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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Who is eligible to apply?

See the ELIGIBILITY page.

How do musicians apply to become OneBeat Fellows?

Start your application by registering for an account.

When can musicians apply? When is the application deadline?

Applications for the program are open now, and are due by March 5, 2021 at 5:00pm EST.

Do I have to be a certain age to apply to OneBeat?

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

What are the eligible countries and territories?

Lebanon, United States.

Why are certain countries not eligible for OneBeat? Will you make any exceptions?

OneBeat 2021 will be focused on musicians from Lebanon and the United States. Eligible countries are determined by the US Department of State and participating U.S. Embassies, and unfortunately, we aren't able to bend the country eligibility. However, there are other programs funded by the US Department of State that you may be eligible for. For more details see:

Can I apply if I am from one of the eligible countries, but currently living in a non-eligible country?

While we are sensitive to the fact many countries have an extensive diaspora, in order to be eligible for OneBeat, applicants must be both a resident and citizen of one of the eligible countries.

Can I apply if I am currently a resident of one of the eligible countries, but am originally from elsewhere?

Unfortunately, you are eligible for OneBeat only if you are both a resident and citizen of an eligible country.

Are musical groups able to apply together?

OneBeat Fellows must apply individually and will be selected as individuals. However, several members of a group are welcome to apply separately.

Are U.S. musicians also eligible?

Yes. We anticipate accepting 2 U.S. musicians as OneBeat Lebanon Fellows.

What is the selection process? When will artists be identified?

All applications will be reviewed by a OneBeat Selection Committee made up of OneBeat staff, U.S. Department of State staff, and accomplished musicians. Selected Fellows will be notified by April 23, 2021, and will have two weeks to confirm their participation in the program.

How many artists will be selected?

12 participants will be selected this year.

Do I have to be a full-time professional musician to apply?

No, we encourage advanced students and highly skilled semi-professional musicians to apply. (We understand that music isn’t always the easiest way to make a living!)

Are non-musicians who work in related fields eligible to apply?

OneBeat is only open to musicians, although we do encourage musicians to apply who also work in other fields.

Do OneBeat applicants have to play a particular genre of music?

Musicians from any genre or background are encouraged to apply. We are looking for musicians who have achieved an advanced proficiency in styles and skills such as (but not limited to): folk music, hip hop, electronic music, traditional music, jazz, experimental, classical, sound-art installations, DJing, audio engineering, etc.

Do participants need to speak English?

Participants should have a basic grasp of English in order to participate in ensembles and creative sessions.

What are the costs of the OneBeat program for participants?

OneBeat Lebanon is a free program to apply to and attend. Accepted Fellows will also receive a $1500 honorarium and stipend for musical equipment and connectivity.

Can I participate in only part of the program?

No, OneBeat Fellows must commit to participating in the entire program three-week intensive program: July 5-26, 2021.

What sort of activities will Fellows participate in during the program?

OneBeat Lebanon Fellows will form ensembles to write, record, produce, and perform genre-defying work, re-invent existing music, lead online workshops with refugee youth, attend virtual masterclasses and produce a streaming final concert for the public.

Will there be activities for OneBeat Fellows after the program?

Yes. We encourage our Fellows to be part of a vibrant and growing Found Sound Nation / OneBeat online community, through which Fellows continue to be able to collaborate on new works and project ideas.