2023 marks Music Forward’s 30th Anniversary! We are celebrating 30 years of stellar performances, celebrity appearances, name changes, and unbeatable opportunities all with the goal of creating a pathway for diverse voices to be empowered through music.
Get a snapshot of some of our favorite moments with our interactive timeline and click through to explore old photos, videos, and news stories.
International House of Blues Foundation Incorporates
House of Blues formalizes its nonprofit. The goal being to “Promote multicultural values of diversity and racial harmony through art and music”
Cookin’ Up the Blues Cookbook with Tabasco
IHOBF teams up with Tabasco and Blues icons to create a cookbook! All proceeds going to the charity.
1st Annual “Spirit of the Dream” Tribute
IHOBF hosts its 1st Annual “Spirit of the Dream” Tribute in honor of Martin Luther King Jr, and welcoming in many high profile guests.
The “Spirit of the Dream” Award
The 2nd Annual “Spirit of the Dream” Tribute sees the inception of the “Spirit of the Dream” Award. Awardees included: Maxine Waters, Stevie Wonder, & Jack Healey.
The Blues Brothers Smokin’ Tees Celebrity Golf Classic
The House of Blues hosts a 3 day celebrity golf tournament in Myrtle Beach supporting IHOBF and others.
Make an Impression Launches
Make an Impression donated guitars and drums to schools and supported music education. Recitals showcased the impact in House of Blues’s across the country.
Live Nation Buys House of Blues
Live Nation purchases House of Blues and takes on the foundation with it!
Arts – Drawing Us Together Launches
From murals, to quilts, to shoe shrines, Drawing Us Together encouraged young people to express themselves and gave them outlets to do so.
Phoebe Bridgers wins Bringing Down the House
Our stages have been graced by many amazing acts including Phoebe Bridgers who was only at the beginning of her music career.
Launch of Give Music
Give Music put instruments directly into the hands of young people so they had unrestricted access to nurturing their passion.
Name changes to House of Blues Music Forward Foundation
After a lot of thought, iterations, and research the International House of Blues Foundation changes its name to HOB Music Forward Foundation
Music Forward Sunset Strip Half
MFF becomes the founding charity partner for The Sunset Strip Half Marathon & 5K.
All Access with Khalid
Khalid welcomes students behind the scenes of one of his shows. The program consisted of a conversation about his music journey and an exclusive performance.
Music Forward Ambassadors Announced
A group of driven performers and artists commit to furthering Music Forward’s mission. Including; Martina McBride, Julia Michaels, & others!
Music Forward Goes Virtual & Global
With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic Music Forward takes their programs online. Committed to the same high quality programming being online allows HOBMFF to find a global audience.
Apple Creative Studios
40 young artists joined local music and filmmaking legends to hone their crafts as musicians, producers, and singer-songwriters.
BMG Internship & Mentorship Program
BMG and MFF teamed up to provide 31 paid internships across 3 semesters and a mentorship program for young people across the country.
Governors Ball Scholarship
Music Forward added its 7th scholarship to its roster in partnership with Gov Ball. $10,000 to a New York City native pursuing a degree in live entertainment.