THE SAN DIEGO MUSIC THING IS annual 2-day music and media conference.  Registrants have the opportunity to improve their knowledge of the music business through interactive and roundtable sessions with nationally-known panelists and featured speakers who represent the best and most innovative aspects of the music business.  Day time activities include a trade show, happy hour parties, listening stations and pop up live performances as well as a chance to meet and mingle with top industry professionals and artists.  Evening activities include the Music Fest, with over 150 local, regional and national bands performing at venues around San Diego.  The San Diego Music Thing is produced by the San Diego Music Foundation and proceeds benefit the Foundation’s experiential music programs in 75 schools around San Diego County.


...working to enrich San Diego's diverse and creative music community through music education for youth, professional development for current and emerging industry professionals, live performances for the San Diego public, and recognition for San Diego artists of exceptional merit or service.

Chartered in 1991, the San Diego Music Foundation was created to make music performance accessible to children of need in San Diego County by providing them with a hands-on vehicle, the guitar, to express themselves creatively.  Over its 20 year history, the organization has served over 35,000 K-8 students county-wide from Chula Vista to Fallbrook. In subsequent years the organization has broadened its focus and service areas, providing forums to increase local musicians' understanding of the music business, garner performance exposure within the local and national music communities, and to publicly recognize the breadth and diversity of the San Diego music scene.


There are many ways you can support the San Diego Music Foundation:

Volunteer - we are always looking for help at events or around the office.  If you are able to spare a few hours you can email us by clicking here.

Make a donation - Your cash donation, of any amount, helps us to keep instruments in schools.  For information on making a donation click here or give us a call at (619) 381-8789.  

You can also donate online via Pay Pal using the button below, or mail a check to us at:  
San Diego Music Foundation 
3047 University Ave., Ste. 202
San Diego, CA  92104