OneBeat – for musicians

Photo Credit: Alexia Webster, OneBeat

OneBeat brings musicians (ages 19-35) from around the world to the U.S. for one month each fall to collaboratively write, produce, perform original music, and develop strategies for arts-based social engagement. One Beat is a chance for adventurous musicians from an incredible diversity of traditions to seek common ground, create new musical combinations, push the boundaries of music technology, and find ways to involve all members of society in the process of musical creativity. The program is 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.

Application period for 2019:   November 19 – December 21, 2018

“I think beside the musical element, this program is also showing us other ways of transforming our countries and transforming our communities to become better places, to become closer together.”

– Blessing Chimanga, 2014 OneBeat Fellow from Harare, Zimbabwe

Participant Profile

OneBeat is open to musicians, who demonstrate both an advanced proficiency in their musical work, and experience with or interest in developing ways to use music as a way to improve their communities.  We are especially looking for musicians that have a strong commitment to their communities, and who are seeking new ways to engage 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.


Fellows must demonstrate basic English proficiency in order to participate in ensembles and creative sessions.

Musical Genres

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:  hip hop, electronic music, traditional music, jazz, experimental, classical, sound-art installations, DJing, audio engineering, etc.

What is the Review Criteria?

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

2) Collaboration – Applicants’ willingness to cross cultural and musical divides in creating original music, or re-interpreting traditional music, while respecting the essence of each tradition.

3) Social – Musicians who have used music to serve their communities. This might consist of starting a music school, promoting peace and democracy through musical content, reviving dying    indigenous musical traditions, and more.

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Apply by December 21, 2018!

Hungarian Alumni

Check out former Hungarian participants’ profile and apply to be the next Hungarian to advance your music career with this one in a lifetime opportunity!

Vera Jonas OneBeat 2012 Fellow

Zsolt Bartek OneBeat 2018 Fellow