Next Level


This collaborative international exchange program engages underserved communities in six countries around the world and uses artistic collaboration and social engagement to enhance people-to-people diplomacy, especially among young audiences. Using multi-disciplinary hip hop collaborations, this unique arts-based exchange explores and addresses conflict resolution strategies by sending up to 20 American beat makers, DJs, B-Boys/B-Girls (or experts of other types of hip hop dance), or MCs in teams of 5 artists to lead four- to six-week exchange programs in various countries. Overseas programming will include but is not limited to: workshops, master classes, community performances, and outreach activities.

In addition to sending artists overseas, Next Level invites approximately six international artists to the United States to participate in a professional development program. Using equipment donated by ECA’s implementing partner, Meridian/UNC-Chapel Hill, participants in the overseas workshops, as well as the six international artists selected for the U.S. program, have the opportunity to gain the skills needed to become music producers – providing economic opportunities not only for themselves but for generations of musicians and artists to come. 

Program Length

4-6 weeks

Eligibility and Application Overview

Public applications are accepted.
  • Outstanding performers with teaching experience
  • Experienced in one or more of the following areas: Beat Making, DJing, B-Boying/B-Girling (or other forms of hip hop dance), or MCing
  • Able to commit to traveling abroad for 3–4 weeks in one or more countries
  • United States citizens at least 21 years of age
  • In possession of or able to obtain a U.S. passport

Visit the Next Level website for more information.

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