Edgerton Foundation Supports Beckmen YOLA Center with $4 Million

Dr. Brad Edgerton, Louise Edgerton and LA Phil’s CEO Chad Smith touring the construction site for the Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center at Inglewood.


The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association is deeply grateful to the Edgerton Foundation for its $4 million grant commitment, made on behalf of their donor-advised fund at the California Community Foundation, in support of the construction of the Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center at Inglewood. The grant—the largest single one in the Edgerton Foundation’s history—will be recognized in the naming of the Center’s 4,400-square-foot performance and rehearsal space: the Edgerton Foundation Performance Hall.

“The future of young musicians and leaders in Los Angeles is bright in many ways thanks to the LA Phil. We can’t wait to see the extraordinary impact YOLA–and now the Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center at Inglewood–will continue to have across this city and nationwide,” says Louise Edgerton.

Louise Edgerton has been a member of the LA Phil’s Board of Directors since 2008 and serves on the Board’s Learning and Community Committee. Through the Edgerton Foundation, Louise and her husband Dr. Brad Edgerton have generously supported innovative works and special projects featuring the LA Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall, including most recently through a Centennial Campaign gift underwriting Conductor Emeritus Zubin Mehta’s return to Los Angeles in December 2018 nearly six decades after his first appearance here.

Slated to open in fall 2020 in the civic center of the City of Inglewood, the 25,000-square-foot, $23.5 million Beckmen YOLA Center transforms the former branch office of Security Pacific Bank located at 101 South La Brea Avenue. The Edgerton Foundation Performance Hall will be located in the heart of the Center, viewable from street level through a glass façade. The Hall will feature a stage as well as auditorium seating for 250 people, with a Frank Gehry-designed glass roof that provides natural light and enhances the room’s acoustics. Additionally, the Hall will be separable into two smaller rehearsal or conference spaces to accommodate the needs of YOLA, the LA Phil, and community-based musicians.

The Beckmen YOLA Center will serve as many as 500 students a year from Inglewood and surrounding communities. The Center will provide a gathering place for students from existing and future YOLA sites and music educators from across the U.S. and around the world, be a cultural resource for the people of Inglewood, and act as the focal point of the LA Phil’s commitment to community engagement in the area

“We are very grateful that Brad and Louise have invested with us in this work. I look forward to the opening of the Center next year, and to thanking Brad and Louise again with the first strains of music played in the Edgerton Foundation Performance Hall,” says Chief Executive Officer Chad Smith.

We thank the Edgerton Foundation and Louise and Brad Edgerton for their extraordinary dedication to the future of the LA Phil and its surrounding communities.

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