About OneBeat

OneBeat is an international cultural exchange that celebrates the transformative power of the arts through the creation of original, inventive music, and people-to-people diplomacy. More than a performance program, OneBeat balances three principles: dialogue, creation, and social engagement to foster mutual understanding and cooperation among citizens of the world. By giving international artists from abroad and the United States creative opportunities to interact, OneBeat furthers these vital goals, one unexpected musical piece at a time. OneBeat is a musical journey like no other. It is a chance for adventurous musicians from an incredible diversity of traditions to seek common ground, create new musical combinations, push the boundaries of music technology, and find ways to involve all members of society in the process of musical creativity. OneBeat endeavors to be the nexus of a new way of thinking about how music can connect people from across the world and around the block.

OneBeat consists of a two-week Residency, when Fellows create original material and develop workshop ideas to engage local communities, and a two-week Tour, when Fellows give performances, collaborate with local musicians and lead workshops with youth and communities groups. OneBeat Fellows work with a diverse group of expert Collaborating Artists—including luminaries of classical music, hip-hop, jazz and more—to develop and deepen the scope of their collaborative work.

In 2012, 32 musicians (ages 19-35) from 21 countries gave 17 public performances for more than 3000 people, conducted a dozen workshops for more than 1000 participants, and appeared in 500 photos, 75 original short films and dozens of recorded tracks. In the fall of 2013, 25 musicians from around the world will come together in the U.S. for four weeks to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop ways that music can make a positive impact on our local and global communities

OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Bureau supports U.S. foreign policy by fostering mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges that engage women, youth, underserved communities, educators, artists, athletes, and rising leaders in the U.S. and more than 160 countries.

One BeatSM is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation.

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OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), which promotes international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, private-sector, professional, and sports exchange programs. ECA exchanges engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and emerging leaders in many fields in the United States and in more than 160 countries. Alumni of ECA exchanges comprise over one million people around the world, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and more than 300 current or former heads of state and government.


OneBeat is produced by Found Sound Nation (FSN), an eclectic group of musicians, producers, and artists who have a strong sense of social engagement. Working with people across the globe, from schools to prisons, from young to old, and partnering with local youth, social organizations, music festivals, and artists across all disciplines, FSN creates an imagined musical nation that transcends geographical, linguistic, and political borders. The work of FSN uses the expressive power of music, audio, and video production to give voice to underrepresented communities, unlock the creative potential of youth, and build bridges between communities separated by cultures, economic disparities, and geography. Found Sound Nation is the social engagement wing of Bang on a Can, the groundbreaking organization for new music.


Bang on a Can is dedicated to making music new. Since its first Marathon concert in 1987, Bang on a Can has been creating an international community dedicated to innovative music, wherever it is found. With adventurous programs, it commissions new composers, performs, presents, and records new work, develops new audiences, and educates the musicians of the future. Bang on a Can is building a world in which powerful new musical ideas flow freely across all genres and borders. Bang on a Can plays “a central role in fostering a new kind of audience that doesn’t concern itself with boundaries. If music is made with originality and integrity, these listeners will come.” (The New York Times)


The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation was incorporated in 1952 and has since provided financial assistance to a wide variety of organizations. At present, they are concentrating their resources in the following three fields: Promoting International Arts Engagement, Protecting Reproductive Rights, Improving the Performance of Public Institutions in New York. The objective of the Foundation’s international program is to promote global understanding through the arts. The Foundation has initial plans to support international engagement involving U.S. visual and performing arts organizations and their counterparts primarily in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.



Ableton  Atlantic Center For The Arts Nuit Blance New York The Kennedy Center

Words Beats & Life  World Up Dubspot  BRIC

Beatmaking Lab Busboys and poets Glyph Production Technologies  Peluso

SUNU KADDU Durham Arts Council To BeThe June Bug Center

Kidz Notes  Redux  Sacrificial Poets  The Arts Center

Washington Parks and People


OneBeat℠ is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, produced by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation.