Ralph J. Gleason Award
In memory of music journalist Ralph J. Gleason, a major figure in the advancement of music in America in the 1960s, whose openness to new music and ideas transcended differences between generations and styles.

Bill Graham Award
In memory of pioneering producer and founding Rex board member Bill Graham, himself a refugee, this award is for those working to assist children who are victims of political oppression and human rights violations.

Jerry Garcia Award
In memory of Grateful Dead guitarist and founding Rex board member Jerry Garcia, this award is designed to honor and support individuals and groups that work to encourage creativity in young people.

Ralph J. Gleason Award
Jerry Garcia Award Bill Graham Award
2018 Connie Nielsen, Human Needs Project
2016 Levon Helm Studios Mariachi Heritage Foundation
2015 Doug Wendt Creative Alliance Rockhouse Foundation
2014 Conscious Alliance
2013 Richard Grace, Grace Family Foundation
2012 The Precipice-Miranda Ferriss Jones co-recipients: Enriching Lives Through Music; Young Women’s Drumming Empowerment Project Hidden Wings
2011 Diane di Prima SF Mime Troupe Youth Theater Project Fair Girls
2010 Michael Franti Arts for Humanity!
2009 Jorma Kaukonen Project Avary Asylum Access
2008 Ali Akbar College of Music All Stars Project, San Francisco Bay Area The Beat Within
2007 Allen Toussaint JazzMasters Workshop The Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF)
2006 New Old Time Chautauqua Los Cenzontles Mexican Art Center Innocence Project
2005 WWOZ – FM Marsh Youth Theater Mercy Corps
2004 Bill Monroe Camp Winnarainbow International Senior Lawyers Project
2003 Chris Strachwitz: Arhoolie Foundation Precita Center: Mission Neighbourhnood Centers Parents’ Circle: Families Forum of Israeli and Palestinian Bereaved Families
2002 Save Our Sounds: The Zuni Tapes Movimiento de Arte Y Cultura Latino Americano Clowns Without Borders
2001 Pete Seeger Loco Bloco Drum and Dance Ensemble Afghan Institute of Learning
2000 Ralph Stanley Babatunde Olatunji Maun Alin Iha Kristus
1999 Los Lobos Mission Cultural Center War Child USA
1998 Dan Bern La Pena Cultural Center Lauder/JDC Youth Camp
1997 Charles Brown BRAVA! For Women in the Arts Alejandra Alvaraz
1996 Ornette Coleman Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center Tibet Health Project
1995 Mike Seeger
1994 David Murray
1993 Sun Ra