Dosti Artist Application 2016

APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 1, 2015 5:00pm (Eastern Standard Time, USA)

NOTIFICATION: Applicants will be notified of the review panel decision by the end of October, 2015.

RESIDENCY & TOUR DATES: February 21 - March 23, 2016

CONTACT: If you have questions, please contact

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the costs of the Dosti program for participants?

    All costs will be covered for the Fellows, including travel and accommodations. Fellows will also receive a per diem and modest honorarium.

  2. Will the Dosti Music Project participants require visas to enter the United States?

    Yes. As part of a U.S. State Department-sponsored exchange program, Dosti Fellows must meet the eligibility requirements for a J-1 Visa, a non-immigrant visa for individuals approved to participate in work- and study-based exchange visitor programs.

    Dosti Music Project staff, in conjunction with the US embassies in Pakistan and India, will secure these visas for you, provided you meet the requirements.

  3. May musical groups apply together?

    Dosti Fellows will be chosen as individuals, although several members of a group may apply separately.

  4. Who is eligible to apply?

    Any musician (aged 19-40) who is a citizen and resident of Pakistan, India or the United States. For more details, see our full eligibility requirements.

  5. How do musicians apply to become a Dosti Fellow?

    Applications will be accepted on this website from July 1 until August 1, 2015.

  6. When is the application deadline?

    The deadline to submit an applications is August 1, 2015 5:00pm (Eastern Standard Time, USA)

  7. What is the selection process? When will artists be identified?

    All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee made up of Dosti staff, U.S. Embassy in Islamabad staff, and accomplished musicians. All selected Fellows will be notified by October 1, 2015 and will have two weeks to confirm their participation in the program.

  8. How many artists will be selected, and what are the eligible countries?

    We will select nine musicians to participate in Dosti (three musicians from Pakistan, three musicians from India, and three musicians from the United States). Dosti Fellows must be a citizen and resident of Pakistan, India, or the United States.

  9. Do Dosti applicants have to play a particular genre of music?

    Musicians with an advanced proficiency in music from ANY genre or background are encouraged to apply, including traditional music, hip-hop, electronic music, jazz, experimental, classical, sound-art installations, DJing, audio engineering, etc.

  10. Do participants need to speak English?

    We encourage applicants to have a basic grasp of English, to aid with their participation in ensembles and creative sessions, but total fluency in English is not required.

  11. How long will Dosti Fellows stay in the United States? What will they do while in the United States?

    The program will be around 4 weeks in length. While in the United States, Fellows will participate in a three-week residency, during which time they will develop, rehearse and record original material. After the residency, Fellows will go on a ten-to-fourteen-day tour to perform the music they developed during the residency and to participate in workshops and public events.

  12. Will there be post-Dosti activities for Fellows after the program ends?

    Yes. We will encourage Dosti Fellows to be part of a vibrant and growing international community of musicians, which includes alumni and partner artists from our OneBeat program.

  13. Do I have to be a full-time professional musician to apply?

    No, we encourage advanced students and highly skilled semi-professional musicians to apply. (We understand that music isn’t always the easiest way to make a living!)

  14. Are non-musicians who work in related fields eligible to apply?

    Dosti is only open to musicians, although we do encourage musicians to apply who also work in other fields.

  15. Can I participate in only part of the program?

    No. Dosti Fellows must commit to participating in the entire program, which will last approximately 4 weeks, from February 21 to March 23, 2016.