The Ritchie Valens Foundation is a non-profit organization created to inspire, connect, and bring youths closer to their dreams of a career in the music industry. Our mission is to create positive change through music and arts education as mentors, teachers and solution providers. The foundations goal is to award scholarships to youth applying for college or trade school programs furthering their education in music that will help build a career in the entertainment industry as musicians, singers and record producing engineers. The organization short term goal will aim to keep music education alive and available in our nation’s schools and communities by fundraising to provide those in need with instruments and by advocating the benefits of music education. Our long term goal is to do the same worldwide.