The UCLA Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience (UCLA MAJE) made history with its official opening in 2020 as North America’s first permanent academic home for the study of Jewish American music, made possible through a generous gift from the Lowell Milken Family Foundation.
Housed in the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, the new Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience will foster artistic creativity, scholarship, performance and other cultural expression. As an academic partner to the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, UCLA MAJE amplifies the prestigious music school's efforts 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.
The UCLA MAJE also builds on the Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music at UCLA. That fund’s establishment in 2017 enabled the school of music to begin its collaboration with the Milken Archive and build a track record that opened the door to the more expansive center. The fund produced a diverse calendar of concerts, lectures and projects, ranging from klezmer workshops to large choral and orchestral performances to artist residencies and commissions of new music.
Find out more at https://schoolofmusic.ucla.edu/resources/lowellmilkenmaje/
“Shaped by Jews from every corner of the globe, who absorbed their host cultures while retaining their Jewish heritage, the Milken Archive is as diverse and beautiful as America itself. From the outset, our vision was to create a living archive making education central to our mission. The partnership with the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music positions the new center as a global leader in the field of music of American Jewish experience.” - Lowell Milken