At Music Forward, we’re on a mission to pave the way for emerging talent. Our apprentice program is designed to help you transition from a music enthusiast to a seasoned professional.
General and Operations Management Marketing Coordinator Talent Director Special Event Planner Lighting Technician Grip/Rigger/Climber Stagehand Audio and Video Technician Costume Attendant Entertainment Production Accountant Music Supervisor Music Publishing Audio Engineer
We are now accepting all inquiries from qualified candidates in California as we launch cohorts in 2024.Get Involved
1080-2000 hours of competency-based paid on the job training
144 hours of related supplemental instruction (RSI)/training
6+ months of dedicated mentorship
An official certificate of completion
The first step in getting started is to complete the Music Forward inquiry form. The platform will require you to create a free account on Submittable. You will be able to save a draft of your inquiry form so you can work at your own pace to complete and submit the required form. Music Forward will not be able to move you forward in the process until you hit that “submit” button on your form.
Once you complete the inquiry form you will be contacted by a Music Forward staff member. Music Forward will use the form to assess next steps and invite qualified candidates into a pre-apprentice cohort and determine the supplemental instruction required for your chosen apprentice pathway.
Music Forward works with employer partners to assess their hiring needs. Therefore, it may take some time until an open position aligns with your application. This can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months. When an employer request aligns with an application, Music Forward will reach out with the position details and help prepare you for the interview process. You will interview with the employer, and if selected, Music Forward will provide support during the hiring process.
Currently, apprentice candidates must be a California Resident, between the ages of 18-24, or a veteran, and authorized to work in the US. Candidates must also have foundational knowledge in one of the available career tracks offered through Music Forward’s apprentice program.
The program is completely free for applicants! If selected, Music Forward will help cover costs related to the apprenticeship. This can include transportation, software, and additional trainings.
Apprentices in paid on-the-job training programs will be required to work between 30-39 hours per week. Most apprentice pathways will be completed within 6-12 months of on-the-job training. Additional time may be required to complete the 144 hours of RSI (related supplemental instruction) during the apprenticeship.