The Scholarship Audition Performance Preparatory Academy (SAPPA) began operation in 2002. It was created to provide training for youngsters interested in competing for music and arts scholarships. SAPPA soon grew into a music workshop program, reintroducing basic musical skills into communities with little or no music education opportunities. The program focuses on areas with high percentages of at-risk youngsters who are often not able to afford formal music training, thus being denied the proper introduction into the world of art and music and its many benefits. The workshops bring age appropriate general musical instruction to youngsters (ages 7 through 18) that is consistent with the standard arts frameworks of the California Public School systems: Aesthetic Perception (perceptual and conceptual development)
SAPPA has become an outreach program for the LA Music Center Spotlight Awards, California Summer School for the Arts, Pasadena Saturday Conservatory and the SESA Conservatory in Los Angeles, as well as other programs that are working to increase minority participation.
In 2004 SAPPA developed a pre-school program for the Center for Community and Family Services and currently conducts music programs in seven sites in the South LA/Compton area. SAPPA has partnered with the City of Carson and City of Pasadena Parks and Recreation Departments, LAUSD Beyond the Bell, Pasadena LEARNs and the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affaires Department to set up music workshops programs at various sites. Other components of the SAPPA program include the AX Instrument loan program, mentorship and performance opportunities for young artists.
SAPPA is a project of Pasadena Arts Council’s
EMERGE fiscal sponsorship program.
As a project of the Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship Program, donations to SAPPA are tax deductible. Pasadena Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Tax ID Number: 95-2540759.