Revolution Remix
(A South Asian American Sound Tour of Historic Philadelphia)
Call for Artists / Deadline: August 31, 2018

For this project, made possible with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, SAADA will partner with five musical artists to create Revolution Remix, a South Asian American sound tour of historic Philadelphia.

This immersive and impactful multimedia experience will transform public understanding of immigrant history in the city by including South Asian Americans in the landscape of the early-American Republic. During a time when immigrant lives are being threatened and devalued, Revolution Remix serves as a powerful response to the question of who belongs.

Each musician will be responsible for composing and recording one new song that responds to a story from SAADA's forthcoming walking tour of historic Philadelphia. Artists will first convene for a one-day workshop in Philadelphia on Saturday, October 6 to participate in the walking tour and learn the histories. In the following ten months, artists will compose and record their new piece. The artists will then return to Philadelphia in late-Summer/early-Fall 2019 to perform at a concert where the sound tour will be debuted to the public.

Join Rudresh Mahanthappa, Rupa Marya, and Zain Alam in the artist cohort by submitting your application below. Applications are due by 11:59pm PM Pacific Time on Friday, August 31, 2018.

Artists will be asked to:
• Travel to Philadelphia for a one-day workshop on Saturday, October 6, 2018.
• Compose and professionally record one new song inspired by a story from SAADA's walking tour.
• Return to Philadelphia in late-Summer/early-Fall 2019 to perform at a public concert.
• Participate in periodic conference calls with SAADA staff and other artists.
• Be interviewed for Tides, SAADA's online magazine, and be available for other media requests.
• Be responsive to communication from SAADA staff regarding the project.

Artists will receive:
• A $3,000 stipend for participation in the project.
• Reimbursement up to $1,500 for studio expenses related to recording the new song.
• All travel expenses to Philadelphia for the workshop and concert will be covered by SAADA.

Application decisions will be announced by September 15, 2018. Email us at with any questions about the project or the application process.

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