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Music Center Receives $20 Million Gift for Dance

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at 08:47AM
The Dance Philanthropist Ed Fuentes

Glorya Kaufman with children of Inner City Arts at a February event announcing her donation of $1 million to the organization's dance program.

Philanthropist Glorya Kaufman is the guest of honor at the Music Center this morning, where the facility is announcing her gift of $20 million to its dance endowment. It is the second Downtown dance donation in just over a month for Kaufman, who in February donated $1 million to Inner City Arts.

The official announcement will take place at a 9:45am press conference, but the L.A. Times has the details in a story that went live just after midnight. Music Center officials say that the endowment will create a $1 million yearly revenue stream that it plans to use as funding for dance programming. While the Music Center does not have a resident dance company, it brings in outside dance groups and runs educational dance programs.

Kaufman has given a number of large dance-related donations, including a gift of $18 million to UCLA and $6 million to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York. Inner City Arts named its program the Glorya Kaufman Dance Academy after her recent gift.

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