Music Forward transforms lives, inspires careers and champions a more inclusive music industry. Focusing on young people from under-served communities, Music Forward sets the stage for success by providing workshops, showcases, scholarships, and internships to inspire the next generation of music industry leaders and innovators.


The goal of LGBTQ+ Emerging Artist Award is to provide 15 emerging artists from the LGBTQ+ community with a $10,000 award to help create, develop, and bolster their artistic careers. For the purposes of this opportunity, the definition of “emerging” is to support artists with some track record of creating and performing their music (not beginning artists), and artists who are not at a point in their careers where they receive consistent development and production opportunities, significant recognition, awards, and acclaim (not mid-career or established artists).

Eligible emerging artists must:

  • Self-identify as LGBTQ+
  • Be 18+
  • Be in the early stages of their creative development, with 2-10 years of creating and performing
  • Have a focused creative direction and goals, with evidence of developing their artistic “voice”
  • Have yet to be substantially supported within the music industry, the media, or the public at large
  • Are creating and performing original music that can be shared and viewed as part of the request for support. Body of work can be within a broad range of genres/styles
  • Clearly articulate how the award will be used to support their artistic vision and goals

Music Forward will be evaluating applications on the following:

Breadth of body of work

Strength of body of work

Artistic vision

Articulation of award goals

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Finding success in the music industry takes ambition, preparedness, and a little bit of luck. You need to be ready to put in the work. . This music industry preparedness/readiness series provides exclusive access to music industry experts, coaching, mentorship, and internship opportunities. Choose from our Career Development or Artist Development Series based on your own career goals.
Career Development Series
The Career Development Series introduces professionals to help you define your career path, build your resume, develop your interview skills, and perfect your professional pitch. Take these first steps to realize your dream of a career in the music industry!
Artist Development Series
This series is for artists and those looking to be part of an artist's team. The Artist Development Series focuses on developing an artist pitch, creating an EPK and website, and features mentors who provide insight into their unique career paths.

By completing a development series you will have the opportunity to provide Music Forward with a copy of your resume to be included in a resume book. The resume book is maintained by Music Forward and will be used to identify potential candidates for internship or employment opportunities with other organizations and employers.

You must register to reserve your place in this development series. Once registered and confirmed you will receive an email from Music Forward that includes cohort dates, event details, and your zoom link.

 Please note, due to limited capacity, priority will be given to those who register early and can attend all sessions.

Make an impact with Music Forward by joining our virtual fall 2021 intern cohort! Build your professional network, skill set, and resume through formal and informal training sessions, tangible tasks and projects, and networking opportunities.
The following roles are open for application - all positions have a rolling review process (positions are open until filled) and are virtual:

- Programs - General (part time)
- Marketing - Social Media (part time)
- Marketing - Video Editing (part time)

Music Forward is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any of employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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