LA Opera - Photo by Taso Papadakis

LA Opera is a 2021 Gifts & Grants recipient. Photo by Taso Papadakis.




$250,000 awarded to 57 organizations throughout
Los Angeles County


We are pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Gifts & Grants program. The 2020/21 cohort represents 57 organizations from the greater Pasadena area and throughout Los Angeles County. A total of $250,000 in gifts and grants are being distributed to support music and arts programs, including underwriting community performances, academy and conservatory scholarships, music therapy, and music education. 


“I am proud that Pasadena Showcase has remained committed to supporting these local music programs, in spite of the unprecedented economic uncertainty of the past year. While we were not able to open our doors for the 2020 Pasadena Showcase House of Design, the dedication of our members, as well as the continued support of our donors, sponsors, and most importantly, visitors, have allowed us to maintain our philanthropic mission.” 

—Barbara Damerel, 2020/21 President



Academy of Music for the Blind (Monrovia)
Alma Backyard Farms (Los Angeles)
American Youth Symphony (El Segundo)
Angelica Center for Arts and Music (Los Angeles)
Arcadia Music Club (Arcadia)
Assistance League of Los Angeles (Los Angeles)
Boston Court Pasadena (Pasadena)
Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena (Pasadena)
California State Summer School Arts Foundation (Los Angeles)
California State University Dominguez Hills Philanthropic Foundation (Carson)
Choral Parents Association (La Cañada Flintridge)
Colburn School (Los Angeles)
Crescenta Valley Instrumental Music Foundation (Verdugo City)
Elemental Music (Santa Monica)
Families Forward Learning Center (Pasadena)
Friends of SMHS Visual and Performing Arts (San Marino)
Global Arts Corporation (Los Angeles)
Grand Vision Foundation (San Pedro)
The Harmony Project (Los Angeles)
Hillsides (Pasadena)
La Canada Flintridge Educational Foundation (La Cañada Flintridge)
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (Los Angeles)
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (Pasadena)
Los Angeles Master Chorale (Los Angeles)
Los Angeles Opera Company (Los Angeles)
Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (Los Angeles)
Los Angeles Youth Philharmonic (Los Angeles)
Makoto Taiko (Pasadena)
The Marianne Frostig Center of Educational Therapy (Pasadena)
Monrovia Unified School District (Monrovia)
MUSE/IQUE (Pasadena)
The Music Center (Los Angeles)
Music Heals Minds (Pasadena)
The Music Center (Los Angeles)Musyca Children’s Choir (Northridge)
Neighborhood Music School (Los Angeles)
Nevenka East European Folk Ensemble (Sherman Oaks)
Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services (Los Angeles)
Pacific Opera Project (Los Angeles)
The Pasadena Community Orchestra Foundation (Pasadena)
Pasadena Conservatory of Music (Pasadena)
Pasadena Senior Center (Pasadena)
Pasadena Symphony Association (Pasadena)
Professional Child Development Associates (Pasadena)
Salastina (Glendale)
San Fernando Valley Youth Chorus (Canoga Park)
Santa Cecilia Orchestra (Los Angeles)
Saturday Night Bath Concert Fund (Lawndale)
South Pasadena Educational Foundation (South Pasadena)
Southern California Children’s Museum (Pasadena)
Therapeutic Living Centers for the Blind (Reseda)
USC Thornton School of Music (Los Angeles)
Villa Esperanza Services (Pasadena)
The Vizionz Project (Los Angeles)
Vox Femina Los Angeles (Culver City)
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Beverly Hills)
Young Musicians Foundation (Los Angeles)


“While we were not able to open our doors this year, my hope is that these grants will help organizations ensure their doors remain open, in whatever capacity. Many of these organizations have themselves pivoted to online or hybrid instruction, virtual performances, and other innovative ventures to sustain their mission and impact within the community. I’m also proud that 79% of awarded projects will benefit low- to moderate-income families.”

—Marybeth Rehman-Dittu, 2020/21 Gifts & Grants Chair 


Pasadena Showcase has awarded over $23 million since 1948 to support local symphonic, cultural, and educational programs for all ages. Learn more about Gifts & Grants

Like many nonprofit organizations, we’ve persevered through the pandemic and have remained committed to our mission and funding these important organizations through our Gifts & Grants program. Your support is crucial to ensuring these organizations stay funded through these unprecedented times. Thank you.

Join Pasadena Showcase as a volunteer member and take pride in supporting these organizations. We are actively planning for our major benefit, the 2022 Pasadena Showcase House of Design. We need your help! Joining Pasadena Showcase is fun, gratifying, and makes a difference. 


LA Master Chorale High School Choir Festival.




American Youth Symphony.


Academy of Music for the Blind.



MUSYCA Children’s Choir.





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