The U.S. Embassy in Armenia Announces the OneBeat Music Exchange Program for 2014-15

US Embassy OneBeat Music Exchange Program

What is OneBeat 
it is collaboration between the U.S. Department of State and the NY-based organization Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation. OneBeat consists of a two week Residency, when Fellows will create original material and develop workshop ideas, and a two-week Tour, when Fellows will give performances and lead workshops with youth and communities groups. The 2014 Fellowships will take place in the Southwest and West Coast. 20 participants worldwide will be selected this year.

Program Benefits
OneBeat Fellows will have their travel, room, and board costs covered.

Application Process
Interested applicants must complete an online application on the OneBeat website. The application is in English. In addition to basic biographic information, the application requires work samples (which can be in the form of audio, video, and/or written scores), including one solo work, one collaborative work, and a work of their choice. Applicants must include a CV or resume, and two letters of reference. Deadline for applying: The online application is open November 15, 2013 – January 15, 2014.

Basic Requirements
• 19-35 years old
• Citizen and resident of Armenia
• Advanced music skills, no formal degree is required, no genre limitations (hip hop, electronic music, traditional music, jazz, experimental, classical, sound-art installations, DJ-ing, audio engineering, etc.)
• Community work through music (engaging in youth development, conflict resolution, overcoming cultural barriers, working towards more egalitarian and democratic societies, education, music therapy, and other ways in which music can serve the greater society)
• Basic English proficiency – ability to communicate in written and spoken English on music 

Review Criteria

  • Musical Excellence refers to the quality of their performance, composition, improvisational, production and/or technological skill. Ideally OneBeat musicians will be innovating either stylistically, lyrically, or technologically within their musical worlds.
  • Social Engagement refers to the way in which musicians have used music to serve their communities or greater societies. This might consist of starting a music school, promoting peace and democracy through musical content, reviving dying musical traditions, and more.
  • Collaboration refers to the applicants’ openness and willingness to cross cultural and genre divides in creating original music, or re-interpreting traditional music, while trying to maintain the essence of each tradition.

Selection Process
All applications will be reviewed by the OneBeat Selection Committee comprised of OneBeat staff, representatives from the U.S. Department of State, music experts and musicians. The Selection Committee will provide their recommendations of Fellows and alternates to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for final approval. 
Selected Fellows and alternates will be notified in spring and will have 2 weeks to confirm their participation in the program. 

Questions and additional information
For questions that have not been covered on the website and this announcement, email at [email protected].