What We Believe

Our Mission

The Rising Artist Foundation elevates a broad spectrum of voices in American music. We foster creative and professional growth in the early stages of a musician’s career to nurture uncompromising artistic expression.

Our Vision

We envision an America in which the music industry is demystified, diversified and accessible for talented people both on stage and behind the scenes. We foresee a system where new musicians are healthy, educated and financially stable — with agency over their craft and careers.


Ben RafsonExecutive Director Specialized in artist management and development since 2010, Ben has secured over $1M in grants, run multiple record labels and driven award-winning creative partnerships.
Nereya OtienoDirector of Operations & Development Nereya has spearheaded narrative branding, communications and creative strategy in arts nonprofits across the US and Europe since 2009.


Full Board and Artist Trustee announcements coming soon.


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