The (AMA) American Music Abroad program endures as a tool to bring people together across the world through education, entertainment, and the legacy of 70 years of musical diplomacy through the U.S. Department of State.
What exactly is the American Music Abroad Program?
The American Music Abroad program aims to communicate America’s diverse musical contributions to the global music scene. The program sends music groups around the world to promote cross-cultural communication with global audiences. Every year, the program sends ten American roots music ensembles on a month-long multicultural tour, where they interact with international audiences through public concerts, lectures and demonstrations, workshops, jam sessions, and media interviews.
Who qualifies for the American Music Abroad Program?
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Each musician must be at least 18 years old, a United States citizen, and either have or be able to obtain a valid United States passport.
- Ensembles applying must be trios, quartets, or quintets (3-5 people).
- Ensembles from any distinctively American musical genre, including but not limited to Americana, Blues, Bluegrass, Cajun, Country, Folk, Latin, Native American, Gospel, Hip Hop/Urban, Indie Rock, Jazz, Punk, R&B, and Zydeco, are encouraged to apply.
- Each musician may only perform with one band.
- There may be no more than five alumni of the American Music Abroad Program among the final ensembles chosen.
- Please see the American Music Abroad Eligibility and Application Overview for a more detailed list of program requirements and eligibility.
What is the application process for the American Music Abroad Program?
To learn more about eligibility and the application process, please visit American Music Abroad’s Application Criteria.
How can I get in touch with someone?
Please visit the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs website for more information on this program and all other education programs offered by the US Department of State.