Get Ready To Try Out For Lincoln Center’s Rhythm Road: Applications are being accepted!

Jazz at Lincoln Center is now accepting band applications for the 2009-2010 Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program. The program, now in its fifth year, is a collaboration with The U.S. Department of States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Applications are due by August 10th, 2009.

American music groups from throughout the United States specializing in jazz, urban/hip hop and other American roots music including bluegrass, blues, Cajun, country, gospel and zydeco are invited to apply.


The program’s goal is for these musicians to for the opportunity to travel to countries not frequently visited by American musicians to increase cross-cultural understanding. Over the past four years, 108 musicians from 28 ensembles have toured with the program, visiting 97 countries on five continents.

In the tradition of such musical alumni as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie, these tours focus on diverse geographic audiences and the dynamic interaction born of music,” said Susan John, director of touring for Jazz at Lincoln Center. “The emphasis on education as well as performance leads to powerful exchange for our audiences and musicians alike.”

August 10, 2009 Application deadline
September 23, 2009 Selected ensembles invited to live auditions
October 23-25, 2009 Auditions in New York City
October 27-29, 2009 Auditions in other city, to be determined.
November 6, 2009 Announcement of finalist ensembles for 2009-10 Rhythm Road tours
March-December 2010 Finalist ensembles perform domestically and embark on international tours

Applications for the 2009-2010 tours are available. Musicians inquiring about applications can call (212) 258-9899 or email:

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