One Village Music Project

Young musicians from around the world unite for a week to create music inspired by heartfelt, cross-cultural connections.

One Village Music Project


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Our first three albums, Precious Human Life, I Am, and Keep Breathing, are now available on iTunes and other online music outlets!  You can also purchase a beautiful physical copy of the albums by emailing us at

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Approximately 90% of the youth who participate in the One Village Music Project are scholarship recipients.  The cost of this week-long, overnight workshop per youth is $600.  You can give the gift of inspiration and provide a youth with the opportunity of a lifetime.



We’ll be pausing the OVMP for 2018 as we focus on developing other programs.

The One Village Music Project (OVMP) offers youth ages 14-18yrs, an exciting, one-week leadership and character development process through the vehicle of music creation and production. Young musicians, many who are refugee, immigrant, and at-risk youth, create, record and produce a CD,  with unique blends of alternative, folk, hip-hop, singer/song-writer and world music.

Highlighting humanity from all walks of life, the One Village Music project offers young musicians from around the world an opportunity to showcase their talents and collaborate in a professional environment, while building cross cultural connections, building bridges across differences, and developing leadership, collaboration, and communication skills.

The OVMP brings together skilled youth development facilitators with expert musicians and musical coaches from the Austin area, to support an incredible week of growth, learning and music making.

We’ll be pausing the OVMP for 2018 as we focus on developing other programs.

It’s a week-long residential/camp style experience, where we create a small ‘musical village,’ and it all happens in a beautiful hill country retreat center location.20 youth can participate in the OVMP, and registration is an application based process. Once all 20 applications have been received, we start a wait-list.

The OVMP was launched 5 years ago in partnership with Fuel Our Fire, a non-profit created by musician Phoebe Hunt to offer young musicians from around the world the opportunity to showcase their talents and collaborate in a unifying professional musical environment.

City of Austin Economic Development Department’s Music & Entertainment Division2016’s One Village Music Project was sponsored by the City of Austin Economic Development Department’s Music & Entertainment Division.  Big gratitude for the City of Austin for all of their support.


The One Village Music Project is excited to introduce our third album, Keep Breathing, is NOW AVAILABLE on iTunes and Spotify.  

Precious Human Life and I Am, our first two albums, are also available on iTunes and other music outlets.  Precious Human Life includes Wash the Pain Away, recorded at the Global Youth Peace Summit in 2008. Wash the Pain Away was born out of a talking circle in which several youth from the Congo shared their story of a massacre in their village in 2004. More than a hundred villagers were killed and almost as many wounded; one of the storytellers had been shot, and all had fled their village. The support of the other participants was immediate and absolute.

Still moved by their sharing, the young people were walking back to their respective cabins when suddenly the skies opened. It was August in Texas, the first rain after weeks of drought. What ensued was pure joy: the biggest mud fight imaginable. Inspired by their sense of connection, joy, and healing, a group of young people, including the Congolese teenagers and local musician Katie Gray, wrote Wash the Pain Away that same night; the next morning, with the help of other youth, they recorded the track.

To date, we have produced music videos for Why Are You So? and Precious Human Life.  In addition to recording, the One Village Music Project has performed at various events in and around Austin, including the annual Wimberley Watershed Association fundraiser at Jacob’s Well.

“Broken Wings” Rehearsal A glimpse into rehearsals for One Village Music Project – “Broken Wings.”

Posted by Amala Foundation on Thursday, September 3, 2015