In partnership with the East-West Center, Music Action Lab Pacific is an international music residency exploring the nexus of climate change and cultural resilience.
A collaborative platform for intercultural artistic innovation and creativity, Music Action Lab Pacific immerses artists through a dynamic, hands-on curriculum in social innovation and leadership development.
Giant Steps will award up to six talented musicians across the Pacific Islands and Pacific diaspora with full scholarships for the residency in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, including program tuition, travel, accommodations, and living expenses to advance their artistry.
In one month of nonstop musical and social innovation, Music Action Lab Pacific combines collaborative music-making with training, including
60 hours of music workshops and rehearsals with leading professional artists
40 hours of training and workshops with social impact experts
Workshops and exchanges with artists and communities in Hawai‘i
Public performances and workshops in O‘ahu and other islands of Hawai‘i
Recording session and release of album
Mentorship and support to develop a Music Action Project (MAP) to improve your home community
Coordinator, East-West Center Arts Program
East-West Center Senior Leadership Development Specialist
Dr. Jon Osorio, Senior Advisor
Dean, Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge
- Musicians of the Pacific Islands (resident or diaspora), including Aotearoa, Australia, and Hawai’i (Kanaka Maoli and Kama‘āina). Indigenous artists are encouraged to apply.
- Talented musicians with a passion for, dedication to, or track record of using music to improve a community and create social impact
- Able to participate in the entirety of the June 1-30, 2020 residency
- Between the ages of 24 and 40
- Curious, open-minded, and willing to learn from and collaborate with artists with diverse backgrounds
Giant Steps does not support
- Faith-based projects that promote a specific religious faith
- Applicants, their music, or projects that discriminate on the basis of race, class, gender, ethnicity, age, or sexual orientation
Artistic Excellence: Superlative musical skill in one or more musical traditions, preferably with a demonstrated ability to blur musical genres and excel in cross-cultural environments, and demonstrate innovation as a composer. We are looking for audacious, forward-looking musicians who embrace experimentation and risk.
Values: Alignment with core human values of empathy, humility, intercultural understanding, and respect; paired with core artistic values of collaboration, curiosity, experimentation, improvisation, and innovation. If you are accustomed to being a bandleader, you will need these values to adjust your expectations to a new experience.
Community/Leadership Experience: Demonstrated background in social engagement through music, whether through teaching, mentoring, volunteering, or other means, such as supporting a cause you care about or NGO. Those lacking such experience have space to articulate their vision and/or passion for this arena in their application.
How much music will I play?
A lot! You will collaborate to create new, original music with the other Music Action Lab Fellows every day during the week (Monday-Friday) during daily rehearsal blocks. We also encourage anyone to practice during free time. We also sprinkle in jam sessions, workshops, and concerts throughout the Lab. Participants should expect to be rehearsing, as well as composing, on a nearly-daily basis during the residency.