Call For Applications: OneBeat 2015

6 January 2015

OneBeat, a music exchange and incubator for music-based social entrepreneurship, is calling for applications for their 2015 fellowship. The mission of the program is to bring together innovative musicians, from across the globe, to work on collaborative projects designed to make a positive impact on local and global communities. The application dealine is 14 February.

The fellowship, run by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, is open to musicians from ages 19-35. In it’s third year, OneBeat involves a two-week music residency where participants are encouraged to work together to invent new musical works, produce and record in custom built studios, design engagement workshops for the public and meet social entrepreneurs.

After the residency OneBeat embarks on a two-week tour featuring performances, youth workshops, interactive public events and more. The program philosophy stems from the belief that music, original and of high quality, is the idyllic model for crossing cultural, social and political divides. Bringing together a mixed bag of artists, musical styles and training backgrounds, OneBeat hopes to create work that exemplifies these differences and fosters an interest in social entrepreneurship.

Mumbai-based producer Sandunes attended the exchange last year. Of her experience she said, “OneBeat was the most expansive and broadening musical journey which also changed the way I create, collaborate and respond to music on many levels. It was so touching to be part of a cross-cultural music family. I wish I could do it again.”

To learn more about OneBeat you can visit their website here. Learn more about application eligibility here, and apply for the fellowship here.

Words: Aditya Keswani



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