


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business; Entertainment
  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $11,539,954

Total giving: $4,639,500






Established in 1988 in CA - Founded by Herb Alpert, a renowned trumpet player and composer who became famous for his group "Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass". Alpert later went on to co-found A&M Records.

Purpose and Activities

Support primarily for arts, with focus on arts education, jazz and support to professionals, as well as compassion and well being.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Alpert Awards in the Arts

This program provides unrestricted grants of $75,000 each, given annually to five risk-taking mid-career artists working the fields of dance, film/video, music theatre, and the visual arts, and is administered by the California Institute of the Arts.

Herb Alpert Scholarship for Emerging Young Artists

This program is administered through California State Summer School for the Arts and honors seven young artists annually with significant support towards the institutions of their choosing.

Lawndale Elementary School District Education Initiative

Currently in its eighth year, this program provides five years of weekly skills-based and sequential arts classes to the districts more than 4,000 elementary students and ongoing professional development to its teachers.

The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts

This program pursues a vision of music that embraces not only American "new" music but also the musical languages of the world. Its curriculum emphasizes mastering a wide range of musical literature and ideas, as well as the ability to move among musical styles, instruments and media.

UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

This program aligns the three renowned departments of Ethnomusicology, Music and Musicology and combines musical diversity, inter-disciplinary studies, liberal arts values, and professional training in a way that takes advantage of its position within a great research university.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Arts education
  • Music
Population Groups
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Artists and performers
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Young adults
  • Schools

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $11,539,954 (market value)

Gifts received: $567,683

Expenditures: $5,851,881

Total giving: $4,639,500

Qualifying distributions: $4,639,500

Giving activities include:

$4,639,500 for 85 grants (high: $619,000; low: $500)