OneBeat is the gathering place for the musical leaders of the 21st century. Launched in 2012, OneBeat began as an annual U.S-based residency and tour program that brings early-career musicians together from around the globe to collaboratively write, produce and perform original music, and develop strategies for arts-based civic and social engagement. Since then, OneBeat has grown into a constellation of programs around the globe, including the flagship OneBeat program, OneBeat Abroad, OneBeat Virtual, OneBeat Accelerator, OneBeat Industries, and the OneBeat Institute.
OneBeat provides a chance for musicians and artists from an incredible diversity of backgrounds 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. Produced and designed by the NYC-based arts organization Found Sound Nation, OneBeat endeavors to be the nexus of a new way of thinking about how music and artistic expression can help us collectively build healthier communities, prosperous societies, and a more peaceful world.
“OneBeat was sincerely one of the deepest experiences of my life, one that shifted the plates of my foundation both as a creator and human.”
– Courtney Hartman, 2017 OneBeat Fellow
“World music in its truest sense”
– The New York Times
OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the groundbreaking New York-based music organization Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation.