Music Forward Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating leadership skills for young people using music as the bridge to success.

Focusing on young people ages 12-22 in underserved communities, we set the stage for success by providing workshops and showcases to kick-start musical careers, and inspire the next generation of music industry leaders.

Music Forward is the evolution of the International House of Blues Foundation, which began in 1993.  While we benefit greatly from our relationship with House of Blues, we are an independent nonprofit organization completely reliant on donations from the public to fulfill our mission.  To learn more about the organization, please explore our Programs.


Music Forward has earned the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by the world’s largest source of nonprofit information.