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OneBeat Music Residency Program 2023 for emerging musical leaders (Fully Funded to the United States)


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Application Deadline: September 2, 2022

OneBeat 11 & 12 will bring two cohorts of 25 musicians together for two in-person United States-based arts exchange programs set to run in the spring and fall of 2023. 

OneBeat is 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.

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.

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OneBeat is the gathering place for the musical leaders of the 21st century. Launched in 2012, OneBeat began as an annual U.S-based residency and tour program that brings early-career musicians together from around the globe to collaboratively write, produce and perform original music, and develop strategies for arts-based civic and social engagement. Since then, OneBeat has grown into a constellation of programs around the globe, including the flagship OneBeat program, OneBeat AbroadOneBeat VirtualOneBeat Accelerator, OneBeat Industries, and the OneBeat Institute.

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Program Details

OneBeat 11 will take place April – May, 2023. OneBeat 12 will take place September – October, 2023.

Eligibility Requirements


Applicants must be 19 or older by the time of the program (April 1, 2023) and 35 or younger at the end of the program (October 31, 2022).

Eligible Countries and Territories

Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, 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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All costs will be covered for OneBeat Fellows, including travel and accommodations. Fellows will also receive a per diem and a modest honorarium.


The OneBeat program covers all Fellows’ travel, transportation, food, and lodging.OneBeat also offers a modest stipend. While OneBeat will 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 connections.

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The program will be approximately 1 month in length. While in the U.S. the Fellows will participate in a residency, during which they will develop and rehearse original material. They will then go on a 1-2 week tour, during which they will perform the music they developed and rehearsed during the residency period. Throughout the program Fellows will develop and lead creative workshops for youth and community groups.

Selection Criteria

Approximately 50 participants will be selected this year. 25 participants will be selected to participate in OneBeat 11 (April – May 2023) and 25 participants will be selected to participate in OneBeat 12 (September – October 2023).

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the OneBeat Music Residency Program 2023

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