Apply to Next Level

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Applicants must be:

  • Outstanding performers in one or more of the following: MCing, Beatmaking, DJing, Hip Hop dance, Writing/Graffiti art, or Beatboxing

  • Experienced Hip Hop teachers

  • Able to commit to traveling abroad for 2-3 weeks in one or more countries, and a brief Washington,DC, orientation

  • U.S. citizens at least 21 years of age

  • In possession of or able to obtain a U.S. passport (green cards are not sufficient to participate)

Selection Criteria

  • Artistic excellence and experience

  • Teaching ability/experience and communication skills

  • Potential to thrive as cultural diplomats and to use music, dance or art to promote cultural exchange and build community


Application Requirements

  • 1-2 page cover letter explaining your suitability for the position, relevant experience and teaching philosophy, as well as an explanation of how you would use your art to help promote cultural exchange and build community

  • 2 page résumé

  • 3 references with contact information (no recommendations should be sent at this time)

  • Links to 2-3 creative work samples (each 5 minutes or less). High quality videos of live performances preferred; audio only recordings are acceptable, but at least 1 sample should be video. Graffiti/Aerosol artists may submit 5 images of different artwork.


Submission Information

Completed applications and supporting materials are due by January 6, 2019, at 11:59 PM EST.

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If accepted, applicants can expect to be notified by March 31, 2019.

Residencies will take place between summer 2019 and spring 2020.

Please note: Group applications will not be considered. Next Level alumni and those who participated in the last touring season of of sibling programs (American Music Abroad, DanceMotion USA) are not eligible to apply.