The Andy Vargas Foundation was built on the premise
that schools need music, students need music but no one can afford music
anymore. The idea came about while Andy was working with a Children’s Cancer
organization. Seeing how music heals souls and can be a major positive
influence in children and young adults, Andy has been working with youth
and brands most of his career so it made sense to establish a platform that
would give a voice to music education and experience.
His father, Javier Vargas fueled Andy’s love and passion of music. At age seven Andy started performing with his father’s mariachi band Mariachi California De Javier Vargas. Having his Father as a role model and mentor he immediately transitioned into high gear. Andy’s Mother introduced fifteen-year-old Andy to record producer’s Terry Melcher and Bruce Johnston who is a member of the renowned Beach Boys Band. Terry and Bruce soon presented the young vocalist with a management and production agreement. Both Terry and Bruce quickly expanded on Andy’s ability. His dedication to his music career earned him a recording contract with RCA / BMG. The contract was negotiated and finalized by record executive Ron Fair.
Andy’s love and commitment to the arts had paved the way for his future. In 1999 his then manager and music legend Lou Adler brought an audition to Andy’s attention. By the year 2000 Andy started to tour as a singer on the Supernatural World Tour with Carlos Santana. Today Andy still tours and delivers vocals for the Santana Band while developing conducting musical outreach around the world.
Already squeezed because of the pressure on schools to focus on raising students' reading and math test scores, arts and music programs have become a causality of budgetary concerns over the mental development of our youth. The diminishing of music education in our schools and in the larger culture is a huge mistake. Children are not empty vessels that can be filled with facts and then declared competent. The arts provide a depth of understanding and even the basis for understanding for some children on their long road to achievement. And perhaps most importantly, the arts provide a way for children to envision the possibilities of a world outside of their immediate circumstances.
"We balance budgets on the backs of poor kids;" …"I don't think anyone should have to choose between reading and math support and music. Those things are all basics of an education."
We at the Andy Vargas Foundation want to help bridge the gap, studies have shown that; “Results reveal that after one year of music training, students taking music lessons showed improved fine motor skills and musical skills compared to students not taking lessons. Brain imagining data supported the findings, with student taking music lesson having greater gray matter than students not taking music lessons.” As a community, business or organization we the public have to take a more comprehensive stance on adding this component back into the lives of our children; especially those that are in economically stressed communities…