Found Sound Nation


DEADLINE Applications are due by 14 February, 2020, 5:00pm (EST, USA).

NOTIFICATION Applicants will be notified of the review panel decision by 1 April, 2020.

PROGRAM Found Sound Cambodia will take place June 7-21, 2020.

CONTACT For questions please contact [Please enable javascript to see the email address] or call 011-550-302



Applicants must be 19 or older by the time of the program (1 June, 2020).

Eligible Countries and Territories


Important Information for Applicants:

Musicians and dancers from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, with or without formal training. We welcome music and dance of all genres, including but not limited to: traditional/folk, hip hop, experimental, electronic, jazz, classical, sound design, beat-making, multimedia art, or any combination of these styles. In additional to full-time professional artists, we also invite adventurous musicians and dancers who double as community organizers, instrument builders, writers, videographers, musicologists, educators, storytellers, shadow-puppeteers, and more.

What you should know about Found Sound Nation:

  1. Collaboration is central. Found Sound Cambodia offers musicians and dancers the opportunity to collaborate on new projects and to explore new musical traditions. Rather than showcasing solo talent, Found Sound Cambodia participants will work together across stylistic and cultural divides in pursuit of new artistic possibilities.
  2. Found Sound Cambodia is socially engaged. We are looking for musicians and dancers who have a strong commitment to their communities and who are seeking new ways to engage in youth development, education, therapy, conflict resolution, a global dialogue through arts, and other ways of working towards more egalitarian and democratic societies.
  3. **Found Sound Cambodia is a FREE program (but not a paid gig). The Found Sound Cambodia program covers all Fellows’ travel, transportation, food, and lodging. We also offer a modest stipend. While we are not able to pay performance fees, Found Sound Cambodia offers Fellows a chance to create new material, establish lifelong artistic partnerships and friendships, learn new marketable skills, and develop professional connections.

Audio/Video Application Materials:

Applicants should plan to write about their artistic background and interests as well as future projects and goals. Applicants will be asked to submit 3-5 samples of their solo and collaborative work (both audio and video are accepted).

Review Criteria

  1. Musical Excellence – Artistic Excellence – A high level of performance, composition, improvisational, production and/or technological skill. Ideally Found Sound Cambodia musicians and dancers will be innovating stylistically, lyrically, or technologically within their musical worlds.
  2. Collaboration – Applicants’ willingness to reach across cultural and artistic divides in creating original works or re-interpreting traditional works, while respecting the essence of each tradition. Applicants should be prepared to try new things.
  3. Social Engagement –Musicians and dancers who have used their art to serve their communities or greater societies. This might consist of guiding young people in arts education, addressing social or political issues through musical content, reviving dying cultural traditions, and more.
  4. Age – Applicants must be at least 19 years old.
  5. English Proficiency – Applicants should be able to converse in and understand basic English, as it will be the common language of the Found Sound Cambodia program.
  6. Country or Territory of Origin – Found Sound Cambodia Fellows must be citizens and residents of Cambodia (and will be joined by 3 U.S.-based artist collaborators).
  7. Internet Proficiency – Whenever possible, Found Sound Cambodia Fellows should actively use email and be able to connect to the internet to participate in website-based activities.

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