OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), which promotes international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, private-sector, professional, and sports exchange programs. ECA exchanges engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and emerging leaders in many fields in the United States and in more than 160 countries. Alumni of ECA exchanges comprise over one million people around the world, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and more than 300 current or former heads of state and government.
OneBeat is produced by Found Sound Nation (FSN), an eclectic group of musicians, producers, and artists who have a strong sense of social engagement. Working with people across the globe, from schools to prisons, from young to old, and partnering with local youth, social organizations, music festivals, and artists across all disciplines, FSN creates an imagined musical nation that transcends geographical, linguistic, and political borders. The work of FSN uses the expressive power of music, audio, and video production to give voice to underrepresented communities, unlock the creative potential of youth, and build bridges between communities separated by cultures, economic disparities, and geography. Found Sound Nation is the social engagement wing of Bang on a Can, the groundbreaking organization for new music.
The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation was incorporated in 1952 and has since provided financial assistance to a wide variety of organizations. At present, they are concentrating their resources in the following three fields: Promoting International Arts Engagement, Protecting Reproductive Rights, Improving the Performance of Public Institutions in New York. The objective of the Foundation’s international program is to promote global understanding through the arts. The Foundation has initial plans to support international engagement involving U.S. visual and performing arts organizations and their counterparts primarily in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.