Ethno USA


Ethno USA is coming to NC Folk Fest in 2023!

The North Carolina Folk Festival and JM International (JMI) will partner to bring the international folk music exchange program, Ethno, to Greensboro during the NC Folk Fest (September 8-10, 2023).

Ethno is one of JMI’s 14 international musical exchange programs that convene young musicians in collaborative and educational activities that foster cultural understanding through music.  Ethno is present in over 40 countries and is JMI’s premiere program dedicated to folk, traditional, and world music.

Ethno USA, the only Ethno convening scheduled in the United States in 2023, will convene around 40 young musicians from across the globe in Greensboro for a week-long residency.

Each Ethno USA participant will teach a folk or traditional song from their home country to the other participants in a peer-to-peer, collaborative learning environment through workshops and jam sessions.  The residency will culminate in three performances for the public that will showcase original and newly arranged songs created during the residency.  Two of the public performances will be featured on stage at the NC Folk Fest in September.

Read the press release announcing this new partnership on our News page.


Ethno USA Applications Now Open!

Are you a folk or traditional musician between the ages of 21 and 30? 

Apply NOW to be part of Ethno USA 2023 in Greensboro! Scholarships are available – apply within the form.

Questions about applying to Ethno USA 2023? Visit or write to

Stay Tuned for more information about where and when you can catch Ethno USA in Greensboro at the 2023 NC Folk Fest!

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