How to Donate

2020 Campaign

Online Arts Education

Starting Arts is mining the creativity of our artists and staff to develop innovative online curricula. We are creatively utilizing web-based rehearsal and virtual performance opportunities for our theatre productions as well as pioneering online visual and performing arts classes designed to fully engage students' minds AND bodies. Starting Arts is uniquely positioned to guide schools and their students towards this new educational paradigm - But we need your help to make it happen!

Check out some of our FREE online arts resources HERE
Starting Arts

How to Become a Donor

Starting Arts is a California 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote arts education in public schools. We are committed to limiting administrative infrastructure and ensuring that monies received are spent educating children. Our innovative partnerships with school districts allow Starting Arts to limit overhead costs by utilizing school sites free of charge. We also partner with local city agencies and corporations for the use of performance facilities at a nominal cost.

Starting Arts actively solicits and receives services and operating funds from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Monies are primarily spent on artist salaries, teaching supplies and technical support. We are prepared to accept a variety of contributions, i.e. cash, stock, capital goods and/or services. All donations are tax-deductible.

Learn how Starting Arts were initially funded and which companies have generously contributed to our success here. Starting Arts is grateful for the wonderful and partners and donors that have gotten us to where we are now.

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Donor Perks

Please take a look at the exciting perks our donors receive! Whether it's a special SA experience or a reminder that you supported the arts every time you take a sip of coffee (SWAG!), we want our donors to know they are appreciated and are an important part of the arts community in the Bay Area.

There are several ways to

Support Starting Arts

Paypal Giving

Through PayPal Giving,100% of your donation goes to Starting Arts (individual, tax-deductible $50 and up).


Mail your contribution to Starting Arts, 525 Parrot Street, San Jose, CA 95112. Be sure to include contact info so that we can get back to you with the proper forms for your tax deduction.


Generous grants from foundations and trusts are an invaluable source of support for Starting Arts’ talented students, providing funds for scholarships, restricted grants towards one of our many school programs and general operating support that enables Starting Arts to use the generosity of our institutional funders in areas that it is most urgently needed. You can collaborate with Starting Arts to assure the future of arts education in the Bay Area and throughout California.

If you think that your foundation might have an interest in providing a grant to Starting Arts, please contact us for general information about the organization and its arts education programs, to arrange for a site visit, or to request a proposal.


Your Corporation Can Make a Difference!
Since 2000, Starting Arts has been providing high quality arts education to schools throughout the Bay Area. Students get the opportunity to work with our professional artists in dance, theatre, music and visual arts. These professional teaching artists bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm into the classrooms and they help define excellence in the classroom and on stages around the world. Our students deserve to be exposed to this passion, creativity, and the pursuit of perfection.

Starting Arts honors these qualities not only in its artists but in its students as well. We know that these values are shared by many businesses in our community. As a Corporate Sponsor of Starting Arts, your business will have the opportunity to support the education of the next generation of visual and performing artists as well as the arts patrons of the future.

Throughout the year, there are numerous opportunities for corporations to invest in Starting Arts through underwriting scholarships, performances, community outreach events, and special projects. Starting Arts can deliver innovative sponsorship programs that provide effective marketing tools for both large and small companies. Our flexible approach to corporate partnerships allows us to tailor a unique sponsorship package to meet your specific goals and needs. Benefits of sponsorship at Starting Arts include:

  • Prominent recognition in programs, print advertising, and on the Starting Arts website.
  • On-site signage
  • Branding and marketing opportunities
  • Client entertainment and hospitality
  • Complimentary tickets to sponsored events
  • Priority attention for performances throughout the season
  • Invitations to concerts, dinners, and special events with notable Starting Arts Artists and
  • Touring Professionals
  • Invitations to master classes
  • Student musicians/dancers/actors to entertain at your company’s Bay Area office

For more information about corporate sponsorship at Starting Arts, please contact Ann Watts.

You can use PayPal to donate to Starting Arts right now. Just click the button below to be taken to PayPal’s website to complete the donation. Be sure to include contact info so that we can get back to you with the proper forms for your tax deduction. Thank you!