SAPPA is the Resource Center for Music Scholarships, Competitions, Schools and Programs serving the greater Los Angeles area.
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.
In addition to the workshops, the SAPPA program includes the AX Instrument loan program, which provides students with access to musical instruments that they might not otherwise be able to afford. SAPPA also offers mentorship and performance opportunities for young artists, helping them to develop their skills and showcase their talent.
Overall, SAPPA’s mission is to provide music education to children who might not have access to it otherwise, giving them the tools and resources they need to pursue their passion and achieve their dreams.