US-initiated music diplomacy program seeks Taiwan talents


By Joseph Yeh, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan–A U.S. government-initiated music diplomacy program is now open for applications and is hoping for more talented Taiwanese musicians, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said on Monday. In a post made on its Facebook page, the AIT said that the 2016 OneBeat Fellows program is now open for applications. Applications need to be made online via the 1beat.org website. The deadline for applications is Feb. 5, it added. According to the AIT, the OneBeat program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and Found Sound Nation, is a music exchange and promoter of music-based social entrepreneurship, where innovative musicians from around the world can launch collaborative projects. In October 2015 Taiwanese liuqin (柳琴) player Tsai Hui-Ya (蔡惠雅) became the first Taiwanese to take part in this “United Nations of Music” program, as the New York Times called it, the AIT said. The liuqin is a traditional four-stringed Chinese mandolin with a pear-shaped body. She joined 24 music ambassadors from around the world for the OneBeat music residency program.

The group traveled to and performed in Oakland, California; Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington.

“You could be next! You too can join the magical, musical journey!” the AIT said. For more information please visit the Performing Arts Alliance’s website, OneBeat 2015 Linkage or PAA FB. The National Cultural and Arts Foundation: OneBeat 2015 Linkage or Program website: www.1beat.org or Facebook: www.facebook.com/1beatmusic