Mike Curb was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1944. He went to Grant High School in Los Angeles, before attending California State University. While at CSU, Curb launched his first record company, which eventually led him to MGM Records. He later founded Curb Records, and over the years, he has worked with many major recording artists such Hank Williams, Jr., and the Judds. He's also worked as a songwriter, and even held office as California's lieutenant governor, from 1979 to 1983.
It's unclear how much he's worth, but Curb's rich background in entertainment, politics and beyond has translated to rather robust philanthropy. In 1998, he established the Mike Curb Family Foundation. The foundation has a website, but it provides only limited information, with no clear grant guidelines or ways to get in touch. Curb focuses his philanthropy on higher education, and in 2006, gave $10 million to California State University, Northridge, to establish the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication.
Curb's education philanthropy extends far beyond the school he attended, however. He's funded related efforts at Baylor University, home to the Curb Learning Lab for Music & Entertainment Marketing; Belmont University, home to the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business; UCLA's Mike Curb Music and Technology Lab at the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center; CSU Channel Islands' Mike Curb Studios; and The Curb College of Music Entertainment and Art at Daytona State College, among others.
He's also given to programs at HBCUs: the Mike Curb Music Business, Entertainment & Sports Institute at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach was launched in January 2015. Curb has funded Fisk University in Nashville, as well.
He's given to Vanderbilt, including $1 million annually, of late. Curb's philanthropy at Vanderbilt includes the Curb Family Rehabilitation Clinic and the Curb Center for Art; and Enterprise and Public Policy, a "a national policy center committed to research and teaching that challenges leaders to rethink the place of art and creativity in our world." He's given to Claremont McKenna in suburban Los Angeles, where there's a Curb Professorship for Business and Law. Apart from higher education, Curb supports Junior Achievement, where he's created free enterprise centers in Nashville and Los Angeles. He's also given to KIPP Aspire Academy - San Antonio.
Curb's philanthropy also involves supporting arts outfits such as Grammy Museum, Johnny Cash Museum, Nashville Symphony, and the Memphis Rock N' Soul Museum. In 2006, the foundation also purchased Elvis Presley's first home on Audubon Drive in Memphis and has worked to restore it and other historic music sites. Curb has a penchant for motorsports and NASCAR and there's a Curb Museum for Music and Motorsports in North Carolina. He's also earmarked funds for anti-poverty and homelessness efforts in Tennessee, and supports churches.
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