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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.


For questions or support, please contact info@musicforwardfoundation.org.
If you identify as a person with a disability, please let us know your accessibility needs and how we might best support your participation in this program.

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