Next Level FAQs



Can I apply together with my group?

Group applications will not be considered.

When will I be notified about the status of my application?

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

What if I have technical issues when submitting my application?

For any technical issues, please contact

Is it required to attend the Orientation in Washington, D.C. on June 16-18, 2019?

If accepted, Next Level artist-educators are required to attend the orientation in Washington, DC.


When will the overseas residencies take place?

Residencies will take place between summer 2019 and spring 2020.

How long are the overseas residencies?

Residencies typically are 15-18 days, including travel days.

Will I get to choose my residency location?

Next Level will take preferences into consideration, but final assignments will depend on artist-educators’ schedule availability and programmatic needs.

Is there an honorarium?

Artist-educators receive an honorarium of $200/day, including travel days.

Are travel expenses covered?

Artist-educators receive a daily meals & incidentals per diem that is determined by the federal government and is based on the location of the residency. Flights, ground transportation, and lodging costs are covered through the program, including for the orientation in Washington, DC.

Am I required to attend the entire overseas residency?

Artist-educators are required to attend the entire duration of the overseas residency, barring any family or medical emergencies.

For the overseas residencies, can I arrive early or stay late?

Yes. Artist-educators can extend their stay for personal travel, but will need to cover those expenses for her/himself.

About Next Level

What are the core principles of Next Level?

Next Level’s mission is to build global community through hip hop art and culture. When working with communities abroad we always strive to be respectful, humble, flexible, and self-aware; we listen as much as we speak and learn as much as we teach.

Will I be asked to speak on behalf of the U.S. government?

While all artist-educators represent the United States, artists are not official representatives or employees of the U.S. government. Thus, artist-educators, first and foremost, represent themselves and their art during the overseas residencies. Artist-educators are not obligated to answer political or policy-related questions and should feel free to refer anyone with questions about U.S. government actions or policies to the U.S. Embassy staff.