American Music Abroad


American Voices is proud to administer the American Music Abroad program on behalf of the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 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 2016-2017 program will tour from September 2016 through May 2017. The tours will focus on younger and underserved audiences in more than 50 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 Washington, D.C.  We invite you to visit the American Music Abroad website to learn more about the ensembles selected to serve as American cultural ambassadors for the American Music Abroad 2016-2017 season, the countries they visit and to follow their journeys as they tour globe.

The American Music Abroad 2017-2018 application process is now open! Please visit the American Music Abroad website for more information on the application process, or email for more information.