Music Industry Apprenticeship Program

The Music Industry Apprenticeship program at the Trombone Shorty Foundation offers New Orleans youth age 16-24 the opportunity to:

  • Learn from music industry experts
  • Develop professional skills in the music and entertainment business
  • Apply those skills in hands-on work placements at businesses in the city
  • Receive a stipend during the time attending the program

Accepted applicants will develop the foundations of professionalism alongside a cohort of peers and trusted mentors who help explore interests, set career goals, and navigate roadblocks. Get to know a wide variety of music industry career pathways such as:

  • Artist Manager
  • Branding/Marketing Professional
  • Audio Engineer
  • Performer/Independent Artist
  • Venue Operations
  • Graphic Design
  • And much more!

After working in local professional music industry settings, program staff assist youth with planning the next career steps. Set your goals and achieve your vision! Assistance and resources for program participants are available in the following areas:

  • Transportation to and from the program
  • Access to critical technology
  • Mental health counseling
  • Childcare for parenting youth
  • Career support

For more program information, read our Program Information document. The application deadline for the 2023-2024 program has now closed.


Our Music Industry Apprentices recently had the opportunity to meet with and learn from Tank and the Bangas during their Red Ballons vinyl signing at NOLA MIX Records.