OVERVIEW: Directed by Jerry Moss and his wife, Ann, the Moss Foundation gives away a million or two annually, mainly to various Los Angeles area outfits.
FUNDING AREAS: Health, Education, Environment, Animal Welfare
IP TAKE: Moss' philanthropy isn't quite as large-scale as his former business partner, Herb Alpert's, and the foundation doesn't have much of an online presence. Still, Moss has steadily supported several key interests over the years.
PROFILE: Moss grew up in the Bronx, received a degree in English from Brooklyn College, and served briefly in the army before moving to Los Angeles to become a music promoter. With Herb Alpert, he formed A&M Records. Releasing artists such as Carole King, Joe Cocker, and Peter Frampton, A&M became the world’s largest independent record label in less than a decade. It was eventually purchased by Polygram in 1989, netting Alpert and Moss a huge payday. In 2006, the pair was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their contributions to the music industry. Moss is worth about $700 million.
Moss and his wife, Ann, established the Moss Foundation in 1990, and give between $1 and $2 million annually, much of it in Los Angeles. As a music mogul, Moss has unsurprisingly keyed in on music and arts philanthropy. In Los Angeles, this has included recent sums to Hammer Museum, Geffen Playhouse, the Los Angeles Opera Company, and the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, MoCA, LACMA and Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, a non-profit which provides musical instruments. Annual sums have rarely exceeded $50,000 in recent years.
The couple is also into music education, where Adopt the Arts Foundation in West Hollywood, a nonprofit founded by a former Guns N' Roses drummer that supports arts programs in public elementary schools, and A Window Between Worlds in Venice, an arts program for domestic violence victims, have been supported. The couple has been heavily involved with New Roads School in Santa Monica, where in 2013, the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater was open to the public. The space is part of the larger Herb Alpert Educational Village on the school's campus.
While Moss attended Brooklyn College back east, he's been heavily involved with UCLA. Moss is a member of the UCLA Board of Visitors of the School of the Arts and Architecture. In 2004, the couple established the Moss Scholarship at the School of Arts and Architecture with at least $500,000. In recent years, funds have gone to UCLA outfits such as UCLA Center for East West Medicine, UCLA Athletics Department and UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television.
In health, the Moss couple have funded Los Angeles outfits such as Cedars Sinai Medical Center and City of Hope. Various local media outfits such as KCET and KCRW have also been supported.
Another large area of philanthropy for the couple is in environment and animal welfare, though much of this philanthropy takes place outside of Los Angeles. Moss and Ann are long-time thoroughbred horse breeders and owners, and their horses have won the Kentucky Derby and Breeder’s Cup. Moss has served as the California Horse Racing Board commissioner in the past.
The Moss Foundation doesn't have a website or offer a clear way for grantseekers to get in touch.
- Ann Holbrook Moss, President
- Jerome S. Moss, President
- Rachel Barchie, Executive Director