The application has been extended to March 5, 2021 at 5:00pm EST

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DEADLINE Applications are due by March 5, 2021 at 5:00pm EST.

NOTIFICATION Applicants will be notified of the review panel decision by April 23, 2021.

PROGRAM OneBeat Lebanon will take place July 5 - 26, 2021.

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Applicants must be between 19 - 35 during the dates of program: July 5 - July 26, 2021.

Eligible Countries and Territories

Lebanon, United States.

Important Information for Applicants:

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 additional 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:

  1. OneBeat Lebanon is an online intensive. Fellows are expected to attend the entire full-time 3-week digital program, including virtual masterclasses, socially engaged online workshops and a final streaming performance.

  2. 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.

  3. OneBeat Lebanon 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.

  4. OneBeat Lebanon is a paid exchange. OneBeat Lebanon offers Fellows the chance to develop new material, establish lifelong musical partnerships and friendships, learn new marketable skills and develop professional connections. Participating artists will also receive both a $1,500 USD honorarium as well as stipend for purchasing necessary audio equipment and enhanced internet connectivity.

Audio/Video Application Materials:

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).

Review Criteria

  1. 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.
  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. Age – Applicants must be between 19-35 years old.
  5. English Proficiency – Applicants should be able to converse in and understand basic English, as it will be the common language of the OneBeat program.
  6. Country or Territory of Origin – OneBeat Fellows must currently live full-time in Lebanon or the United States.
  7. Technical Requirement – OneBeat Lebanon Fellows must have access to a laptop or smart device (phone or tablet with video conferencing capability) and a wifi connection to participate in the program.