Sessions LA Summer Institute 2014 GoFundMe Campaign


We need your help! Sessions LA has just launched a GoFundMe fundraising campaign to raise $5,000 to cover the costs of our 2014 Sessions LA Summer Institute. We have 18 days left to reach our goal – the campaign ends on July 31st .

What is the Sessions LA Summer Institute?

Sessions LA’s Summer Institute is a 3-month intensive summer music program organized and run by Sessions LA. It is targeted to youth ages 15 to 20 years that have either some musical training or have participated in our Fall & Spring Sessions program. The Summer Institute’s goal is to draw from and build upon the beginner & intermediate level DJ, Production, Recording, and Writing / Vocal Performance skills learned in our Fall & Spring Sessions to produce an original album. Through this process, we hope that the young artists can not only improve upon their music performance and technology skills, but also will find a stronger voice in using their artforms to tell the stories of their community.

Our Mission & History

Sessions LA is a music writing, production, recording, & DJ program for youth and young adults in Los Angeles. Our mission is to promote youth development, nurture critical thinking, and foster community building through the process of creating music.

Sessions was started in 2005 at Search To Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA), a youth and community center located in LA’s Rampart District/Historic Filipinotown. Over the years, Sessions has released a number of mixtapes and albums that are entirely written, produced, and recorded by the youth in our program.

For more information about the Summer Institute and Sessions LA, please visit our website:

Where Does Your Money Go?

We need to raise $5,000 by July 31, 2014.

The funds will go towards paying for teaching artists and guest workshoppers, much-needed music equipment, album production costs (mixing, mastering, and pressing physical copies), merchandise, culminating student concert costs, and fiscal sponsorship and administrative fees.

Sessions LA is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. That means, for US residents, your donation is tax-deductible!

Power in Numbers

Help us get the word out about the Summer Institute campaign! The more people that know about it, the more likely we are to make our goal. You can attend multiple fundraising events throughout the month of May. Or, take the more traditional route and have a conversation about it. Every action counts!

Album Theme

This year our students have decided to explore the intersections between trauma, healing, and metal health. The young artists will use their real life experiences to inform their song writing and production on the album.

Past Summer Albums

Summer 2011: Bad Man’s World (Theme: Realities Of LA Living)

Summer 2012: Truth Be Told (Theme: The Personal Is Political)


Summer 2013: Root Notes (Theme: Personal Roots)


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Sessions LA is fiscally sponsored by Pilipino Workers Center of Southern California.

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