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Sunday, March 24, 2013


British Council and SAMRO Foundation present the South African International Music Mobility Fund, a programme which provides travel grants for South African musicians.

First round applications deadline: Sunday April 14, 2013.

Established by the SAMRO Foundation and the British Council, the South African International Music Mobility Fund is a joint one-year funding programme which offers opportunities for South African music professionals to spend time building links in neighbouring SADC countries and the UK.

The fund is designed to help musicians, music industry professionals and organisations build on already established domestic success and develop connections, markets and audiences in the SADC and UK for their work.

Successful applicants will receive funds towards travel and transportation; per diems; material costs (hiring of backline and other music & sound equipment), accommodation and visas.

The types of projects that may be financed are:

-       tours and concerts (performances; country and regional tours; participation at festivals and showcases, etc.);
-       collaborative projects (artistic collaborations between musicians in South Africa and SADC countries or the UK);
-       professional development projects and visits (for South African music industry professionals to build networks, and knowledge in SADC or the UK. Projects of this nature must directly lead to the development of live music).

Applicants will need to conduct their own research and have identified and communicated with a potential partner or host based in the country they wish to work in. The partner may be an individual or organisation and must be an established musician or music professional. 

Projects must take place in one or more of the following countries: United Kingdom, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Lesotho. The duration of the project may not be less than four days nor exceed six months.

Those interested must complete the application form in English including the below mandatory attachments:
1.    Legal documentation of the applicant: ID/Passport copy for individuals and organisation representatives; deed of incorporation for organisation.
2.    Letter from the applicant’s international host confirming their support for the visit.
3.    Evidence that the applicant is a musician or music professional (such as press coverage, website links, evidence of prizes, public appearances or residencies, CV, etc.).
4.    Budget (income and expenditure of the project).

The application, with the above items, should be sent by email or post to Naseema Yusuf ( SAMRO Foundation, 20 De Korte Street, 4th Floor, 2017, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

The announcement of the first round of successful applicants will be released on April 26.