About American Music Abroad
Welcome to American Music Abroad, a program that the Association of American Voices is proud to administer on behalf of the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. We have created this website as a resource for musicians to gather information on the application process for the 2012-2013 American Music Abroad tour. Furthermore, this site is designed to help you follow the dynamic American Music Abroad ensembles as they tour the globe.
The American Music Abroad program is designed to communicate America’s rich musical contributions to the global music scene as it fosters cross-cultural communication and people-to-people connection to global audiences.
Any characteristically American musical genres are welcome to apply in genres including but not limited to: Blues, Bluegrass, Cajun, Country, Folk, Latin, Native American, Gospel, Hip Hop/Urban, Indie Rock, Jazz, Punk, R&B and Zydeco.
In cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, American Voices will arrange a series of month-long, multi-country cultural exchange programs including public concerts, interactive performances with local traditional musicians, lecture demonstrations, workshops, jam sessions and media interviews and performances. The groups on the American Music Abroad program will tour between April 2012 and April 2013. The tours will focus on younger and underserved audiences in over 40 countries around the world with little or no access to live American musical performances. American Music Abroad ensembles are currently expected to travel in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America and Eastern Europe.
Prior to the respective tours, each ensemble will present a tour kick-off concert in their hometown and conduct an American Music Abroad @Home program in Washington, D.C., which includes performances and workshops at schools in underserved communities, immigrant community centers and foreign embassies.
We invite you to use this site to learn more about the American Music Abroad application process, the bands selected to serve as American cultural ambassadors, the countries they visit and to follow their journeys as they tour globe.
John Ferguson, Executive Director