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American Music Abroad, a partnership between American Voices and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is an international exchange program designed to communicate America’s rich musical contributions and diverse culture to audiences around the world.
Each year, approximately ten ensembles are selected to conduct regional cultural exchange tours of approximately a month in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Central and South America, and the Middle East. As part of the program activities, selected ensembles will perform high-profile public concerts, engage in intensive collaborations with local musicians, lead jam sessions, appear in the media, and offer educational activities such as workshops, music business training for aspiring musicians, and motivational and education programs for underserved youth.
In addition, the program will create opportunities for bands to engage post-tour with the participant alumni through the creation of online tutorials for music, music business, and English-language learning. Musicians will also feature their music and share their expertise through Skype chats and Internet radio broadcasts on AMA Radio.
Prior to their respective tours, ensembles will participate in the American Music Abroad@Home program in Washington, D.C., which includes a concert or education program in a local school or community center and an orientation at the State Department. All events nationally and internationally may be recorded, posted on social media, and broadcast non-commercially.
AMA tours operate under the official auspices of the U.S. government. The State Department funds international travel, hotels, and an allowance for meals and incidental expenses. In addition, a tour honorarium of $200 per day will be awarded to each individual musician in an ensemble. American Voices organizes the tours with the input of ECA/State Department and participating U.S. embassies and consulates.
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.