UCLA plans to name its new music facility after an alumnus with some of the best ears in the business. His talent formed the foundation of a $10 million gift to the school.
The namesake of the planned Ostin Music Center is veteran record executive Mo Ostin, who shepherded Warner Music through its most prosperous and influential era. People who know music – like Frank Sinatra – knew him well.
That’s one reason Sinatra chose Ostin to run his label Reprise Records. From there, Ostin eventually became Warner’s chief executive – with a roster of artists that included the Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, Ry Cooder and Paul Simon.
Ostin’s reputation as a musician’s producer with a businessman’s savvy paved his way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame eight years ago. After he retired from Warner Music, Ostin headed DreamWorks SKG Music.
The music center UCLA plans to begin building next spring will include a recording studio, rehearsal and teaching spaces and an Internet-based production center. School officials hope to open the facility in about three years.