Music Forward is unyielding in our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
For over 29 years, Music Forward Foundation has impacted 1 million young lives and invested $29 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 & Career Development

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


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.


Spotlight: ArmstrongWW

We were thrilled to sit down with our first Artist of the Month for 2024, ArmstrongWW, to learn more about his story, his artistry, and more. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and [...]

Thank You 2023 Partners

A number of stellar companies invested in the next generation of diverse youth through an impactful partnership with Music Forward, allowing diverse young people access to explore, get prepared, and discover careers in the music & live entertainment [...]

Congratulations Alumni! (2023)

Music Forward Alumni continue to make waves across the music and live entertainment industry! Congratulations to all of our alumni who found success and/or placement in 2023. We can't wait to see where you go [...]

Staff Picks | Top Moments of 2023

2023 was one for the history books here at Music Forward! There were so many outstanding moments this year, but we, the Music Forward Staff, have chosen our favorite standout moments to share as we [...]
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