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American Music Abroad Invites Applications for International Exchange Program
American Music Abroad


American Music Abroad, a partnership between American Voices and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is an international exchange program designed to communicate America’s rich musical contributions and diverse culture to audiences around the world.

Each year, approximately ten ensembles of three to five musicians working in traditional American genres are selected to conduct regional cultural exchange tours in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Central and South America, and the Middle East for approximately a month. For the purpose of this program, traditional American genres are defined as including, but not limited to, Contemporary Urban, Hip Hop, Rock & Roll, Indie Rock, R&B, Jazz, Blues, Broadway Musical Theater, and American roots music genres like Country, Gospel, Soul, Bluegrass, Zydeco, Cajun, Afro-Caribbean, Tejano, Southwestern American Conjunto, Native-American, and Folk.

As part of the program activities, selected ensembles will perform high-profile public concerts, engage in intensive collaborations with local musicians, lead jam sessions, appear in the media, and offer educational activities such as workshops, music business training for aspiring musicians, and motivational and education programs for underserved youth. In addition, the program will create opportunities for bands to engage post-tour with  program alumni and feature their music and expertise through Skype chats as well as Internet radio broadcasts on AMA Radio.

Prior to the respective tours, each ensemble will participate in the American Music Abroad@Home program in Washington, D.C., which includes a concert or education program in a local school or community center and an orientation at the State Department. All events — national and international — may be recorded, posted on social media, and broadcast non-commercially.

AMA tours operate under the official auspices of the U.S. government. The State Department funds international travel, hotels, and an allowance for meals and incidental expenses. In addition, a tour honorarium of $200 per day for expenses incurred while on the road will be awarded to each musician in an ensemble. American Voices organizes the tours with the input of ECA/State Department and participating U.S. embassies and consulates.

Musicians must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the U.S., and either hold or be able to obtain a valid U.S. passport.

Applications must be submitted by January 24, 2016. Finalists will be announced in late January/early February, and live auditions will be held March 14–19 in New York City and March 18 in San Francisco. Final ensembles will be selected by April 4.

For complete program guidelines, information about last year's ensemble participants, and application instructions, visit the AMA website.

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Deadline: 01-24-2016

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