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.

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The  2022 LGBTQ+ Emerging Artist Award celebrates seeing you for you by providing 15 emerging artists from the LGBTQ+ community with a $10,000 award to support their creative journeys.

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
    Brand alignment*

*Artist brand should not impact negatively on the company and the reputation of its brand.

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Music Forward and Citizens have partnered to inspire and prepare the next generation of diverse live music industry leaders in Boston. Together, the organizations are providing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for twelve (12) graduating high school seniors to explore and prepare for a career in live music.  

This 6-week paid summer internship program will take place at some of Boston’s most iconic live entertainment venues.

The program bridges our community to the music industry. Participanting youth will receive hands-on training, job shadow experiences, mentorship, and workshops focused on fiscal empowerment and career-readiness.

Application period is May 9th at 9am (ET) through June 1st at 5pm (ET). Applications in draft form will not be accepted. Be sure to click the "Apply" button on your application prior to the June 1st deadline. 

Internship eligibility: 

Must have graduated high school in spring of 2022

Age 18 by July 5, 2022

Available in Boston between July 5th-August 12, 2022

Provide proof of COVID vaccination

Provide contact information for one (1) professional reference

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As part of our ongoing efforts to champion a more inclusive music industry, Music Forward is committed to providing opportunities within the music industry including internships, mentorship, and resources to grow professionally.

As a participant who has engaged in Music Forward programming, we welcome you to submit your resume to be considered for future opportunities with us and our partners. 

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Music Forward has joined forces with Concord to provide mentoring that will support the next generation of music industry leaders, ages 18-24. Concord is the independent, worldwide leader in the development, management and acquisition of sound recordings, music publishing and theatrical performance rights, representing nearly 900,000 songs, composed works, plays, musicals and active recordings.

Concord mentees will  be matched with a mentor to receive guidance and support to advance a project, develop skills, and build a network to turn passions to professions in the music industry.

  • Dates: July - November
  • Must be residing in one of the following locations between July-November, 2022; Los Angeles, Nashville, New York
  • Format: Mentoring sessions will occur 1-2 times per month, in person and virtually, scheduled based on the availability of mentor and mentee
  • Commitment: monthly meet-ups can happen in-person, online or by phone, plus two full-group, one hour virtual events including a kick-off event in July and a celebration event early November.

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Make an impact with Music Forward by joining our 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 (Part-time)

- Marketing - Social Media (Part-time)

- Marketing - Video Editing (Part-time)

- Operations (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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