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American Voices Accepting Applications To Tour State Department’s American Music Abroad

American VoicesAmerican Voices, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is now accepting ensemble applications for the American Music Abroad 2013-2014 touring season. In the previous tour, Della Mae represented bluegrass music through American Voices. Artists interested in participating in this outstanding program can now apply.

To represent the full spectrum of the American musical landscape, musical ensembles from across the United States that specialize in Hip Hop, Rock & Roll, Jazz, Country, Bluegrass and other American roots music including but not limited to Native American, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, Blues, Cajun, Gospel and Zydeco are invited to apply for this international exchange program. The American Music Abroad program offers the opportunity to conduct musical exchange tours abroad, particularly to countries not often visited by American musicians, to foster cross-cultural engagement and understanding.

Musicians inquiring about applications can call 314-732-1323, email: ama@americanvoices.org or Skype: americanmusicabroad. Application deadline is 5 PM PST on January 18th. Then, on February 8th, there will be an announcement of up to 40 ensembles invited to live auditions. The live auditions will take place March 21-26, 2013. The announcement of the American Music Abroad finalists will take place on April 9, 2013.

More information and applications for the 2013-2014 tours are available at www.AmericanVoices.org/ama and http://exchanges.state.gov/cultural/ama.html.

American Music Abroad engages with people across the world through music. Working in partnership, American Voices and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will produce a series of month-long, multi-country cultural exchange programs for approximately 10 ensembles drawn from a wide variety of American musical genres.

Through public concerts, interactive performances with local musicians, lectures and workshops, the American Music Abroad program builds on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vision of “smart power” diplomacy, which embraces the full range of diplomatic tools – in this case music – to bring people together and foster greater mutual understanding.

For More Information: American Voices: Paul Rockower, 301-875-8319 or paul.rockower@americanvoices.org

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