The Music Center Announces $25 Million Gift from Philanthropists Tina and Jerry Moss to Benefit Programming and Enhance Access to Arts Experiences
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Music Center today announced it received a $25 million gift from Tina and Jerry Moss to benefit new programming initiatives. With this gift, the arts organization will establish an annual, free summer concert, open to all, to be held outdoors on the newly named Jerry Moss Plaza, located at The Music Center; sustain and enhance The Music Center’s commitment to free and low-cost events; and formally launch arts partnerships with community organizations to help uplift artists and their work, with an emphasis on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC ) artists. Jerry Moss, a longtime Music Center supporter since 1968, is the legendary music executive who co-founded A&M Records with partner Herb Alpert and guided the careers of major artists, including Quincy Jones, The Carpenters, Joe Cocker, Sting and Janet Jackson, among countless other music industry luminaries.
The $25 million gift is the largest single contribution for programming that The Music Center has received in its history and will be used to increase the breadth and depth of the organization’s public presentations. Other significant gifts over the years include $20 million from philanthropist Glorya Kaufman, which made it possible for the performing arts center to create the highly popular Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center series—featuring presentations by world-class dance companies—along with $12 million from The Music Center Board of Directors Chair Cindy Miscikowski and the Ring-Miscikowski/The Ring Foundation, which seeded the launch of the TMC Arts Fund to produce arts education, dance and public programs at The Music Center.
The Tina and Jerry Moss gift empowers the arts organization to sustain its current free and low-cost presentations while also creating new arts experiences, supporting The Music Center’s vision to deepen the cultural lives of all Angelenos by ensuring
The deadline to register to vote in Florida in the upcoming November election is midnight on Oct. 5, 2020, but some voters are having trouble registering online.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla — As Floridians rushed to meet the midnight deadline to register to vote in the November election, some ran into problems accessing the state’s voter registration website.
Just before 6 p.m., Secretary of State Laurel Lee tweeted that the online voter registration website was working.
“Due to high volume, for about 15 minutes, some users experienced delays while trying to register. We have increased capacity. You can register until midnight tonight,” Lee tweeted. “Thank you to those who immediately brought this to our attention.”
But an hour later, some voters still had problems accessing the website and received error messages.
“This is just the latest attempt from the Republican leaders in Florida to limit democracy,” Terrie Rizzo, Chair of the Florida Democratic Party, said in a statement Monday evening. “The Florida Voter Registration website not working on the last day to register to vote in Florida is blatant voter suppression. Fix the website, stop the suppression and let democracy work.”
First Coast News reached out to the Secretary of State and her office, but we have not yet heard back.
Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan said his office received an email from the state notifying them that the website had delays for about 15 minutes, but he was unaware there were still problems. He said he had not received any calls from voters having trouble registering to vote.
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Oct. 5 is the final day for Floridians to register to be eligible to vote Nov. 3; and just hours before the deadline, the state’s website is experiencing issues.
Registertovoteflorida.gov is the official website Floridians can use to register to vote ahead of the general election. Multiple reports have surfaced of users being unable to access the site or of people experiencing a slow response from the website.
The official cut off to register to vote in Florida is 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 5.
10 Tampa Bay has reached out to election officials for more information about the situation but has not yet received a response. However, Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee confirmed there had been problems Monday evening. According to her, those issues were linked to a high volume of people trying to register at once.
“We have increased capacity. You can register until midnight tonight,” Lee tweeted. “Thank you to those who immediately brought this to our attention.”
OVR is online and working. Due to high volume, for about 15 minutes, some users experienced delays while trying to register. We have increased capacity. You can register until midnight tonight.
Thank you to those who immediately brought this to our attention.
— Laurel M. Lee (@FLSecofState) October 5, 2020
This is a developing story; check back with 10 Tampa Bay for updates.
Anyone else having issues?? With just about 6 hours left until the deadline to register to vote in #Florida, the website appears to be down. Nothing is loading for me. @10TampaBay @FLSecofState https://t.co/MYUZuUmxXm
— Josh Sidorowicz WTSP (@JoshWTSP) October 5, 2020
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Florida’s online voter registration system appeared to encounter problems Monday evening, with only hours to go before the registration deadline for the 2020 general election.
Some Floridians attempting to access RegistertovoteFlorida.gov found slow responses or error messages.
Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee, who oversees the elections website, tweeted just before 6 p.m. that some users had “experienced delays while trying to register” due to high volume on the site. In the tweet, Lee said the state had increased capacity and that the problem had only occurred for about 15 minutes.
However, a Times reporter could not access the site on their mobile phone after Laurel’s tweet was sent out or an hour later.
A spokesman for the Florida Department of State did not immediately respond to a voicemail and email sent just after 6 p.m.
Floridians have until midnight to register online if they want to be eligible to vote in the 2020 general election.
Juan Peñalosa, executive director of the Florida Democratic Party, tweeted that the website problems were “voter suppression” and pointed to other times the state’s website had had problems.
Indeed, this is not the first time the state has had glitches with its voter registration website during peak demand times, including ahead of the 2018 voter registration deadline.
In June, Department of State spokesman Mark Ard said his department had “rigorously tested the online voter registration site, RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov, for capacity and we are confident that the system will be able to process and support Florida’s voters and potential voters registering or updating their voter registration before the August and November elections.”
He added that the state “will continually upgrade to increase functionality of the site and system.”
Ard did not respond at the time to specific questions about the site’s capacity or how many