In 2010 the US Department of State, then run by Hillary Clinton, devised the concept of OneBeat, an incubator and accelerator for arts-based social innovation and cultural diplomacy. The department entered into a partnership with Found Sound Nation (FSN), established by Jeremy Thal and Chris Marianetti in 2007 as a social justice arm of the neo classic music organisation Bang on a Can. The intention was to build strong, just and healthy communities. "Music has a long-term beneficial effect on the relationship between people, as it creates a community connection for people from radically different cultural and geographic backgrounds," says Thal. "You can see the nuance, the humour, the struggle and complex social ecosystem inherent in each country. We create egalitarian spaces where different parts of the system can meet on equal terms." FSN launched their music education and upliftment programmes in the Bronx, New York, where they started an after-school training programme for high ...

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