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 heritage and diverse culture to audiences around the world.
Each year, approximately ten ensembles are selected to conduct regional cultural exchange tours in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Central and South America, and the Middle East. As part of their activities, selected ensembles are expected to perform high-profile public concerts, engage in collaborations with local musicians, lead jam sessions, make themselves available to local media, and offer educational activities such as workshops, business training for aspiring musicians, and programs for underserved youth.
The program plan also should include opportunities for ensemble members to engage post-tour in the creation of online tutorials and share their expertise through Skype chats and Internet radio broadcasts.
Prior to its respective tour, each ensemble 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 is awarded to each individual musician. American Voices organizes the tours with the input of ECA/State Department and participating U.S. embassies and consulates.
Ensemble members 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.
The application process opens on November 1, 2017, and applications must be received no later than January 21, 2018.
For complete program guidelines, information about last year's participants, and application instructions, see the AMA website.