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El Sueño

The Dream Benefit Show

Join us for a night of music and comedy featuring Watsonville’s own Andy Vargas.

Across the country, 1.3 million elementary school students still don’t have access to a music class.

A research study by NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation shows that parents and minority parents in particular favor more — not less music education as part of a well-rounded education program.

According to NAMM, music is a tool for self-expression. Music helps with socialization, motor and other cognitive skills. It improves recall and retention of verbal information; advances math achievement; boosts reeding and writing and English language arts skills; and increases average SAT scores. The importance of music programs is evident in all cultures. Music builds also an appreciation and respect for others and creates a sense of community

Children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who do not participate in music lessons.

Arete Music Academy. “Statistical benefits of music in education.” Arete Music Academy. Accessed July 17, 2014.

Our Mission

The Andy Vargas Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 2015 with a mission to inspire, educate and mentor underserved youth who strive for a career in the music industry.

Sharing the Soul of Music though vocals, performance and philanthropy.

We utilize mentors to provide a positive experience that will help instill perseverance into each student and bring appreciation for the arts.

The Andy Vargas Foundation’s mission is to inspire, educate and mentor underserved youth who strive for a career in the music industry. The AVF achieves its mission by providing youth access to musical instruments and music education classes; music writing and publishing courses; and financial support to continue a higher education in the field of music and arts.

One of the primary goals of the AVF is to collaborate with national and international industry brands; associations, local music programs and organizations, and top musicians and industry professionals to mentor and help develop cutting-edge music education programs for our students. The AVF offers free program opportunities to youth and young adults ages 8 years to 22 years with music programs and opportunities that may one day lead to a career in the music industry.

Our Valued Partners

Program Goals

  • Provide Musical Instruments (guitars violins, horns) to underserved youth who cannot afford one for the music classes
  • Provide access to a Mariachi Academy and other music classes for underserved youth
  • Provide Music composition, producing and Publishing courses for underserved youth
  • Provide college scholarships to underserved youth interested in continuing studies in the field of music and arts.
  • Provide mentorship to students and other industry opportunities for continued education
  • Serve as an advocate to change policy to ensure that music education is supported in communities everywhere, and that all children have the opportunity to learn and grow with music regardless of socioeconomic status. The AVF will play an active role in joining or leading coalitions in influencing policy makers at a local or state level to support music programs in schools and in our community.

Please help us to be a part of the solution! #BeTheChange

Your tax-deductible donation helps support our current programs and scholarships.

The AVF is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Both monetary and in-kind donations and services are welcome.  For a list of current foundation needs, please click here.

Please click on the Donate button below or you can mail your donation to:

Andy Vargas Foundation
P.O.Box 55652
Sherman Oaks California 91413 USA

info@andyvargasfoundation.org
Phone and fax: 888.391.8801