Rock 'n' Roll Diplomacy: U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken Introduces Musical Direction in Foreign Policy
The presentation of the new cultural diplomacy initiative from the US State Department began in an unusual style - Anthony Blinken came on stage not just as a high-ranking official, but also as the frontman of a musical group.
Turns out the secretary of state is also an amateur guitarist. In public, he performed the famous blues hit Hoochie Coochie Man, made famous by Muddy Waters in the 1950s.
The initiative, called the Global Music Diplomacy Initiative, sees music as a tool for diplomacy. The goal was to support world peace, democracy and other key U.S. goals. The public-private partnership is expected to foster a music ecosystem, supporting the creative economy and providing access to education.
Special emphasis is placed on integrating American music into the curricula of various countries. English language learners will be able to immerse themselves in the culture through song.
Also of note is the launch of the American Music Mentorship Program. It will provide an opportunity for young artists from abroad to come to the United States. This will allow them to exchange experience and receive valuable advice from professionals. A special project aimed at Ukrainian musicians will allow them to interact with the international community and preserve their cultural identity.
In collaboration with the Fulbright Program and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts, a fellowship competition has been announced. The research topic is the impact of the arts on human health and well-being. The competition is expected this fall.
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