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Eli Broad steps in to rescue Juilliard program for low-income students

April 11, 2009 |  9:37 am

Eli_broad It's Eli Broad to the rescue again. This time, the beneficiary of the L.A. philanthropist's largess will be a Juilliard School student training program, which was slated to be eliminated in an upcoming round of budget cuts.

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation announced today it will pledge $425,000 over a four-year period to help bolster Juilliard's Music Advancement Program, which allows low-income and minority students access to the school's music-training resources. The two-year program in New York accepts about 50 applicants a year at virtually no cost to the students.

"We are pleased to be able to help Juilliard continue to offer the Music Advancement Program while the school raises additional funds it needs to sustain the program," Broad said in a statement. 

The donation will kick off a campaign to raise $1.5 million for the program.

Broad also took the opportunity to comment about the troubled Central L.A. Area High School No. 9, which is set to open in the fall despite lacking an executive director and an arts curriculum.

He said that the L.A. school needs programs similar to the ones offered by Juilliard, but added that these "components that will be difficult, if not impossible, to secure unless the school receives fiscal and operational flexibility and freedom."

The Los Angeles billionaire has contributed an estimated $1.5 million to support the L.A. arts specialty school at various phases.

On Friday, Broad told The Times that he and other donors would provide funding similar to what he has pledged to Juilliard if the L.A. school district can better manage its arts programs.

-- David Ng

Photo: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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