The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) is the world’s largest non-profit organization devoted to upholding Armenian heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs. Each year, AGBU is committed to making a difference in the lives of 500,000 people across Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh and the Armenian diaspora. Through the vision of its leaders and the generous support […]
Promoting Armenian culture and arts has been the cornerstone of AGBU’s programming efforts for over a century. In 2012, AGBU proudly established the Performing Arts Department (PAD) with the aim of connecting young Armenian artists worldwide and introducing Armenian art to diverse audiences. Since its inception, it has taken talented musicians and music lovers […]
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WHAT WE DO
The AGBU Performing Arts Department (PAD) is dedicated to connecting young Armenian artists with their musical and artistic heritage, creating educational and performance opportunities for the community’s talented artists and providing the international community with access to a talented pool of top performers. Our flagship programs create opportunities and recognition for emerging and established artists worldwide and include the Musical Armenia Program, the Sayat Nova International Composition Competition, Armenians in Film at Lincoln Center and the AGBU Performing Artists in Concert.
Since 2012, AGBU’s Musical Armenia Program (MAP) has been inviting musicians of all backgrounds, levels, and nationalities to come together and explore Armenia’s rich musical traditions. From folk to contemporary, liturgical to jazz, classical to blues - come explore the many faces, personalities, rhythms and notes of Armenian music through this one of a kind experience. Participants from USA, Canada, France, Argentina, Sri Lanka, Japan, Russia, Syria and more have traveled to Yerevan in the past five years to hone their musical skills during this three week summer adventure.
Get inspired by the unique flavor that is Armenian music through masterclasses, lessons and lectures with prominent Armenian musicians and musicologists, cultural activities and concerts, and weekly excursions outside of the city.
Discovering Armenia - its nature, its city life, its cuisine, its people - are as essential to understanding its music as the technique, musical history, and instruments that distinguish its heritage.
Join us on this journey to explore a country full of contrasts: old and new, traditional and avant-garde, east and west… Get inspired - make it your own! To learn more, visit
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The AGBU Performing Arts Department (PAD) is dedicated to connecting Armenian artists with their musical and artistic heritage, creating educational and performance opportunities for the community’s emerging and established Armenian artists and providing the international community with access to a talented pool of top performers. Check out our artist directory to browse by region, discipline and more.