EXCLUSIVE: Call For Arts Envoy Program 2018 Workshop Participants.

The Arts Envoy Program is an initiative of the US Mission. This program shares the best of the US arts community with the world to foster cross-cultural understanding and collaboration and to demonstrate shared values and aspirations. American arts professionals travel overseas to conduct workshops, give performances and provide mentorship.

The US Mission Uganda (American Embassy) is partnering with Breakdance Project Uganda (BPU) to organize the Arts Envoy Uganda 2018 program. This program will take place from August 1st until 15th, and will include; Arts business workshops, concerts and performances, community outreaches, Copyright and neighbouring rights forum, press conference and school outreaches. The program will take place in Kampala, Jinja, Masaka and Wakiso district.

The three workshops are scheduled to take place in Jinja and Kampala. The first workshop will be held on 3rd August in Jinja at Bax. The second workshop will be held on 7thAugust in Kampala at Sharing Youth Centre Nsambya. The third workshop will be held on 8th August in Kampala at Sharing Youth Centre Nsambya. Each applicant should choose one workshop to attend. Workshop sessions will focus on Building Your Brand and Business, Mental Health and Well-being, Media promotion, earning from creativity, Gender and the entertainment
industry, building and growing independent artists’ platforms, building artists network, promoting exchange between artists and creating alternative arts spaces.

Participants: People in the music, dance and the entertainment business; professionals and upcoming artists, arts managers, producers and educators.The first concert will be held in Jinja at Bax on Saturday 4th August, 7pm until 11pm. The second concert will be held in Kampala at YMCA Wandegeya on Saturday 11th August, 7pm until 11pm.

American artists; Toni Blackman, Trinise L Crowder (ATLAS) and Denise Stephanie Garcia (Sincerity) will share the stage with a number of Ugandan artists. Both concerts will be free of charge.

The Copyright and neighboring rights forum will be held at The Square (Industrial area, Kampala) on Thursday 9th August from 9am until 1pm. It’s open to everyone and no applications are required.



                                     Toni Blackman

About Toni Blackman

Toni Blackman is an international American rapper, educator, writer, speaker, actress and activist. She was the first ever hip hop artist to get selected by the U.S Department of State to work as an American Cultural Ambassador. She has served in Senegal, Ghana, Botswana, and Swaziland where her residencies include performances, workshops, and lectures on hip hop music and culture. She recently toured Southeast Asia with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Musical Ambassadors Program.

Toni has had documentaries done about her work and appears in numerous award-winning documentaries including Furious Force of Rhymes, Beyond Beats and Rhymes, and Freestyle. She has directed stage shows and performances since the age of 18. Blackman has shared the stage with Erykah Badu, Mos Def, The Roots, Boot Camp Clik, Me’ShellNdegeoCello, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, and Rickie Lee Jones. She has collaborated with
highly esteemed musicians including Craig Harris, James “Blood” Ulmer, Vernon Reid, Jay Rodriguez,
and master kora players Papa Susso and Yacouba.

Interested participants are required to submit the following information by July 25, 2018 to bridgingcultures18@gmail.com 

  • A completed entry form.
  • A profile/short biography (max. 800 words) with two clear recent pictures.
  • A motivation statement for your participation in the training (max. 500 words),
  • Sample of your work. Share a maximum of three links/sourcesReceipt of your application form will be confirmed, assessed and a decision will be taken on which individuals will participate in the workshops.

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