The Application Deadline for Sound Bridge has been extended by 1 week to March 31

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Eligible Countries and Territories

Armenia, Georgia, Turkey


Based in Georgia from July 10-31, 2023, the Sound Bridge project will bring together 12 musicians (ages 20-40 years) from Armenia, Georgia, and Türkiye to co-create original music and develop creative approaches to dialogue. The goal of Sound Bridge is to build camaraderie between musicians who are interested in community engagement and connect people across the region through artistic collaboration

The Sound Bridge program will begin with a residency in Svaneti, Georgia, where selected Fellows will create new musical works, producing an album of recorded material and several short videos. The program will conclude with performances and workshops in Tbilisi, Georgia from July 28-31, 2023.

The residency, based in the picturesque village of Lakhushdi, in the mountains of the Svaneti region of Georgia, will take place at the Lakhushdi House of Song, a rustic music residency center run by a family of local musicians and artists. After two-and-a-half weeks in Svaneti, the group will travel to Tbilisi to share some of the work they have created during the residency.

The call for Sound Bridge applications runs March 1 - 31, 2023. The application is open to musicians and sound-makers from any musical discipline or background, including: traditional, experimental, hip hop, poetry, sound art, foley, composition, free improvisation, or anything else.

Sound Bridge applications are open to any musicians ages 20-40 who are residents of Armenia, Georgia, or Türkiye. Working proficiency in the English language is required. Applications are due by March 31, 2023 at 2:59 pm EST (11:59 pm in Armenia & Georgia, 10:59 pm in Türkiye)

Fellows’ travel, food, housing, and production costs will be fully covered by the program. Fellows will also receive a $1,500 USD stipend for participation in the program, and will be eligible for an additional $1,000 USD in funding for continuing projects. Selected Fellows and Alternates will be notified by the end of May 10, 2023.

Sound Bridge is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State produced by Found Sound Nation. Found Sound Nation (FSN) leads some of the world’s most prestigious arts-based intercultural exchanges, including OneBeat and the Dosti Music Project. FSN’s programs inspire creative collaboration across geographies, while inspiring diverse audiences, training emerging cultural entrepreneurs, and catalyzing cross-cultural conversations across the globe.