Herb Alpert Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Herb Alpert Foundation awards grants to Los Angeles area nonprofits in the areas of arts education, jazz music, art professionals, and compassion and wellbeing.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts education, jazz music, art professionals, compassion and wellbeing

IP TAKE: This foundation is best known for its artist awards, but there are some opportunities here too for human services organizations in Los Angeles.

PROFILE: Established in the late-1980s, the Herb Alpert Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of Herb Alpert and his wife, Lani Hall. Alpert and his business partner, Jerry Moss, created A&M Records and produced many music albums. The duo sold the music label to Polygram for $500 million, and he is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist himself as well. Alpert’s foundation seeks to support “those organizations who mission is to promote compassion and creativity in our society.” Funding areas of interest include arts education, jazz music, art professionals, and compassion and wellbeing.

Much of the Alpert Foundation’s giving focuses on the arts, and this type of giving spans all ages and supports young children as well as adults who are committed to the arts. The foundation’s arts education giving focuses on early experiences in the arts that can expand creative thinking later in life. These grants typically go towards classes and workshops in theater, music, dance, and visual and media arts in school and in after school programs. The foundation also supports jazz music as an art form and professional artists who are making significant contributions to the world. Jazz grants focus on maintaining a vibrant jazz community and inspiring the next general of jazz artists. Meanwhile, professional artist grants offer unrestricted support to mid-career artists.

Aside from music grants, the Alpert foundation awards compassion and wellbeing grants to support emergency needs, policy advocacy, and building strong communities. According to the foundation website, “A common theme among each of these programs is individuals finding their sense of agency.”

Many Alpert Foundation grants are in the $75,000 range. Grantseekers can see a list of past grantees on the Our Grantees section of the funder’s website. The foundation specifically focuses grantmaking on the Greater Los Angeles region, although it awards some grants nationally as well. However, it does not provide international grants. Foundation grants are made on an invitation-only basis.

Therefore, the Alpert Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding. It focuses its work on specific priority areas and makes decisions based on staff-conducted research. The foundation used to fund other issue areas, such as health, the environment, and medical research, but has focused on fewer priority areas since the mid-2000s. This foundation does not welcome direct contact but rather directs inquirers to an organization called Contact C4 Global Communications at 310-899-2727 or info@C4Global.com. Based in Santa Monica, California, the listed phone number for the foundation is 818-528-3545.

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