DEADLINE Applications are due by February 17, 2023 5:00 PM EST.
NOTIFICATION Applicants will be notified of the review panel decision by the end of May 2023.
PROGRAM OneBeat 2023 will take place July 10, 2023 - September 4, 2023.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply?
See the ELIGIBILITY page.
How do musicians apply to become OneBeat Fellows?
Start your application by registering for an account.
When can musicians apply? When is the application deadline?
Applications for the program are open now, and are due by February 17, 2023 5:00 PM EST.
Do I have to be a certain age to apply to OneBeat?
Applicants must be ages to 19 - 35 during the program in order to apply.
What are the 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
Why are certain countries not eligible for OneBeat? Will you make any exceptions?
OneBeat 2023 will be focused on musicians from the countries listed above. Eligible countries are determined by the US Department of State, and unfortunately, we aren't able to bend the country eligibility. However, there are other programs funded by the US Department of State that you may be eligible for. For more details see: http://exchanges.state.gov/non-us.
Can I apply if I am from one of the eligible countries, but currently living in a non-eligible country?
While we are sensitive to the fact many countries have an extensive diaspora, in order to be eligible for OneBeat, applicants must be both a resident and citizen of one of the eligible countries.
Can I apply if I am currently a resident of one of the eligible countries, but am originally from elsewhere?
Unfortunately you are eligible for OneBeat only if you are both a resident and citizen of an eligible country.
Are musical groups able to apply together?
OneBeat Fellows must apply individually and will be selected as individuals. However, several members of a group are welcome to apply separately.
Are U.S. musicians also eligible?
Yes. We anticipate accepting a small number of U.S. musicians as OneBeat 2023 Fellows.
What is the selection process? When will artists be identified?
All applications will be reviewed by a OneBeat Selection Committee made up of OneBeat staff, U.S. Department of State staff, and accomplished musicians. Selected Fellows will be notified by the end of May 2023, and will have two weeks to confirm their participation in the program.
How many artists will be selected?
Approximately 20 participants will be selected this year.
Will artists be chosen from every eligible country and territory?
Because of the number of eligible countries and territories we will not be able to accept Fellows from every country or territory. We do intend to invite Fellows from every world region.
Do I have to be a full-time professional musician to apply?
No, we encourage advanced students and highly skilled semi-professional musicians to apply. (We understand that music isn’t always the easiest way to make a living!)
Are non-musicians who work in related fields eligible to apply?
OneBeat is only open to musicians, although we do encourage musicians to apply who also work in other fields.
Do OneBeat applicants have to play a particular genre of music?
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 (but not limited to): folk music, hip hop, electronic music, traditional music, jazz, experimental, classical, sound-art installations, DJing, audio engineering, etc.
Do participants need to speak English?
Participants should have a basic grasp of English in order to participate in ensembles and creative sessions.
What are the technological requirements to participate in OneBeat Virtual?
OneBeat Virtual Fellows must have access to a laptop or smart device (phone or tablet with video conferencing capability) and access to a reliable internet or wifi connection to participate in the program.
Will OneBeat Virtual provide me with the equipment or internet data to participate in the residency?
Fellows are responsible for providing their own smart device (computer, tablet, phone) with a camera in order to attend virtual meetings and activities. A small technical subsidy will be made available to Fellows based on individual need and on a case-by-case basis in order to purchase approved audio equipment or will go towards enhancing additional data/wifi needs should it be necessary.
How does OneBeat Virtual differ from OneBeat U.S. and OneBeat Abroad programs?
OneBeat U.S. and OneBeat Abroad programs are conducted in person, while OneBeat Virtual exchanges will be conducted solely online using various virtual technologies. While the method of engagement is different between virtual exchanges and in-person programs, OneBeat Virtual will employ the same collaborative music-making methodologies, masterclasses, performances and community engagement projects that are hallmarks of all OneBeat programs.
Who is the ideal OneBeat Virtual candidate?
OneBeat Virtual is collaborative. We seek applicants who are open to and experienced with collaborative creation. OneBeat Virtual is also socially engaged. We will prioritize artists who have a strong commitment to their communities and are seeking new ways to contribute to civil society and discourse through their work who are particularly interested in creating digital media, and in innovating within digital spaces, either as a tool for engaging communities or musically innovating within the field of arts technology, virtual collaboration, or online performance and presentation.
For OneBeat Virtual we are also seeking artists who have experience working, creating and collaborating in digital spaces, demonstrate skill in creating digital media, or show promise engaging and encouraging others engagement in web-based collaboration.
How will the virtual exchange be structured? What can I expect during the virtual fellowship?
The structure of the program is broken down into three parts: a 5-day opening intensive, 6-weeks of ensemble/small group work and independent work, and a 5-day closing intensive and showcase.
During the eight-week virtual residency, OneBeat Virtual Fellows will investigate new forms of virtual collaboration, form ensembles to write, produce, and perform original work, attend virtual masterclasses and open-studios, reimagine existing music, lead online workshops and produce a series of streamed performances and presentations for the public. Fellows will have the opportunity to pursue self-directed projects during the Fellowship. These projects should address a particular community and be focused on community engagement and participation. We encourage the development of projects that explore innovations within a particular field of arts engagement, digital media, or technology.
How long is the Fellowship? What is the time commitment for the online exchange?
Fellows will be expected to participate in 28 full days of online/offline exchange time over an eight-week period. Over the exchange period, Fellows will participate in approximately 18 days of synchronous (online) sessions with approximately two half-day sessions per week (3-4 hours per session), and short (60-90 min) weekly full group meetings. Fellows will also engage in approximately 10 days of asynchronous (offline) sessions where they will be expected to work on self-directed work, fellow-to-fellow collaborations, and other exchange related engagements.
Can I participate in only part of the program?
No, OneBeat Virtual Fellows must commit to participating in the entire 8-week residency period of the program.
What are the costs of the OneBeat Virtual program for participants?
There is no cost to Fellows for participation in the program. Fellows will also receive a per diem for online exchange sessions and a modest honorarium.
Will I receive compensation to participate in OneBeat Virtual?
OneBeat exchange programs are not paid gigs; rather international cultural exchanges supported by the U.S. Department of State. Fellows will receive a $1,500 stipend for participation in the virtual exchange. OneBeat Virtual will also provide a per diem for the scheduled synchronous (online) sessions. While we do not pay performance fees, OneBeat Virtual offers selected Fellows a chance to create new material, establish lifelong musical partnerships and friendships, learn new marketable skills, and develop professional connections.
Will there be activities for OneBeat Virtual Fellows after the program?
Yes. We encourage Fellows to be part of a vibrant and growing Found Sound Nation / OneBeat Virtual community - both online and regionally, through which Fellows continue to be able to collaborate on new works and project ideas. You will also be part of the U.S. Department International Exchange Alumni network (www.alumni.state.gov). This exclusive online community is composed of thousands of U.S. government funded and facilitated exchange program alumni from around the world and offers unique member benefits.
Can OneBeat alumni apply for OneBeat Virtual?
Unfortunately, we will not consider applications from alumni of past OneBeat programs. We do offer OneBeat Accelerator grants and other opportunities to past Fellows.