We'd love your assistance in discovering qualified applicants for our 2016 Nashville Fashion Forward Fund and Nashville Fashion Week 2017 Emerging Designers. Please nominate your talented friends by November 4, 2016 or encourage them to apply themselves. Explain in 100 words or less why you feel your nominee should be considered and an invitation to apply will be sent to those that qualify. All applications must be received by the November 21, 2016 deadline to be considered. These unique opportunities are central to NFW's mission of fostering Nashville’s heralded community spirit and concentration of creative, fashion-forward and entrepreneurial talent by spotlighting our growing community with an ongoing, sustainable focus for philanthropic support. Scroll down to submit your nomination.


The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is an endowed fund that supports the next generation of fashion industry professionals with ties to Middle Tennessee by providing an annual financial award and resources for experiential professional development opportunities. Experienced designers as well as professionals in all aspects of the fashion industry from photographers to stylists, models, hair and makeup artists, boutique owners and bloggers are encouraged to apply each fall for this award to further their career in the fashion industry. Detailed criteria for submission can be found at CFMT.org.


Nashville Fashion Week seeks Middle Tennessee's best emerging designers to spotlight during the 2017 event. Applicants must demonstrate creativity, quality and a broad appeal to a wide range of consumers. If chosen, the emerging designer will have the opportunity to showcase their collection during Nashville Fashion Week 2017.

  • Designers must live in or have connections to Nashville and/or Middle Tennessee.
  • The collection must be original designs, never before seen, to debut at Nashville Fashion Week.
  • Must be available to show during the week of April 4-8, 2017 (with specific schedule to be determined by Nashville Fashion Week organizers).

PLEASE NOTE: Nashville Fashion Week does not charge a submission fee to apply or participate. Selected designers are responsible for their own travel and related expenses, and for transporting their collection to Nashville — as well as all costs associated with designing/creating their looks, including shoes, accessories and music for their runway show. No age restrictions or specific experience is required. However, those under 18 will need parent/guardian permission to apply. 

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