American Music Abroad (AMA) Program 2024-2025 (Funded)

Applications are open for the American Music Abroad (AMA) Program 2024-2025. The American Music Abroad (AMA) program brings people together worldwide through education, entertainment, and the legacy of 70 years of musical diplomacy through the U.S. Department of State. AMA is the direct descendant of the Jazz Ambassadors programs of the 1950s, which continues to demonstrate the power of cultural diplomacy as a tool to bring people together with music, the universal language.

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The 2024 – 2025 Tour Season will select ten bands composed of three to five members who demonstrate outstanding musical talent, aptitude in performance and educational programming, and adaptable skills for diverse international audiences. The ten selected bands will participate in an international tour to one to three countries over a 17-21day touring period from September 2024 to July 2025 (based on band availability).

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They welcome all musical genres, including a-cappella, country, hip hop, rap, rock, indie, classical, folk, Latin, rhythm & blues, soul, jazz, Broadway, gospel, and Native American music. Selected bands will be asked to partner with U.S. Embassies worldwide, creating programming that will connect people across cultural divides, further ensuring a sustainable impact for the rich legacy of musical diplomacy in the U.S. Department of State.

25 Semi-finalist bands will participate in live auditions in New York City or Las Vegas (chosen from online application). Selected bands will be given a 15-minute audition slot on their selected day (March 4-7, 2024), from which ten bands will be selected to participate in the 2024 – 2025 AMA Tour Season.

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  • Bands must be able to tour internationally for 17 to 21 days between September 2024 and July 2025 (based on band availability). Tours will visit 1-3 countries. Bands cannot select or request which countries they are sent to.
  • The program is open to all genres of music.
  • Each band must be composed of 3 to 5 artists.
  • All artists must be U.S. Citizens.
  • All artists must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Artists are not eligible for the program if they have been convicted of a felony or are delinquent on child support payments.
  • Alumni Bands that have participated in the American Music Abroad International Touring Program three or more times in the last five years are not eligible to apply (the virtual AMA programs do not count).
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  • Each musician in the band will receive a $300 honorarium per tour day along with U.S. Government per diems for the cities they visit.
  • All travel and production expenses are covered.

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Deadline: 29th January, 2024

American Music Abroad (AMA) Program 2024-2025 (Funded)

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