International cultural exchange news

July 8, 2016

Federal funding: your summer homework with elected officials

Given that this is an election year, the House and Senate are taking a long summer recess, which makes the prospects uncertain for the federal budget to be completed. Bills that are of importance to the orchestra community are on the move, and here is the latest on where things stand for:

  • Cultural ExchangeThe House Subcommittee has recommended $112 million in FY17 for the U.S. Department of State's Office of Citizen Exchanges, which administers arts, sports, youth, and other exchanges. The Senate is further along in its process, with the Appropriations Committee having just approved $107.69 million, a more modest increase above the FY16 level. In its report language accompanying the funding recommendation, Senate Appropriators made special mention of youth orchestras:

    Citizen Exchange Programs-The Committee encourages the Secretary of State to support, from funds provided for Citizen Exchange programs, exchanges for youth orchestra and other musical ensembles administered by the Youth Programs Division in coordination with the Cultural Programs Division.

January 4, 2016

Cultural Diplomacy Opportunity: Musicians May Apply Now

Orchestra musicians interested in participating in international cultural diplomacy should take note of two application deadlines at the U.S. Department of State. The 2016-2017 season of American Music Abroad is currently accepting applications until January 24, 2016. Applicants should demonstrate artistic integrity, musical ability, knowledge of music in American history and culture, Music Business strategies and a strong commitment to community and education programming. Groups of 3-5 are encouraged to apply.

Another opportunity is to apply for OneBeat 2016, which is accepting applications from January 4-February 5, 2016.  OneBeat returns for its fifth year, convening innovative musicians from every region of the world in the U.S. for an exhilarating month of performances, discussions, interactive music-making events, and more. Interested musicians can learn more online.

July 31, 2013

Silk Road Grant Seeking RFPs for South Central Asia

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has just announced a new Request for Proposals (RFP) with a very quickly-approaching deadline of August 16th. Proposals should highlight the relationship between any combination of two or more of the following nations: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, or Uzbekistan. This competition is designed to use people-to-people activities that advance the vision of a New Silk Road connecting Afghanistan to its neighbors through networks of trade, transit and people, or expand regional connectivity along the Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor.

Each proposal must specifically respond to one priority theme: cultural heritage and understanding; access to education; journalistic ties & regional reporting; or cross-border networks and problem solving. Please go to Funding Opportunity Number SCAPPD-13-AW-150-SCA-07172013 at for more information.

You may contact Ellen Delage in the Office of Press and Public Diplomacy, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA/PPD) with questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

March 13, 2009

Congress Approves FY09 Increase for Educational Cultural Exchange Programs

The Educational and Cultural Exchange programs of the U.S. State Department received $538 million for FY09. While it is not clear how much of this funding might be dedicated to the grant program that supports international cultural exchanges, this represents an overall increase for the program. The League will be in touch as opportunities may arise for orchestras to apply for open competitions.

Learn More About Cultural Exchange Programming

December 19, 2007 

Cultural Exchange Funds Available  

The Educational and Cultural Exchange programs of the U.S. State Department received a $59 million increase for FY08. While it is not clear how much of this funding might be dedicated to the grant program that supports international cultural exchanges, orchestras should take note of a current grant opportunity. The State Department is inviting grant proposals for programs that support international exchanges and build relationships between U.S. nonprofit organizations and cultural groups abroad. Eligible programs will support exchanges with Africa, East Asia, Europe, the Near East, North Africa, South Central Asia and the Western Hemisphere. The application process is highly competitive, and focuses on projects that encourage citizen engagement in current issues, focus particularly on youth, and promote the development of democratic societies and institutions. Applications are due February 15, 2008. 

Learn Further Details About the Open Competition