2015 OneBeat International Residency Program for Innovative musicians from around the world

Application Closes:                                         February 14, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. EST

Fellows Notified:                                            May 2015

Program Dates:                                              October – November TBA

OneBeat is an incubator for music-based social entrepreneurship where innovative musicians from around the world launch collaborative projects designed to make a positive impact on local and global communities

An initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the groundbreaking New York-based music organization Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, OneBeat employs collaborative original music as a potent new form of cultural diplomacy.



OneBeat is open to musicians ages 19-35. Applicants must be 19 or older at the time of application and 35 or younger at the end of the program (October 2015).

Country:  Applicants must be a citizen and resident of one of the eligible countries:

AF: South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Mozambique

EAP: Burma, Indonesia, Fiji, Laos, Malaysia, Taiwan

EUR: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Serbia, Ukraine, Cyprus, Turkey

NEA: Egypt, Iraq, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon

SCA: India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh

WHA: Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Brazil, Haiti and United States

Participant Profile:  OneBeat is open to musicians, who demonstrate both an advanced proficiency in their musical work, and an experience with or interest in developing ways to use music as a way to improve their communities.

Language: Fellows must demonstrate basic English proficiency in order to participate in ensembles and creative sessions.

Musical Genres:  Musicians from any genre or background are encouraged to apply. We are looking for musicians who have achieved an advanced proficiency in styles and skills such as:  hip hop, electronic music, traditional music, jazz, experimental, classical, sound-art installations, DJ-ing, audio engineering, etc

Onebeat Music Residency Programme Details

  • OneBeat brings musicians (ages 19-35) from around the world to the U.S. for one month each fall to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop strategies for arts-based social engagement.
  • OneBeat begins with an opening residency, when Fellows collaborate to create original material, record new musical ideas, and incubate their projects.
  • OneBeat fellows then go on tour, performing for a wide array of American audiences, collaborating with local musicians, and leading workshops with youth.
  • In a closing residency, each OneBeat musician sets out their plans for the future, developing projects in their home countries linked to a mutually-reinforcing network of music-driven social enterprises.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Onebeat Music Residency 2015


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