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U of L's School of Music receives its biggest-ever monetary gift

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - It's a sweet sound for the University of Louisville.

U of L's School of Music is receiving its largest donation in the school's 82-year-history, according to a news release.

The school's Jazz Studies program is getting $6.3 million in funding from Max Baumgardner, who is a former pilot and investor from Louisville.

The money will fund faculty positions, student scholarships and additional programming.

Baumgarnder will donate a total of $12.6 million to U of L. The other half of the money will go to U of L athletics. 

"This gift will preserve the Jazz Studies program and ensure that it remains the premiere program of its kind in the state for the foreseeable future," said Christopher Doane, Dean of the School of Music. "Not many university programs have support to this degree and we are exceedingly grateful to Max as our benefactor for recognizing the value of Jazz Studies and the significance of supporting the arts."

Baumgardner said his love of music is what inspired his donation. 

"I've always loved music," said Baumgardner. "I'm sort of a fanatic."

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