Violinist Itzhak Perlman, long venerated for his advocacy as much as his esteemed career, will donate all multimillion-dollar earnings through his Genesis Prize laureateship to several charities. The US- and Israel-based programs are specifically music oriented or aid those with disabilities.
Perlman, 70, was named 2016’s laureate of the Genesis Prize—often compared to the Nobel Prize and awarded by the Prime Minister of Israel—last December. The annual award includes $1 million and “honors exceptional individuals who have attained excellence in their professional field, have made a significant contribution to humanity, and serve as an inspiration to others through their dedication to Jewish values and the State of Israel.” Since the announcement, Perlman’s endowment has tripled to $3 million upon contributions from other parties.
Perlman announced at the time of his award that in lieu of accepting the money, he would donate it to philanthropic projects benefitting those with disabilities or promoting music and music education. “I am honored to be given the opportunity to distribute the Genesis Prize funds to these worthy causes,” Perlman says.