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.


Celebrating Women’s History Month

Happy Women’s History Month! ”Beautiful,” “Groundbreaking,” “Inspiring,” “Powerful” are words that our team used to describe these women that have had a notable impact on the arts. Throughout this entire month, we are spotlighting remarkable women [...]

Future Funk Industry Mixer

Every year, South by Southwest (SXSW) electrifies Austin, Texas, with its blend of music, film, and interactive media. Amidst the chaos of this sprawling festival, Music Forward, ~Pourri, and Rolling Stone joined forces for the [...]

Spotlight: Chloe Lavender

We sat down with Chloe Lavender our 2024 March Artist of the Month ahead of her Music Forward Live @ The Echo performance to learn more about her journey, her artistry, and more. Can you [...]

Celebrating Black History Month

The 2024 Black History Month theme is “African Americans and the Arts.” We are taking this month to celebrate iconic trailblazing artists, from Etta James to Alvin Ailey. These pioneers have continued to influence art [...]
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