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

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DEADLINE Applications are due by March 31, 2023 2:59 PM EST (11:59 pm in Armenia & Georgia, 10:59 pm in Türkiye).

NOTIFICATION Applicants will be notified of the review panel decision by May 10 2023.

PROGRAM Sound Bridge 2023 will take place July 10, 2023 - July 31, 2023.

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Applicants must be 20 or older by the time of the program (July 10, 2023) and 40 or younger at the end of the program (July 31, 2023).

Eligible Countries and Territories

You are eligible for Sound Bridge if you are a legal resident of Armenia, Georgia, and Türkiye (musicians living in the U.S. are not eligible to apply). It is not required that you be a citizen of those countries to apply.

English Proficiency

Applicants should be able to converse in and understand basic English, as it will be the common language of the Sound Bridge program.

Artist Background

Musicians from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, with or without formal musical training. We welcome music of all genres. In addition to full-time professional musicians, we also invite adventurous musicians who are civic leaders, instrument builders, writers, videographers, musicologists, educators, storytellers, dancers, and more. Sound Bridge Fellows must apply individually and will be selected as individuals. However, several members of a group are welcome to apply separately.

Review Criteria

  1. Musical Excellence – A high level of performance, composition, improvisational, production and/or technological skill. Ideally, Sound Bridge musicians will be innovating stylistically, lyrically, or technologically within their musical worlds.

  2. Collaboration – Applicants’ willingness to reach across cultural and musical divides in creating original music or re-interpreting traditional music, while respecting the essence of each tradition. Applicants should be prepared to try new things musically.

  3. Social Engagement – Musicians who have used music to serve their communities or greater societies. This might consist of guiding young people in music education, addressing social or political issues through musical content, reviving dying musical traditions, and more.