The Mission of PASF is to provide financial assistance to students of the performing arts and to support music educational outreach organizations in the Santa Barbara community.
The Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation (PASF) was formed in 1982 by the late Sylvia Dellar to provide financial aid to deserving vocal and instrumental students with professional performance potential who live and/or study music in Santa Barbara County.
The financial aid is given via an annual competition for which eligible students audition. Those students who are selected to compete win cash prizes based on the award given them by the professional panel of judges. Our flexible funding policies enable students to use their award funds in their career development, whether it be payment for music lessons, tuition for music school, summer music programs abroad, and instrument improvement.
Since its inception, PASF has helped hundreds of students in their performing arts goals through the competition award funds, as well as encouragement awards to select students in the audition process. Awards are given on the basis of talent and skill first, but also with consideration of their financial need.