Pathways to Careers Program

Thanks to the support of The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and The Aspen Institute, our new class “Pathways to Careers” is underway! This class focuses on advanced performance and music business studies and is led by renowned local musicians Herlin Riley and Wendell Brunious. You can read more about our instructors and all our staff here.

Lack of educational opportunities is one of the main obstacles in preparing homegrown youth for leadership positions, and prominent organizations often hire talent outside of the city and state. The Pathways To Careers program offers youth the ability to receive hands-on training to complement in-classroom learning. We partner with entertainment and music industry employers to create paid apprenticeship positions that develop skills in key industry areas like booking, planning, production, marketing, administration and more. Students who show dedication and excellence in our business and music education programs apply for these apprenticeships and are placed with our Employer Partners. Through this on-the-job career-skills training program, the Trombone Shorty Foundation is developing a pipeline of talented and experienced young New Orleanians who become the next generation of cultural leaders in our city.

Classes were recently held at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at 400 Esplanade Avenue. Students interested in future classes should email tromboneshortyfoundation@gmail.com. The Trombone Shorty Foundation is very grateful to generous support from the Aspen Institute and The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.