The Emerald Coast Concert Association, Inc., a state-chartered, non- profit Organization, was founded in 1960 as the Playground Mutual Concert Association. Concerned by the lack of cultural events in the Ft. Walton Beach area, local residents thought of a way to bring wonderful music and dance from across the United States and around the world to our front door through the presentation of an annual series of public concerts.
Still a viable and important supplier of outstanding entertainment, the group consists only of volunteers. They derive pleasure from their efforts to bring culture and entertainment through the performing arts to the citizens and visitors of the Emerald Coast. Year after year, they arrange concerts to appeal to the many and the varied interests of the audience.
Patron memberships, season memberships, corporate sponsorships, and individual ticket sales go toward the purchase of concerts and the organization's operating expenses. E.C.C.A. is granted tax exemption under Section 501 (c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are deductible as provided in Section 170 of the Code.
In recent years E.C.C.A. has reached out into the schools, affording students the opportunity to see professional performers up close. School performances are provided FREE to requesting schools. . E.C.C.A. also works closely with organizations serving the handicapped and elderly and provides free or discount tickets for public performances.