Tag: gift

08
Oct
2020
Posted in programming

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

29
Sep
2020
Posted in programming

Give your kid (or yourself) the gift of $634 worth of programming books for $15

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Humble Bundle

My son has wanted to learn to code for years. Thanks to the folks at Humble Bundle, I know what I’m buying him for his birthday this week — $634 worth of programming books for a mere $15. By now, you surely know about Humble Bundle, where you get to set your own price and buy awesome bundles at insanely low prices, while the proceeds are split between Humble, the publisher and charity. This week it’s 19 ebooks for aspiring coders. 

The bundle benefits the United Negro College Fund and the No Starch Press Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit created to support the worldwide hacker communities. The proceeds will go, in part, to providing scholarships to minority students and building a nationwide project to develop diverse STEM professionals.

There are three tiers to the bundle. You can pay as little as a dollar and get a half-dozen ebooks that include Think Like a Programmer, Perl One-Liners and Learn Java the Easy Way. If you pay $8 or more you get everything in the first tier plus another 7 ebooks covering topics like Lisp, SQL and Python. And for the full $15, there are six more ebooks, including  The Secret Life of Programs: Understand Computers — Craft Better Code, Eloquent JavaScript and C++ Crash Course. (Check out the whole list Humble.)

There are 19 books in total, and not only can you choose which tier you want to unlock based on how much you pay, but in typical Humble style, you can dial in where your money goes, choosing how much of the contribution goes to the publisher, the charities and Humble itself.

This is a great collection of titles, and if you or someone you know is an aspiring coder, there’s surely something here of interest. And it’s