What are the San Diego Music Awards?

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The San Diego Music Awards started in 1991, as a way to recognize the achievements of our diverse local music community. Now in its 29th year, the San Diego Music Awards presents awards in over 20 categories, recognizing many different genres of music including Rock, Jazz, Hip Hop, Americana and World Music. Past performers include Jewel, Jason Mraz, Switchfoot, P.O.D., Sara Watkins (Nickelcreek). The San Diego Music Awards is the primary fundraising vehicle for The Guitars for Schools Program.

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Beneficiary: The San Diego Music Foundation

The San Diego Music Foundation has been actively involved in keeping participatory music programs in San Diego County elementary, middle, and high schools for almost 25 years.  The Guitars for Schools program was launched, in partnership with Taylor Guitars, in 1990 to both as a way to augment existing programs and to offset the loss of arts instruction due to budget cuts. The guitar familiarity and popularity among young people makes it an excellent tool for getting them interested in music, and in performing arts in general. Over its 25 year history, the organization has served over 57,200 K-12 students in more than 80 schools from the Mexican border to San Onofre. 


If you would like more information about the Guitars for Schools program, or would like to involve your school, please click here

Participating Schools

Elementary Schools:
Baker Elementary
Barnett Elementary
Bernardo School
Bird Rock Elementary
Bonsall West Elementary
Boulder Oaks Elementary
Capri Elementary
Carlton Oaks Elementary
Cesar Chavez Elementary
Clearview Elementary
Crest Elementary
Crown Point Jr. Music Academy
El Camino Creek Elementary
Emerson/Bandini Elementary
Empressa Elementary
Family Justice Center
Flying Hills Elementary
Freese Elementary
Harriet Tubman Elementary 
Heritage Elementary
Holmes ElementaryHope Elementary
Jefferson Elementary
Julian Elementary
La Costa Heights Elementary
LePort School Carlsbad Village
Stone Ranch Elementary
Temple Heights Elementary
Tip Academy
Twin Oaks Elementary
Valley Center Primary
Vista Academy
Vista Christian School
Visual and Performing Arts Dept.
Whitman Elementary
Wolf Canyon Elementary


Middle Schools:
Calavera Hills Middle School
Castle Park Middle School
Chula Vista Middle School
Dana Middle School
Greenfield Middle School
High Tech Middle School
Jefferson Middle School
Mann Middle School
Marshall Middle School
Monroe Clark Middle School
Muirlands Middle School
Roosevelt Middle School
Wilson Middle School

High Schools:
El Capitan High School
Grossmont High School
High Tech High Clairemont
High Tech High Chula Vista
High Tech High North County
Mission Vista High School
Santana High School

Charter Schools:
America's Finest Charter School
Diego Hills Charter School
Iftin Charter School
Steele Canyon Charter High School

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