OneBeat Balkans Fellowship 2020 Application

Deadline: 10 February 2020
Open to: citizens of Albania, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, United States, aged 19-35
Benefits: all costs will be covered for OneBeat Balkans Fellows


An initiative of the U.S. Department of State and A Bang on A Can’s Found Sound Nation, OneBeat is a music exchange and incubator for music-based social entrepreneurship, where innovative musicians from around the world launch collaborative projects designed to make a positive impact on local and global communities.

OneBeat Balkans brings together socially engaged musicians from the Balkan region and the U.S. to co-create original music, lead public workshops, and develop ways that the arts can foster trust and economic development between the diverse peoples of this culturally rich region. This one-month program consists of Artist Residency based in one of the partner countries followed by a two-week music tour around the region. With the successful implementation of the program in 2019, OneBeat Balkans has the potential to be a ground-breaking example of arts diplomacy, while building long-lasting connections between the peoples of the Balkans and the U.S.

OneBeat Balkans 2019 included a 14-day residency based in the Rugova Mountains in Kosovo, followed by a 10-day tour tour through Pristina (Kosovo), Skopje (North Macedonia), Tirana (Albania), Novi Sad (Serbia), and Zagreb (Croatia).

What you should know about OneBeat Balkans:

  1. Collaboration is central. OneBeat Balkans offers musicians the opportunity to collaborate on new projects and to explore new musical traditions. Rather than showcasing solo talent, OneBeat Balkans musicians will work together across stylistic and cultural divides in pursuit of new musical possibilities.
  2. OneBeat Balkans 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.
  3. OneBeat Balkans is a FREE program (but not a paid gig). The OneBeat Balkans program covers all Fellows’ travel, transportation, food, and lodging. We also offer a modest stipend. While we are not able to pay performance fees, OneBeat Balkans offers Fellows a chance to create new material, establish lifelong musical partnerships and friendships, learn new marketable skills, tour the Balkans, and develop professional connections.



Applicants must be 19 or older by the time of the program (31 March 2020) and 35 or younger at the end of the program (23 April 2020).

Eligible Countries and Territories

Albania, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, 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 addition 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.


All costs will be covered for OneBeat Balkans Fellows, including travel and accommodations. Fellows will also receive a per diem and a modest honorarium.

How to Apply?

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).

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