The Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music was established in 2017 with a gift from the Lowell Milken Family Foundation. Under the direction of Mark Kligman, the Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in  Jewish Music, the fund expands UCLA’s commitment to advancing the field of American Jewish Music.

The fund enables the school to build on the work of the Milken Archive of Jewish Music, a collection of recordings, scores and historical materials that document the Jewish experience in America over the past 350 years. The Milken Archive of Jewish Music was founded in 1990 by UCLA Alumnus Lowell Milken with a vision to record, preserve and disseminate the music born of and inspired by Jewish life in America.

Now, as an academic partner to the archive, the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music will use the fund to advance and advocate for the field of American Jewish music by contributing to research, scholarship and programs in the field at the undergraduate, graduate and faculty levels, while presenting concerts and symposia to engage and educate the community.