By: Aaron Shneyer, 2007-2008 Fulbright-mtvU Fellow
As a 2007-2008 Fulbright-mtvU Fellow I founded Heartbeat, an organization based in Jerusalem, which unites Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians to build trust and transform their conflict through the power of music. Five years later, I still direct Heartbeat and am working with our inspiring youth musicians and staff members to enable more teenagers to connect with one another and develop creative tools for social change. Through our workshops, youth musicians write music, learn about each other, and develop their musical abilities. Once they are ready, we bring their trust building experience and powerful messages to their communities through performances, workshops, singles, and music videos. Right now we’ve got programs running in Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel Aviv-Jaffa. We also just wrote a Hip HOPera on migration and human rights called the Borderline Remix, which will perform this year in Germany, Sweden, Israel/Palestine and other countries.
Meet the stellar artists who will review and help nominate candidates for our 2012-2013 Fulbright-mtvU Fellowships, including B.o.B., a rapper and singer-songwriter with three top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits; Diplo, known internationally as a curator among the world’s most cutting-edge DJs and producers, having worked with artists such as M.I.A., Santigold and Missy Elliot; “2012 mtvU Woodie Award” nominee and recent “Grammy Awards” performer Foster the People; and Grammy nominated artist and “2012 mtvU Woodie Award” nominee J. Cole, whose debut album hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
The Fellowships, administered by the Institute of International Education, were established to promote the “power of music” as a global force for mutual understanding. Applications for the 2012-2013 Fellowships are being accepted now through March 1, 2012, with more information available at https://us.fulbrightonline.org. The final selection will be made by the Presidentially-appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 300,000 participants from over 155 countries with the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
Apply now at the Fulbright site.The deadline is March 1, 2012.
A new line-up of musical artists will review and help nominate candidates for the 2011-2012 Fulbright-mtvU Fellowships, including Jared Leto, lead singer of 30 Seconds to Mars; James Murphy, the lead singer of mtvU Woodie Award-nominated LCD Soundsystem who is also a songwriter, producer and co-founder of DFA Records; and 2011 mtvU Woodie Award-nominated Matt & Kim, who formed their band while studying at Pratt Institute and who’s single “Lessons Learned,” won an MTV Video Music Award for “Breakthrough Video” and a 2010 mtvU Woodie Award for “Best Video.”
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