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: Zami Inez

Meet Zami Inez, our Artist of the Month for June and Black Music Month! She was one of our Open Mic Industry Picks from Spring 2023 and since then has been working on new music [...]

Exploring the History of Black Music

Blues music has given people a voice to tell stories, preserve traditions and express feelings about everyday life and it goes without saying that blues music has influenced much of the music that we all [...]

Spotlight: All Access in the Class

Over the course of the recent school year, we've been in the classrooms filled with students studying music production and technology at Morningside and Lawndale High Schools in South Los Angeles, offering invaluable insights into the [...]

Spotlight: BMG Spring Interns

Three times a year, in partnership with BMG, we provide several diverse young people across Nashville, Los Angeles, and New York City with internships. These internships offer hands-on industry experience that help them to realize their potential. BMG [...]
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