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#Music: OneBeat International Cultural Exchange open to Nigerian Artists

Published: by Nigeria Music Network Filed under: Press Release - 2,051 Views

#Nigeria is among the eligible countries to participate in this year's OneBeat International Cultural Exchange program that celebrates the transformative power of arts through the creation of original, inventive music, and people-to-people diplomacy. Applications for the program began last year [November 15, 2013] and ends by January 15, 2014.

OneBeat is an international cultural exchange that brings young musicians (ages 19-35) from around the world to the United States for one month to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop ways that music can make a positive impact on local and global communities.

The 1Beat programs focuses on three principles: dialogue, creation, and social engagement -- to foster mutual understanding and cooperation among citizens of the world.

Other African countries eligible for participation in the international musical program along with Nigeria includes Kenya, Egypt, Senegal, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Morocco and Mozambique.

Other participating countries are: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burma, Colombia, Cuba, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Russia, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United States and Venezuela.

What you should know about the OneBeat International Cultural Exchange:

1. 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.

2. OneBeat is socially engaged. The program looks 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.

3. OneBeat is a FREE program (but not a paid gig). The OneBeat program covers all Fellows' travel, transportation, food, and lodging. It also offers a modest stipend. While the program organizers 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.

According to OneBeat, applicants should plan to write about their musical background and interests as well as future projects and goals. Applicants will be asked to submit 3-5 samples of their solo and collaborative work (both audio and video are accepted).

Applicants will be notified of the review panel decision by May 2014. For questions or inquiries, contact  
To apply, go to: 

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