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American Voices and U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)
01/19/20 11:59 PM PST
Opportunity for USA musical ensembles to participate in a 20-day international tour. Selected ensembles will have the opportunity to present their work to international audiences during public concerts, demonstrations, lectures, workshops, media interviews, jam sessions, and interactive performances with local musicians. Program activities will focus on younger and underserved audiences in approximately 30-45 countries in Africa, Asia and Oceania, Eastern Europe, Central and South America and the Middle East.
American Music Abroad is a partnership between American Voices and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The mission of the American Music Abroad program is to facilitate cultural exchange via musical performance and educational outreach. The ensembles selected will conduct regional cultural exchange tours in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Central and South America, and the Middle East for approximately one month. 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 under-served youth.
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 U.S. Department of State. All events nationally and internationally may be recorded, posted on social media and broadcast non-commercially.
The diversity of traditional American genres we are seeking, includes, but is not limited to Contemporary Urban, hip hop, rock & roll, indie, 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. Bands combining or crossing-over genres will be considered.
Successful applicant bands are required to demonstrate artistic integrity, musical ability and knowledge of the role their genre has played in American history and culture. In addition, bands must demonstrate knowledge of innovative Music Business strategies and a strong commitment to community and education programming.
GrantWatch ID#: 177382
From the 35 to 45 finalist bands, approximately 12 bands will be selected for the American Music Abroad 2020-2021 tour season. In addition, two alternate bands will be chosen in the event that one of the finalist bands is unable to tour.
There is a $300 honorarium per tour day, per musician. Most tours will last for approximately 20 days making compensation per musician approximately $6,000. Additionally, each musician will receive in advance of the tour a sum to cover a daily per diem for meals and incidentals as well as lodging based on State Department guidelines specific to each city.
Tours will take place from September 2020 through May 2021.
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