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American Music Abroad

Call to Artists


Deadline January 29, 2024


Welcome to American Music Abroad (AMA), a program that the Association of American Voices is proud to administer on behalf of the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.


American Music Abroad artists represent the new generation of musical ambassadors, reaching beyond concert halls to interact with other musicians and citizens around the globe. Approximately 10 ensembles of American music in different genres are selected each year to embark on a two- to three-week long, multi-country tour, where they engage with international audiences and artists through public concerts, performances and collaborations with local musicians, lectures and demonstrations, workshops, jam sessions, and media interviews.  AMA programs often focus on younger and underserved audiences, with little or no access to American music.

All musical genres are welcome to apply. This includes but is not limited to: Blues, Bluegrass, Cajun, Country, Folk, Latin, Native American, Gospel, Hip Hop, Indie Rock, Jazz, Punk, R&B, and Zydeco.



More than 120 AMA bands have traveled to over 130 countries around the world since 2012

How to Participate


  • October 30, 2023: Applications open for the 2024 – 2025 tour season
  • January 29, 2024 at 11:59pm PST: All completed applications and supplementary materials must be submitted.
  • February 2024: AMA announces finalists selected for auditions.
  • March 4 – 5, 2024: Auditions will be held in New York City, New York
  • March 7, 2024: Auditions will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • May 2024: Bands are selected and notified.
  • September 2024: The earliest Bands will start tours.


  • Demonstrated outstanding musical talent, aptitude in performance and educational programming, and adaptable skills for diverse international audiences.
  • High artistic standards.
  • Demonstrated commitment to education.
  • Experience and/or potential to thrive as cultural diplomats.
  • Bands are selected for tours through a competitive audition process.
  • Bands must be able to tour internationally for 17 to 21 days between September 2024 and July 2025 (based on band availability).
  • The program is open to all genres of music.
  • AMA Program Requirements for Bands:
    • 3-5 Members
    • All members must be U.S. Citizens.
    • Members can not have a Felony.
    • Members can not be delinquent on Child Support.


27 bands will be selected from the online application to audition live in New York City (March 4 or 5, 2024) or Las Vegas (March 7, 2024); travel-related fees to attend the audition if you reside outside a 50-mile radius of New York/Las Vegas will be covered by the AMA Program.

This opportunity has been submitted by . The listing of the opportunity does not imply endorsement by the Division of Cultural Affairs or the Department of State. Contact with questions or for more information.