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Gifts & Grants


Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts supports the community by awarding grants. California Philharmonic Orchestra is a past grant recipient.


PSHA supports the community by awarding grants. Academy of Music for the Blind is a past grant recipient.

Each year, PSHA awards gifts & grants to a diverse list of non-profit organizations to support their efforts in the community.

Each year, PSHA awards gifts and grants to a broad and diverse list of non-profit organizations to support their efforts in the community. We underwrite concerts to ensure that the joy of live music is made available to a wide range of audiences. We support choirs, musical theater, school marching bands, dance programs, opera, jazz bands and orchestras. This enriches the community and provides opportunities for a variety of groups – from students to seniors – to learn, enjoy and grow from their experiences in these programs.

Over the years, gifts and grants have included music education at all levels, music therapy for at-risk children, the underwriting of concerts, the purchase of instruments and uniforms, as well as other art programs.

There are a multitude of outstanding and vibrant programs that struggle each year. PSHA intends to offer as much aid as possible to help in the exceptional work they do and to be part of the cultural legacy they provide for us all.

The application deadline ended November 30, 2023.

Please check back in Fall 2024 for information on how to apply.

How to Apply:

  • Introduction PDF

  • Guidelines PDF

  • W9 PDF

  • FAQ

  • How To Submit a Report on Common Grant Application Site

  • How To Apply on Common Grant Application Site

  • Past Recipients PDF


PSHA supports the community by awarding grants. Pasadena Symphony Association is a past grant recipient.


PSHA makes grants only to organizations classified as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and local schools. PSHA does not make grants to individuals or to for-profit organizations. Consideration will only be given to grants for programs administered and conducted in the County of Los Angeles with special consideration given to the greater Pasadena area of California.

You should check the listing of Ineligible Requests in our Grant Guidelines. In addition to not awarding grants to individuals, PSHA does not fund construction or debt reduction.

Grant size varies from program to program. Generally speaking, smaller grants are made to support programs that work closely with community-based and direct-service organizations; more substantial grants are made to support larger organizations and services such as symphonic associations.

The application deadline was November 30, 2023. If you have not received an email confirmation from us acknowledging receipt of your application within 10 days of your submission, please contact us via email at [email protected].

Notifications regarding Grants will be sent in April of 2024.

You may submit as many applications as you wish, although organizations are encouraged to prioritize their own needs before contacting PSHA. Each request will be reviewed independently, using the guidelines on the application and in the Grant Guidelines, and evaluated on its own merits.

Although not typical, PSHA has awarded more than one grant to an organization for different departments, independent projects or different schools within a district.

Organizations may submit new proposals each year. An organization currently receiving funding from PSHA is generally expected to fulfill all the terms and reporting requirements of its current grant before it can submit a proposal for a new grant. On occasion, PSHA may permit an organization to submit a new proposal before the current grant has expired to ensure continuity of funding.

PSHA will consider support for media-based programs/events only if the content and use of media address or, in some way, advance one or more of PSHA's specific objectives. Proposals involving media will be evaluated using the same criteria and standards applied to all other proposals.

Members of the Gifts & Grants Committee may not accept any gift or gratuity from a grant applicant, other than tickets to an event directly sponsored by PSHA.

Correspondence relating to the grant application should be directed to the Gifts & Grants Chair at [email protected]. All other correspondence should be directed to the President at Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, P.O. Box 93486, Pasadena, CA 91109.

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