Wednesday, 7 January 2015

A Chance For Kenyan Talent To Collaborate With World Musicians

Kenyan musicians have a chance to travel to the US for a music fellowship programme dubbed OneBeat.

Applications for the programme are now open till February 14, 2015! If you're between the ages of 19 and 35 please apply.

OneBeat employs collaborative original music as a potent new form of cultural diplomacy.

It will bring 25 musicians from around the world to the U.S. for one month this fall to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop strategies for arts-based social engagement.

Musicians from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, with or without formal musical training.

If you do 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 is welcome.

In additional to full-time professional musicians, the initiative also invites adventurous musicians who double as community organizers, instrument builders, writers, videographers, musicologists, educators, storytellers, dancers, shadow-puppeteers, and more.

What you should know about OneBeat: 

Collaboration is central. OneBeat offers musicians the opportunity to collaborate on new projects and to explore new musical traditions. Rather than showcasing solo talent, OneBeat musicians will work together across stylistic and cultural divides in pursuit of new musical possibilities.

OneBeat is socially engaged. We are looking for musicians who have a strong commitment to their communities and who are seeking new ways to engage in youth development, music education, music therapy, conflict resolution, a global dialogue through music, and other ways of working towards more egalitarian and democratic societies.

OneBeat is a FREE program (but not a paid gig). The OneBeat program covers all Fellows' travel, transportation, food, and lodging. We also offer a modest stipend. While we are not able to pay performance fees, OneBeat offers Fellows a chance to create new material, establish lifelong musical partnerships and friendships, learn new marketable skills, tour the US, and develop professional connections.
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