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: 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 and [...]

Spotlight: Yna

Meet Yna, a queer Filipina singer, songwriter, and our Artist of the Month for May and AAPI Heritage Month! Learn more about her story, artistry, inspirations, her Music Forward journey, and more! Be sure to [...]

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! With the unrest across the globe and on campuses, along with the personal hardships you may be encountering, we are strongly encouraging you to be mindful of your safety [...]

Gigtern Spotlight: Evelyn Cruz

Meet Evelyn Cruz, our Programs Team spring gigtern and a senior at California State Polytechnic University of Pomona. Learn more about her Music Forward story below. As a first-generation college student, I have repeatedly felt [...]
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