Our Programs

“Dreaming” College/University Scholarships

Applications for 2-Year College Scholarships are accepted every Spring beginning February 1st – April 15th – to High School Graduates admitted to a 2-year or 4-year College/University or trade school, with an emphasis in Music and the Arts.  All students regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or U.S. Residency status with a 2.0 GPA or greater are welcome to apply.  The Academic Scholarships are currently open to students residing in California

To download an application packet please click here.

Mariachi Academy

The program is currently held in Watsonville California. Basic music theory is taught along with vocal instruction and music classes.

Vocal Lessons

The AVF offers via zoom group and individual vocal lesson programs with industry professionals for a core group of students.  Students must apply and audition for the program.  Students are accepted on a quarterly basis.  To request an application and send us a video demo, please email info@andyvargasfoundation.org.  In the Subject line please list “Vocal Lessons.”

Annual Performance Opportunities

The goal at AVF is to help prepare students seeking career in music and in particular provide opportunities or students to perform live on stage.  THE AVF has launched a program in which advanced students will have an opportunity to perform in local shows and participate with partner music programs in other cities or Latin American countries.

Rising Artist Program:

The Rising Artist Program is a one-month program that helps developing artists learn how to best promote and market themselves to a large audience.  Each week will be dedicated to a different part of their career to ensure a well-rounded education on the most important aspects of the industry for a new artist.  The program will consist of four (4) weekly 2-hour zoom sessions.

Week 1 – The Artist as a Small Business
You will learn….

  • Who’s on your team
  • How to organize your business legally
  • Where to find, acquire, and understand all the royalties you earn
  • How to properly release your music

Week 2 – Branding & Digital Engagement
You will learn…

  • What your brand is, why it’s important, and how to create a brand consistency
  • How to think about brand partnerships to further grow your audience
  • The best platforms for you to focus on, what content works best, and your most effective content mix
  • How to grow your email database and why that’s important
  • How to build your own website
  • About Digital Streaming Platforms (DSPs) and playlisting

Week 3 – Publicity & Marketing
You will learn…

  • What publicity is
  • How to write a press release
  • The types of marketing & advertising, how to best use them, and what you need to start
  • What assets you need and tips on how to create the best promotional tools for you

Week 4 – Planning & Your Questions
This week is set aside to discuss what you need to develop a plan for your individual next steps.

Music Composition & Production Academy

The 10-Week program is designed for high school students who are interested in a career in music production. The program includes lesson in vocals, music composition, producing; licensing and publishing, and includes how to network and build relationships. Next Program Class is scheduled for Summer 2020.

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

Andy Vargas Foundation

P.O.Box 55652
Sherman Oaks California 91413 USA

Phone and fax: 888.391.8801

The Andy Vargas Foundation is a Registered Nonprofit 501(c)3 Organization.