Next Level Looking for US Artists for International Exchange

Published On December 16, 2014 | By Greg | News, USA

nextlevelNext Level (, an initiative of the U.S. Dept. of State and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is looking for Hip Hop artist-educators to participate in an international exchange program. In collaboration with the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Teams and U.S. Embassies abroad, Next Level offers workshops and presents performances aimed at reaching underserved groups and addressing pressing social policy concerns.

In 2015-16, Next Level will take teams of artists to five countries-in East Africa, Central America, and Southeast Asia-to use Hip Hop as a means of promoting musical and cultural exchange and fostering conflict resolution. Each team will spend between two and three weeks teaching and performing in the host countries. Participants are paid a per diem and an honorarium; travel and lodging expenses are covered.

nextlevel2Required Qualifications

Applicants must be:

  • Outstanding performers in Beat Making, DJing, MCing, Beat Boxing and/or Hip Hop Dance
  • Experienced Hip Hop teachers
  • Able to commit to traveling abroad for 2-3 weeks in one or more countries
  • United States citizens
  • At least 21 years of age
  • In possession of a U.S. passport or able to obtain one

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • Artistic excellence and experience
  • Teaching ability and experience
  • Communication skills
  • Potential to use music or dance to promote peace and cultural exchange
  • Potential to thrive as cultural diplomats

* We only accept applications from individuals; group applications will not be considered.

* Artist-educators who have already participated in the Next Level program or have participated in State Dept. sibling programs (American Music Abroad, DanceMotionUSA, OneBeat) within the last touring season are not eligible to apply.

nextlevel4Application Materials

Applicants should provide the following materials:

  • A cover letter (1-3 pages) explaining the candidate’s suitability for the position, relevant experience, and teaching philosophy. Letters should also explain how the candidate would use his or her art to help promote peace and cultural exchange.
  • A 2-page resume.
  • A list of 3-5 references with contact information. No recommendations should be sent at this time.
  • Links to two or three creative work samples no more than 5 minutes in length each. High-quality video recordings of live performances are preferred; audio-only recordings are acceptable, but at least one sample should be a video recording.

Submission Information
Completed applications and supporting materials are due by January 12, 2015 at Midnight EST.

Please email completed applications to:

* Due to the volume of applications, Next Level will not be able to provide feedback for rejected applications.

Deadline to Apply Jan. 12, 2015