OneBeat International Residency Program for Innovative Musicians 2016
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.
OneBeat brings together emerging musical leaders from around the world
to collaboratively create original work and to develop a global network
of civically engaged music initiatives
Now in its fifth year, OneBeat is cultivating a groundbreaking international network of leading artistic, technological, and social innovators in music.
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 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
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
Applicants must be between 19 and 35 year old during the program dates (fall 2016).
Eligible Countries and Territories
Important Information for Applicants:
Musicians from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, with or without formal musical training
- Collaboration is central. OneBeat offers musicians the
opportunity to collaborate on new projects and to explore new musical
traditions. Rather than showcasing solo talent, OneBeat musicians will
work together across stylistic and cultural divides in pursuit of new
- OneBeat is socially engaged. OneBeat are looking for
musicians who have a strong commitment to their communities and who are
seeking new ways to engage in youth development, music education, music
therapy, conflict resolution, a global dialogue through music, and other
ways of working towards more egalitarian and democratic societies.
- OneBeat is a FREE program (but not a paid gig). The OneBeat program covers all Fellows’ travel, transportation, food, and lodging.
- One Beat also offer a modest stipend. While we are not able to pay
performance fees, OneBeat offers Fellows a chance to create new
material, establish lifelong musical partnerships and friendships, learn
new marketable skills, tour the US, and develop professional
One Beat Program:
OneBeat begins with a two-week musical residency where Fellows will
collaborate to invent new musical works, record and produce tracks in
custom-built mobile studios, design public engagement workshops, and
meet with social entrepreneurs. The Residency is a time for Fellows to
listen to one another’s musical voices and to weave together their
interests, histories, and skills into unique, original works. Past
residencies have taken place at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in
Florida and Montalvo Arts Center in the Bay Area.
After the residency, OneBeat hits the road for a two-week tour featuring
performances, youth workshops, and public music-making events. Past
events have included an art installation and music festival in an
abandoned train factory, university panel discussions and workshops,
interactive street studios, and much more.
Deadline: February 5th 2016 at 5PM EST