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How it Works

  • 4-5 artists perform live on Twitch and receive feedback and advice from professionals in the industry
  • During the show, fans vote in the chat for their favorite who is announced at the end of the show, the “Fan Favorite
  • After the show, that week’s experts decide on their favorite performer of the night which is announced on Music Forward socials the following week, the “Industry Pick
  • At the end of the season, the Fan Favorites and Industry Picks return for a final showcase where they perform one last time in hopes of earning the title “Season Fan Favorite” and “Season Industry Pick

Information for Artists

  • All performers must be ages 13-24 to be eligible
  • Artists are selected by the Music Forward team (application doesn’t guarantee a spot)
  • Artists will be provided marketing materials and are expected to practice activating their audiences around the show
  • Prior to the show, artists will meet with an industry professional for performance coaching
  • Artists are expected to arrive 1 hour prior to showtime for soundcheck
  • Artists perform one 3-5 minute song and receive real-time feedback from industry professionals

Artists are provided access to Music Forward’s artist development resources including the opportunity to attend tailored workshops.

Season 12 Incentives

All Open Mic Fridays artists are eligible to receive

  • Access to Music Forward artist opportunities
    • Inspired by Greatness
      • An alumni cover series
    • Artist of the Month (PAID GIG)
      • A month-long socials spotlight and featured article
    • Performance Opportunities (PAID GIG)
      • Perform at Music Forward and partner company events across the US
  • The Music Forward Alumni Network
    • Connecting alumni and industry professionals to opportunities and guidance

Watch Previous Seasons

Season 10

Season 9

Season 8

Season 7

Season 6

Season 5

Season 4

Season 3

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