Front Row: BMG Summer Internship

Meet Taylor Marie Contarino, a rising young professional and proud Music Forward alum who had the privilege of interning with BMG this summer. Learn more about her career- and personal-growth experiences below.

Wow. I don’t even know where to start. As my time as a Summer Intern at BMG – The New Music Company comes to an end, I just want to take a moment to reflect on everything I have learned, the incredible experiences I have had, the inspiring people that I have met, the amazing relationships I have formed, and most of all; how much I have grown.

Where I come from, packing up your things at 19 years old and moving to LA isn’t exactly the standard. I have been a part of historic signings, events, and experiences that my younger self could never have dreamed of being a part of. My time at BMG has taught me that this huge jump across the country has been worthwhile: all the obstacles and roadblocks included.

The little girl singing the solo in the 4th grade Spring Concert would never have dreamt that she would grow up to create pitch decks for some of her favorite artists, witness iconic label signings, be in rooms with artists she admires, and be able to work every day in rooms covered with ASCAP, BMI and Billboard Awards, and Juice WRLD posters signed by the icon himself.

The fangirl in me who begged for 5SOS tickets for her 13th birthday never even knew it could be possible to be a part of the team behind their music. If she could see me now, she would scream as loud as she did at their concerts.

Today, I am living every single one of my dreams, and I could not be filled with more gratitude, joy, appreciation, and hunger for what’s next. I am beyond blessed to be in the position that I am in, and this internship has allowed me to hone in on where I want my place to be in the music industry, my pathway to get there, and truly see myself as a future Music Industry Executive/CEO. I cannot thank Sam Corrado IV, Thomas Scherer, and Ed Holland enough for allowing me the space, responsibility, encouragement, and opportunity to work towards my goals, dreams, and aspirations. Also, special thanks to Oswaldo Navarro and Music Forward Foundation for connecting me with this life-changing opportunity.

I truly cannot wait to see what is next.

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