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DEADLINE Applications are due by July 14, 2023 5:00 PM EDT.

NOTIFICATION Applicants will be notified of the review panel decision by August 31, 2023.

PROGRAM OneBeat Ghana will take place November 6, 2023 - November 20, 2023.

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Age Applicants must be 19 or older by the time of the program (November 6, 2023) and 35 or younger at the end of the program (November 20, 2023).

Eligible Countries and Territories Ghana, Nigeria, United States

Important Information for Applicants: OneBeat Ghana will bring together a cohort of leading young musician entrepreneurs from Ghana (and the West Africa region, depending on additional funding) for an intensive residency to exchange and build strategies for stronger artist communities and creative economies in the region.

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 addition 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.

What you should know about OneBeat: Collaboration is central. OneBeat offers musicians the opportunity to collaborate on new projects. 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 fees, OneBeat offers Fellows a chance to create new works , establish lifelong musical partnerships and friendships, learn new marketable skills,, and develop professional connections. Audio/Video Application Materials: Applicants should plan to write about their proposed creative projects and their musical background . Applicants will be asked to submit 3-5 samples of their work (both audio and video are accepted).

Review Criteria

  1. Project Proposal – Applicants must apply with a project proposal. Proposals will be rated based on four key factors: innovation, vision, impact and feasibility.

  2. Collaboration – Applicants’ willingness to reach across cultural and musical divides in creating original music or re-interpreting traditional music, while respecting the essence of each tradition. Applicants should be prepared to try new things musically.

  3. Social Engagement – Musicians who have used music to serve their communities or greater societies. This might consist of guiding young people in music education, addressing social or political issues through musical content, reviving dying musical traditions, and more.

  4. Musical Excellence – A high level of performance, composition, improvisational, production and/or technological skill. Ideally OneBeat musicians will be innovating stylistically, lyrically, or technologically within their musical worlds.

  5. Age – Applicants must be between 19-35 years old.

  6. English Proficiency – Applicants should be able to converse in and understand basic English, as it will be the common language of the OneBeat program.

  7. Country or Territory of Origin – OneBeat Fellows must currently live full-time in Ghana, Nigeria or the United States.

OneBeat Ghana is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, & produced by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation with additional support from the U.S. Embassy in Ghana and the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria.