House of Blues Music Forward Foundation

aka House of Blues Music Forward Foundation   |   LOS ANGELES, CA   |  www.hobmusicforward.org
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Mission

Founded in 1993, Music Forward Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating career skills for youth using music as the bridge to success. Focusing on youth 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 with hands-on career exploration.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Ms. Marjorie Gilberg

Operations Director

Ms. Elisa Morimoto

Main address

7060 HOLLYWOOD BLVD FL 2

LOS ANGELES, CA 90028 USA

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Formerly known as

International House of Blues Foundation

EIN

04-3179950

NTEE code info

Business, Youth Development (O53)

Music (A68)

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Our programs

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Bringing Down the House

Setting the stage for success: Bringing Down the House gives young people a chance to shine - one standing ovation at a time. Bringing Down the House connects talented, young artists to one another and to music industry insiders to build self-confidence, develop new skills, hone their brand, and bring crowds to their feet. Celebrated venues play host as memorable backdrops for experiences that fuel ambition and kick-start musical careers.

Population(s) Served

Career Day Unplugged: UForward offers a VIP backstage pass to learn about coveted gigs in the music industry. No musical skills required - just a passion to learn. Designed to inspire, create momentum, and redefine what's possible with hands-on experience in behind-the-scenes jobs most people only dream about.

Population(s) Served

Give Music paves pathways to college and career. Instruments and funds are awarded that impact high-need and under-resourced communities. Instruments provide aspiring young musicians a chance to nurture their passion, strengthen their talents, expand their possibilities and pursue their lifetime and musical goals on an instrument they can call their very own. Funds connect youth with opportunities to play music and participate in live music. Recipients and their families are brought together for an event to recognize and celebrate their passionate pursuit.

Population(s) Served

Blues Schoolhouse invites fifth through twelfth grade students to learn about American culture and history through an exploration of blues and blues-inspired music. Through Blues Schoolhouse, participants gain a greater understanding of how music can reflect life experiences and social condition. The program fosters appreciation for diverse contributions to American culture and highlights the role that the arts can play in social transformation.

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Our results

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Context Notes

Our volunteer program has increased exponentially as our growing career-focused programs require engagement from music industry professionals.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Music Forward's programs help young people develop essential life skills, using music as a vehicle to success and connecting passions to professions.

Music Forward's strategies for successful program delivery include quarterly outreach and engagement plans intended to promote strategic engagement of appropriate professionals. Program participation outreach strategies also specifically target diverse communities and communities of socioeconomic disadvantage to ensure our target demographic is being served across all programs. Music Forward seeks to develop strategic partnerships with organizations with shared goals in order to increase the efficacy and capacity of program services and to address barriers to access. We provide programming that includes student led, hands-on activities which demonstrate essential workplace and industry specific skills required for success. We stay current on industry employment trends and research best practices in serving disadvantaged youth. Assessment of program outcomes and evaluation tools are put in place to ensure stakeholder expectations are being met through program services.

Utilizing Music Forward's access to industry professionals within the live entertainment industry allows for efficiency in engaging professional volunteers in program activities. Music Forward programs are designed  to be flexible and scalable in order to be implemented in a variety of settings. Program staff are trained and supported in creating quarterly outreach and engagement plans that ensure targeted processes for recruitment. Local, part-time program staff allow Music Forward to recognize and respond to the unique challenges and opportunities within our service communities. The national Music Forward team provides prepared program content, staff management, promotional materials, assessment and evaluation tools, a volunteer recruitment portal, digital registration processes, and funding that supports all program service locations.

Music Forward has successfully implemented programming and identified partner outreach locations for participant recruitment in nine communities across the country. Music Forward continues to develop strategies to identify and engage corporate partners at the national level, to strengthen career pathways for youth seeking internships and employment opportunities in the live entertainment industry.

Financials

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House of Blues Music Forward Foundation

Board of directors
as of 02/16/2018
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Board chair

Mr. Eric Lassen

Kathy Willard

Michael Grozier

Ron Bension

Michelle Edgar

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