LOS ANGELES, CA (CelebrityAccess) – House of Blues Music Forward Foundation (Music Forward) today announced that Nurit Siegel Smith has joined the organization as its next Executive Director.
Smith comes to Music Forward after serving nearly four years as Deputy Director at Grand Performances, a nationally recognized cultural and performing arts organization in Los Angeles, where she led efforts to build organizational infrastructure, implement strategic priorities, and activate purposeful partnerships. She will assume leadership of Music Forward as the organization embarks on its 25th year as one of the nation’s leading nonprofits creating opportunities for youth in the music industry.
Since its creation in 1993, House of Blues Music Forward Foundation has impacted over 1,000,000 young lives and invested $25 million towards providing transformational music opportunities to youth from under-represented communities.
Each year, the organization invests $1,000,000 towards its programs, which include workshops, performance opportunities, job shadowing, scholarships and more. To facilitate these programs, Music Forward activates its network, including skilled volunteer music industry professionals and executives, as well as over 450 partner schools, nonprofits, and a variety of companies. Together, these groups bridge opportunity between community and industry to shape tomorrow’s innovators and leaders.
One of Music Forward’s biggest supporters is Live Nation Entertainment. Live Nation provides support to the charity through House of Blues revenue streams including Foundation Room member donations, organizational infrastructure, and restaurant and retail items which have been designated specifically to benefit the foundation.
“I couldn’t be more honored and delighted to lead Music Forward Foundation as we continue to empower and inspire young people to reach their highest potential through career opportunities in the music industry both on and off the stage,” said Smith. “We help young people turn their passions into professions, which also creates opportunity for the industry to reinvigorate its workforce with a new, vibrant and diverse generation of leaders.”
For more information on House of Blues Music Forward Foundation, visit: www.hobmusicforward.org