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Are You The Next Nashville Fashion Forward Fund Recipient?


Nashville Fashion Week was conceived in 2010 to foster and support Nashville’s heralded community spirit and concentration of creative, fashion-forward and entrepreneurial talent with an ongoing, sustainable focus for philanthropic support of our creative community. All proceeds from Nashville Fashion Week benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The NFF Fund gives an annual experiential award to advance the career of select local talent with demonstrated experience in a fashion-related field each year and ensures that Nashville Fashion Week will impact the Nashville fashion community for many years to come.

Van Hoang, our 2018 NFFF recipient, and Maria Silver, 2017, both used their awards this summer for trips abroad to learn and explore sustainability. Van attended the Copenhagen Fashion Summit and Maria traveled to London for the Decoded Future Summit. They both returned to Nashville with a new perspective and inspiration from the unique experiences that the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund provided them. What experience would catapult you and your business?


Well, get ready...The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee will start accept applications for the 2019 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund on September 4 through October 15. Professionals working in all aspects of the fashion industry, from designers and photographer to stylists, models, hair and makeup artists, retail owners, influencers, and everything in between are encouraged to apply. Start thinking about the best way to present your case for an experiential professional development opportunity that will develop and enhance you, your career and ultimately our fashion community. The NFF Fund award is provided each year through proceeds from Nashville Fashion Week.

Six other recipients have received NFFF awards to enhance their careers: Apparel designers Eric Bornhop, Julianna Bass and Lauren Leonard Phelps; fashion photographer Brett Warren; accessory designer Ceri Hoover; and Elise Joseph, founder of Pennyweight and Goodwin. We'd love to add your name to this list!

The NFFF award recipient is selected by a committee of the Board of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and will be notified later this year. Detailed information will be announced on September 4th when the application goes live. #whynfw