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“Smart power” diplomatic tool sends American music group overseas to perform

This news story was published on December 29, 2012.
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (right)

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (right)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A vision from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has helped send an American music group overseas to perform.

Part of American Music Abroad, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced that Kensington, Maryland-based folk group Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, with Barbara Lamb, will tour Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer have won two GRAMMY® Awards and fourteen consecutive GRAMMY nominations in folk and children’s music.

The trio will tour China Dec. 30 – Jan. 6, Malaysia Jan. 7-17, Vanuatu Jan.18-23 and Papua New Guinea January 23-27. Tour activities will include public concerts, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, media outreach, and collaborations with local musicians.

The American Music Abroad program, a partnership with American Voices, sends American musical groups overseas to engage with audiences and communities, especially underserved youth. This season’s 12 participating American Music Abroad groups were selected from a pool of nearly 300 applicants to travel to more than 40 countries to promote cross-cultural understanding through music.

The program builds on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vision of “smart power,” which embraces the full range of diplomatic tools, including music, to engage people and create opportunities for greater understanding.

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