An Academic Home for Music of the American Jewish Experience

Creating new audiences with music as the mirror
The Lowell Milken Center is committed to introducing new people beyond UCLA’s campus to the musical journeys of America’s Jews and engaging them with this wonderfully rich musical heritage. The Center fosters new artistic expression, presents performances and offers educational programming in communities, such as the adult education curriculum, called Stories of Music. Much of this engagement happens through partnerships with local, national and international organizations, and features artists from UCLA, Los Angeles and beyond.


Furthering knowledge and understanding of Jewish music
Music of American Jewish experience has its first permanent dedicated academic home with the establishment of the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience. It unites the academic and the artistic, showcasing artists, scholars and educators to share their sounds and stories. The founding gift from philanthropist Lowell Milken advances understanding of and knowledge about the musical heritage of Jews in America. It also accelerates growth and commitment to the field by contributing to research, scholarship and performance programs at the undergraduate, graduate and faculty levels. The Lowell Milken Center builds upon the activities of the Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music, established at UCLA in 2017, to expand the reach of the Milken Archive and its vast holdings of recordings, scores and historical materials to students, scholars and the public.

On-Demand events
Live Performance
Secret Chord Concerts: Andy Statman Trio
A performance by the Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist master of klezmer and bluegrass, Andy Statman, who is joined by Jim Whitney on bass and Larry Eagle on drums.
Live Performance
The Gates of Justice
A historic performance of The Gates of Justice took place in February 2023 at UCLA’s iconic Royce Hall. For the first time ever, Brubeck’s sons performed as the accompanying jazz trio.
Live Performance
Spotlight on Inna Faliks
Ukrainian-born pianist Inna Faliks has established herself as one of the most communicative, and poetic artists of her generation.
Academic Talk
Jewish Music Masterclass Featuring Gerard Edery
Learn about Edery's work as he engages with attendees and explores the inspirations behind his compositions.