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: Martie Faye

We sat down with May 2023 Artist of the Month Martie Faye. Learn more about her journey as an artist, her experience at Music Forward, and beyond. Tell us a little about yourself and how [...]

All Access Fest @ The Wiltern

April 26th marked Music Forward’s launch back into All Access Fest live at The Wiltern. When the clock hit 8:30 am PT, The Wiltern opened its doors to students and young people from all across [...]

Spotlight: Adrian Flores

Meet Adrian Flores, our new Director of Marketing! Learn a little more about Adrian and what led him to Music Forward below! Tell us a little bit about yourself and your journey leading to your [...]

Spotlight: Cameron Haywood

Meet Cameron Haywood, our Education Coordinator! Learn more about Cameron’s journey from Music Forward participant to full time employee and what it is like being a young professional in the music industry. Tell us a [...]
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