OneBeat Balkans

OneBeat Balkans 2019 Application

DEADLINE Applications are due by 11:00pm (Central European Time) Nov 5, 2018.

NOTIFICATION Applicants will be notified of the review panel decision by December 5, 2018.

PROGRAM OneBeat Balkans 2019 will take place from February 1–24, 2019.

CONTACT If you have questions please contact

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?

See the ELIGIBILITY page.

How do musicians apply to become OneBeat Balkans Fellows?

Start your application by registering for an account.

When can musicians apply? When is the application deadline?

Applications for the program are open now, and are due by 11:00pm (Central European Time) Nov 5, 2018.

Do I have to be a certain age to apply to OneBeat Balkans?

Applicants must be 19 or older at the time of the application and 35 or younger at the end of the program (February 24, 2019). See the ELIGIBILITY page.

What are the eligible countries and territories?

Albania, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, United States

Why are certain countries not eligible for OneBeat Balkans? Will you make any exceptions?

OneBeat Balkans 2019 will be focused on musicians from the countries listed above. Eligible countries are determined by the US Department of State, and unfortunately, we aren't able to bend the country eligibility. However, there are other programs funded by the US Department of State that you may be eligible for. For more details see:

Can I apply if I am from one of the eligible countries, but currently living in a non-eligible country?

While we are sensitive to the fact many countries have an extensive diaspora, in order to be eligible for OneBeat, applicants must be both a resident and citizen of one of the eligible countries.

Can I apply if I am currently a resident of one of the eligible countries, but am originally from elsewhere?

Unfortunately you are eligible for OneBeat only if you are both a resident and citizen of an eligible country.

Are musical groups able to apply together?

OneBeat Balkans Fellows must apply individually and will be selected as individuals. However, several members of a group are welcome to apply separately.

What is the selection process? When will artists be identified?

All applications will be reviewed by a OneBeat Balkans Selection Committee made up of OneBeat Balkans staff, U.S. Department of State staff, and accomplished musicians. Selected Fellows will be notified by December 5, 2018, and will have two weeks to confirm their participation in the program.

How many artists will be selected?

Fifteen participants will be selected for this program.

Do I have to be a full-time professional musician to apply?

No, we encourage advanced students and highly skilled semi-professional musicians to apply. (We understand that music isn’t always the easiest way to make a living!)

Are non-musicians who work in related fields eligible to apply?

OneBeat is only open to musicians, although we do encourage musicians to apply who also work in other fields.

Do applicants have to play a particular genre of music?

Musicians from any genre or background are encouraged to apply. We are looking for musicians who have achieved an advanced proficiency in styles and skills such as (but not limited to): folk music, hip hop, electronic music, traditional music, jazz, experimental, classical, sound-art installations, DJing, audio engineering, etc.

Do participants need to speak English?

Participants should have a basic grasp of English in order to participate in ensembles and creative sessions.

What are the costs of the OneBeat Balkans program for participants?

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

Can I participate in only part of the program?

No, OneBeat Balkans Fellows must commit to participating in the entire program:
February 1–24, 2019.

Will there be post-OneBeat activities for OneBeat Balkans Fellows after the program?

Yes. We encourage our Fellows to be part of a vibrant and growing OneBeat online community, through which Fellows continue to be able to collaborate on new works and project ideas.