Music Forward is unyielding in our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
For over 28 years, Music Forward Foundation has impacted 1 million young lives and invested $28 million towards providing transformational experiences to youth from under-resourced communities. Each year, we activate our significant network to impact over 16,000 individuals nationwide.

What We Do

Artist Development

The Artist Development pathway inspires musical careers by cultivating and celebrating emerging artists, connecting them to industry insiders, and showcasing their talent.

Career Development

The Career Development pathway connects young people’s passions to professions off the stage. Programs reveal careers that make the industry thrive and chart individual pathways to success.


Music Forward partners to increase opportunity for reaching educational heights for a diverse range of students pursuing music industry careers.

Blues SchoolHouse

Blues SchoolHouse traces the history, evolution, and impact of blues music, highlighting the role music plays in reflecting the human condition and driving social change.


Front Row: Fall Programs

We were curious to hear what our participants have thought about our fall programming, therefore we asked our alum Heather Howard, a junior at Middle Tennessee State University, if she would share her experience with [...]

Spotlight: Lydia Caesar

We recently caught up with Lydia Caesar, our fabulously talented Open Mic Fridays hostess who has been bringing her amazing personality, industry insight, and experience as a singer/songwriter to the past two seasons of our [...]

Front Row: All Access Fest 2021

Over 1,000 youth participants representing over 100 cities from around the world registered for and attended this year's All Access Fest, and it would not have been possible without the support of our volunteers, over [...]

Spotlight: Taryana Gilbeau

This month, we're spotlighting Music Forward industry volunteer and Live Nation Workplace Inclusion Manager, Taryana Gilbeau. Prior to her role with Live Nation, Taryana began her career in entertainment at United Talent Agency (UTA) and [...]
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