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 often 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 $2,500 – $5000. The Accelerator awards are also 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 over 40 incredible Alumni projects that impact youth education, women’s empowerment, civic engagement, the documentation of unheard voices, robust creative economies and more. Past awarded projects range from indigenous instrument-building enterprises to music business mentorship programs for youth to workshops addressing environmental sustainability and climate crises.