EMERGE Program

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Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE program provides support, resources, and opportunities to a broad spectrum of independent artists, collectives, and small arts organizations. Our goal is to provide artists with the necessary tools to create a sustainable practice while allowing them to remain independent, dynamic, and responsive to the ever changing social and economic contexts in which they live and work.

EMERGE engages visual art, dance, music, literary arts, theater, arts education, and community festivals across the greater Los Angeles region. Combined, these projects raise over $1.2 million each year for the arts in our community.

The EMERGE program provides resources and benefits for projects in several ways, including:

  • Fiscal sponsorship through PAC’s tax-exempt status as 501(c)(3)-classified organization
  • Financial management and oversight
  • Donor acknowledgements
  • Assistance with crowdsourcing campaigns, including Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Razoo, and RocketHub
  • Service provider recommendations (graphic designers, insurance, ticketing services, grant writers, web designers)
  • Fundraising consultation
  • Access to a database of thousands of local, national, and international foundations
  • Marketing support through our monthly email newsletter and social media
  • Professional development workshops

Individuals or organizations are eligible to apply on behalf of projects that meet the following criteria:

  • Objectives which fall within PAC’s mission of facilitating and empowering the arts.
  • Artistic and/or programmatic excellence
  • Organizational and financial viability

PAC may not consider projects with proposed budgets less than $5,000

PAC charges an administrative fee of 7% on all donations and income, and projects are charged a $100 annual program membership fee.

Click here to apply.

The Pasadena Arts Council is a member of the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors, committed to raising the understanding of fiscal sponsorship among the public and funders, sharing a desire to build best practices, and working to enhance the sector by building capacity to advance public benefit.

If you have questions about the EMERGE program please contact