Herb Alpert is a leading philanthropist, musician, former music executive, and artist. Through The Herb Alpert Foundation, established in the early 1980s, Herb and his wife Lani Hall support innovative arts education programs, particularly those that benefit underserved and at-risk youth. In addition, their foundation supports selected initiatives related to “compassion and well-being” that celebrate the positive aspects of human psychology and encourage a more compassionate society.
Herb and Lani donated $30 million to UCLA in 2007 to establish and endow the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. They also donated $24 million to Cal Arts for its music curricula and other initiatives, including a $15 million gift in 2008 to endow The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts.
In 1994, Alpert and Hall established the Alpert Awards in the Arts, an unrestricted prize of $75,000 given annually to five risk-taking mid-career artists working in the fields of dance, film/video, music, theatre and the visual arts. The Alpert Prize recognizes experimenters who are making something that matters within and beyond their fields. The Prize is administered by CalArts.
In 2012, The Herb Alpert Foundation made a grant of more than $5 million to establish an endowment at the Harlem School of the Arts. The endowment will fund scholarships for needy students, retire debt, and enhance the school’s programs and facilities. In recognition of this gift and prior grants, The Herb Alpert Center will be created at Harlem School of the Arts.
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, 2007
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 2006
Grammy Trustees Award
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, 1997