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American Music Abroad Application are now open!

By December 19, 2013 No Comments

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Application Criteria

  • Each musician must be at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen, and either hold or be able to obtain a valid U.S. passport.
  • Applying ensembles must be either trios, quartets or quintets (3-5 people).
  • The diversity of traditional American genres we are seeking, includes, but is not limited to Contemporary Urban , Hip Hop, Rock & Roll, Punk, Heavy Metal, Indie Rock, R&B, Jazz, Blues, Country, 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.
  • Each musician may perform with only one band.
  • No musical group or individual musician may participate in the American Music Abroad program┬ámore than 3 times in the last 5 years, including prior iterations such as The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad.
  • No more than two of the final ensembles chosen may be alumni of the American Music Abroad program.
  • Bands combining or crossing-over genres will be considered.
  • Successful applicant ensembles are required to demonstrate artistic integrity, musical ability, knowledge of American culture and music and a strong commitment to community and education programming.
  • Applicants must be amenable to rigorous traveling and performance conditions, as touring regions and itineraries may be challenging.
  • In addition to concerts and media appearances, selected groups will present educational activities that include, but are not limited to: workshops, classes and community outreach activities.

Selection Criteria

  • High artistic standards.
  • Demonstrated communication skills and the ability to communicate with diverse groups of vastly different age ranges, educational backgrounds, language abilities and levels of exposure to American culture and music.
  • Creative presentation of genre and education materials.
  • Demonstrated commitment to educational and community activities.
  • Experience and/or potential to thrive as cultural diplomats.
  • Ability to perform consistently and effectively in difficult touring schedules, climates and travel conditions.
  • Potential for successful completion of passport, visa, immunization and other preparations.

Learn more and apply on the American Music Abroad’s website.