OneBeat 11 & 12 – Applications open until September 02!

OneBeat is accepting applications for two months of U.S.-based music exchanges scheduled for Spring and Fall 2023. OneBeat 11 (April-May) and OneBeat 12 (September-October) will bring together 50 musicians (ages 19-35 years) from certain countries to write, produce and perform original music in collaboration and to develop strategies for social engagement based on the arts. Each session begins with a residency followed by a tour. OneBeat Fellows will perform for a wide range of US audiences, collaborate with local musicians, and lead workshops with young people. After the program, OneBeat musicians return to their home countries and communities to develop mutually-reinforcing music-focused social enterprise network projects.

OneBeat is an initiative of the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with groundbreaking New York-based music organization Band on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, celebrating its 10e anniversary, OneBeat is redefining music diplomacy through a series of programs using collaborative music-making as civic discourse, Young musicians (ages 19-35) from around the world explore how artists, communities and institutions can work together to rejuvenating local economies through music, technology and the creative arts. OneBeat is a global community of tastemakers who combine their artistic processes with improving their communities.

We are looking for candidates who excel in the following areas:

Musical/artistic genre: folk music, hip hop, electro music, jazz, experimental music, classical music, sound art installation, DJ, audio engineering and others (including singing and dancing).

Age: Applicants must be between the ages of 19 and 35 on the program dates.

English proficiency: applicants must be able to converse and understand basic English, as this will be the common language of the OneBeat Virtual program.

Musical excellence and innovation: A high level of performance, composition, improvisation, production and/or technological competence.

Social engagement: Musicians who have used music in the service of their communities or larger societies. This may include guiding young people through music education, addressing socio-political issues, reviving dying musical traditions, etc.

Collaboration: Willingness of candidates to overcome cultural and musical divides by creating original music or reinterpreting traditional music, while respecting the essence of each tradition.

Registration deadline: apply via the online application system at before September 02, 2022 (5:00 p.m.)

Application results: the program office will notify applicants of their selection by the end of January 2023.

Eligible Countries:

Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Uzbekistan, Venezuela

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