The OneBeat Accelerator program supports our growing artist network by providing seed grants to Alumni who are developing and implementing socially-engaged projects in their home communities. These projects embody OneBeat’s philosophy of music as social practice, and are oftentimes incubated during the OneBeat program itself. Accelerator grants are awarded annually through an application process that is open to Alumni of the program, and range in amount from $1,000 – $2,500. Past awarded projects have ranged from online music festivals that support hard-hit artist communities, to films and podcasts documenting the moment, to drumming workshops and educational curricula for youth. The Accelerator grants are accompanied by public-facing presentations from each recipient, which share stories of impact from these projects with our wider network through articles, social media events, and virtual Public Programs such as interviews and online panel discussions.
Since beginning the OneBeat Accelerator program, we’ve supported nearly 30 incredible Alumni projects that impact youth education, women’s empowerment, civic engagement, the documentation of unheard voices, robust creative economies and so much more. In 2020-2021, as a response to COVID-19, we supported a wider number of artists and selected 20 Alumni projects for smaller seed grants.