Founded in 1990 by Lowell Milken, chairman and co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation, The Milken Archive of Jewish Music is committed to preserving and presenting music of the American Jewish experience; music that reflects the scope and variety of Jewish life in America, and also demonstrates the universality of the Jewish experience and its relevance to all faiths and backgrounds.
The Milken Archive has grown to encompass 700 recorded works—500 of them world-premiere recordings— more than 800 hours of oral history videos, and a database of approximately 50,000 photographs. Its new virtual museum website makes this content available to educate and inspire people of all cultures.
The related Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music is part of UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music. In 2020, the Fund is presenting five distinct series of virtual Jewish music programs, including Jewish Music Masterclass, Learn to Play, Chamber Music of the American Jewish Experience, Album Drop, and Jewish Music Book Talks.