Celebration 2009 is the culmination of years of dedication. Guided by the singular vision of musician, educator and founder of SAPPA (Scholarship Audition Performance Academy) Billy Mitchell, andwill be the second major fundraiser to date. It aims not only to strengthen public awareness and community involvement. Celebrity host Pat Prescott (94.7 The Wave), will host.
In recognition of those who are using music and the arts to move our communities forward, the SAPPA Educator of the Year award will be given to Jazz legend and educator, Kenny Burrell. The evening will include special guest performances by Jazz and Blues great Barbara Morrison, and an array of top notch musicians, all coming together in support of the SAPPA mission. Wednesday, September 16, 2008 6:00 to 10:00 PM. The California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90037
In 2002, world-renowned musician Billy Mitchell founded the Scholarship Audition Performance Preparatory Academy (SAPPA) that provides music workshops for youngsters in underserved areas. These programs, supported by funding from organizations such as the Herb Alpert Foundation, Boeing Community Fund, Toyota, and the Levitt Foundation, give hundreds of youngsters the opportunity to learn basic music concepts and experience musical instruments.
Their Audition Workshops prepare talented students for performing arts competitions and scholarship programs. SAPPA is a member of the Pasadena Arts Council (A nonprofit charity exempt from federal income tax under 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code)