OneBeat 2014, Apply Now !

  • OneBeat brings musicians from around the world to the U.S. to collaborate,perform, and exchange ideas.
  • OneBeat consists of a two week Residency, followed by a two-week tour.
  • Fellows create original material, give performances, collaborate with local musicians, and lead workshops with youth and community groups.
  • OneBeat invites musicians from a diversity of musical styles: rock, folk, experimental hip hop, electronic, jazz, classical, and more.


OneBeat is an international cultural exchange that celebrates the transformative power of the arts through the creation of original, inventive music, and people-to-people diplomacy. OneBeat brings young musicians (ages 19-35) from around the world to the U.S. for one month to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop ways that music can make a positive impact on our local and global communities. More than a performance program, OneBeat balances three principles — dialogue, creation, and social engagement — to foster mutual understanding and cooperation among citizens of the world.

OneBeat begins with a two-week Residency, when Fellows create original material, record new musical ideas, and develop workshops to engage local communities. This is followed by a two-week Tour, when Fellows give performances, collaborate with local musicians and lead workshops with youth and communities groups.

OneBeat is a musical journey like no other. It 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. OneBeat endeavors to be the nexus of a new way of thinking about how music can connect people from across the world and around the block.

In the first two years of OneBeat, 57 musicians from 24 countries gave a dozen public performances for over 6,000 people, created 40 collaborative workshops for more than 1000 students, and appeared in 60 original short films, thousands of photos and dozens of recorded tracks. After the program itself, Fellows have continued the work and spirit of OneBeat with long-term musical collaborations, and interconnected socially-engaged projects based in Fellows’ home countries.



OneBeat is open to musicians ages 19-35. Applicants must be 19 or older at the time of application and 35 or younger at the end of the program (October 2014).

Eligible Countries

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burma, Colombia, Cuba, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Fiji, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Zimbabwe

Important Information for Applicants:

Musicians from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, with or without formal musical training. We welcome music of all genres, including but not limited to: traditional/folk, hip hop, experimental, electronic, jazz, classical, sound design, beat-making, multimedia art, or any combination of these styles. In additional to full-time professional musicians, we also invite adventurous musicians who double as community organizers, instrument builders, writers, videographers, musicologists, educators, storytellers, dancers, shadow-puppeteers, and more.


Applications for the fall 2014 program open on November 15, 2013, and are due by January 15, 2014, 5:00 p.m. EST.


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