International Music Camp Launching October 9th

On October 9, musicians from across the world are coming together in Asheville, NC to kick off an unforgettable 10-day music experience to create a unique folk orchestra.

The 2021 gathering marks Ethno USA’s first edition in a network of 38 countries organizing Ethno activities on six continents, and Ethno USA is the first Ethno in North America.

Ethno gatherings are international residencies for young musicians up to the age of 30 during which participants are invited to share their music through peer-to-peer learning, teaching, arranging and performance of traditional music.

Ethno USA 2021 will bring together a number of talented artists from diverse backgrounds in order to create a world and folk music orchestra built on the Ethno Method of respectful musical exchange between peers.

Twenty-five US-based musicians across 18 states will share the richness of their culture by representing Calypso and Reggae, Hindustani raga, bluegrass fiddle, folk guitar, West African percussion, Kabyle-Algerian and Nordic folk, Piedmont and Delta blues, jazz, Haitian folklore and more.

Twenty international participants – eager for travel restrictions to be eased – are bringing with them the folk music of Chile, France, Guyana, Ireland, Jordan, Scotland, Sweden and Zimbabwe, adding global flair to the Ethno orchestra.

Over half of Ethno USA participants, both US-based and international, will attend on full scholarship courtesy of the Ethno Mobility grant, one of the world’s largest support programmes for young folk, world and traditional music.

Julie Moore, Ethno USA Program Manager, stated:

“Working internationally with organizations like Music Crossroads Zimbabwe and the Jordanian Ministry of Culture to recruit these musicians has been a wonderful experience, but even more rewarding is the feeling of getting to know my own country. The depth of diversity in the U.S. is astounding. It is a real honor to have the chance to reach out to so many people – from tribal councils in Alaska to preservers of Gullah traditions in South Carolina, and many more in between.”

After a week of musical and cultural exchange, intensive workshops, school visits and a community concert, Ethno USA will be the opening mainstage performance at the LEAF Festival on 5 pm Friday, Oct. 15th, followed by a second mainstage performance at 2pm on Saturday the 16th.

Ethno is a program of JM International, the world’s largest youth music non-profit, with members in more than 70 countries worldwide. JMI’s network of 40,000+ annual musical activities reaches out to over 7 million young people, using the power of music for social change.


JM International has partnered with Folk Alliance International (FAI) to bring Ethno to the US together with local and national stakeholders. Folk Alliance International is the world’s largest member organization for the folk music industry and community. Founded in 1989, FAI’s mission is to serve, strengthen, and engage the global folk music community through preservation, presentation, and promotion.

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