Accepting Proposals from Interested Implementing Partners for Next Level American Hip Hop Program

The Next Level American Hip Hop Program is Coming to Mongolia From September 16 – 28, 2019!

The U.S. Embassy is Accepting Proposals from Interested Implementing Partners – deadline July 14, 2019. 

As part of the “2019 U.S. – Mongolia Year of Youth” outreach campaign, Next Level – an international hip hop musical and cultural exchange program – is coming to Mongolia! This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by Meridian International Center in partnership with University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Meridian/UNC). From the U.S. side, Next Level – Meridian/UNC and ECA – works through U.S. posts partnering with local cultural institutions NGOs, universities, or/and other community organization(s).  Throughout 2019, the select highly qualified groups of American Hip Hop artists will participate in two-week residencies in 7 different countries: Bolivia, Ethiopia, Jordan, Nepal, Peru, Russia and here in Mongolia.  

The governments of the United States and Mongolia have jointly declared 2019 to be “Year of Youth,” and this program is being one of featured youth cultural events during the campaign, with the objective of bringing the youth of the United States and Mongolia closer through cultural and educational exchanges. Next Level works with embassies to reach as many constituencies as possible, especially underserved communities and youth. Programming includes artist-to-artist exchanges, community and press events, and educational programs (workshops, lecture-demonstrations, master classes, etc.), as well as formal and informal live performances. The educational component promotes mutual cultural understanding, conflict resolution, and entrepreneurship. Cultural understanding is fostered by the two-way structure of their pedagogy, which promotes the sharing of knowledge, values, and perspectives. Conflict transformation is modeled through group activities that require open discussion, the articulation of assumptions, and collective work towards common goals. Entrepreneurship, so integral to the history and development of Hip Hop, is emphasized through discussions of professionalism, networking, funding, promotion and public relations as they contribute to the goal of establishing successful careers, in addition to the donation of equipment to local partners.

The Next Level Hip Hop Program in Mongolia will take place from September 16-28, 2019.  The program will bring total of five artists including a DJ, MC, beatmaker, dancer, and a manager. The U.S. Embassy is seeking an implementing partner(s) for the program, and is accepting proposals with the following criteria from interested organizations until July 14, 2019. All proposals should be sent to pao@usembassy.mn.  The selection of implementing partners will be announced on or around July 19, 2019. 

  1. The partner organization must be a not-for-profit organization.  Proposals from commercial entities will not be considered.  
  2. Introduction of the organization
  3. Level of English of the relevant team members (professional conversational level English required)
  4. Capacity to recruit four different sets of participants for four different classes (ages 15-25; 20-30 participants in each of the four classes)
  5. Capacity to provide a venue for four different workshops at the same time (DJ, MC, beatmaker, dancer workshops will take place for around 120 people at the same time for about two weeks)
  6. Capacity to provide staging for formal and informal concerts, along with lighting and sound requirements.
  7. Estimated budget for items #4, 5, 6; if cost-sharing is possible, please reflect that into the budget as well. 

Note: this program is sponsored by ECA and the U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaatar. All of the events and activities will be open and free of admission to the public.