Are You a Young Musician? This Exchange Program Is for You

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If you are a musician between the ages of 19 and 35, the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo invites you to apply to OneBeat, a music exchange and 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.

Now in its seventh year, OneBeat is cultivating a groundbreaking international network of leading artistic, technological, and social innovators in music.

Each fall, OneBeat brings 25 musicians from around the world to the U.S. for one month to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop strategies for arts-based social engagement. The program begins with an opening residency, when Fellows collaborate to create original material, record new musical ideas, and incubate their projects. 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 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.

OneBeat is seeking applicants who excel in the following areas:

Musical Excellence & Innovation – A high level of performance, composition, improvisational, production and/or technological skill.

Social Engagement – Musicians who have used music to serve their communities or greater societies. This might consist of guiding young people in music education, addressing social-political issues, reviving dying musical traditions, and/or other contributions.

Collaboration – Willingness to reach across cultural and musical divides in creating original music or re-interpreting traditional music, while respecting the essence of each tradition.

OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, & produced by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation.


AGE: Applicants must be between 19 and 35 year old during the program.
DEADLINE – Applications are due by 5:00pm (Eastern Standard Time, USA) February 9, 2018.
NOTIFICATION – Applicants will be notified of the review panel decision by the end of May, 2018.
PROGRAM – OneBeat 2018 will take place from September 12 – October 14, 2018.
CONTACT – If you have questions please contact