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Monday, April 7, 2014


In recognition of South Africa as well as the Arts & Culture Trust’s (ACT) 20-year celebrations, Nedbank has made additional funds available for the support of an additional six projects in this funding cycle of the ACT Development Programme.

“It is an honour for Nedbank and its Arts Affinity clients to be involved in the development of arts and culture which has significantly contributed to South Africa’s 20 years of democracy through the Arts & Culture Trust. It is fitting that our recognition of this milestone should be marked by additional support of the development programme,” says Maseda Ratshikuni, Head: Nedbank Cause Marketing.

Beneficiaries of this additional support are: a play entitled The Man in the Green Jacket, a multi-disciplinary project called The Nothing, a series of workshops exploring Our Creative Diversity, The Rising Star Academy’s 2014 Youth Theatre Production, Business of the Performing Arts Workshops, and the development of Dynisty Entertainment’s Music.Com platform.

CEO of the Arts & Culture Trust, Pieter Jacobs, explains: “Nedbank is a key supporter of the Trust, and this additional contribution of funds that can be allocated directly to development projects proves yet again that our sponsors are 100% committed to the development of arts and culture and in South Africa.”

Jacobs continues, “We have recently seen an immense increase in applications, especially from the under-served areas including the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, North West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Free State. The latest graphs of ACT’s grant allocations for 2013 and 2014 show clearly that the Trust is committed to the allocation of grants that serve both projects of national significance, as well as the under-served areas.”

The ACT Board of Trustees also approved the following projects for funding under the current cycle of the ACT Development Programme:

- Call Time – A Beginner’s Guide to Running a Theatre;
- Public Space goes Digital;
- Phambili Ceramics and Photography;
- Technical development skills for arts administrators through the African Arts Institute;
- Support of dancers Cameron Lombard and Donlynn Fischer’s preparation for the SA Junior Champions;
- Sibonelo Dance Project’s Children’s Programme;
- Bloemfontein City Orchestra Trust;
- Research and development for a historical art film called Jetty SCOUR;
- The Wakkerstroom Music Festival Bursary Competition
- Kimberly-based ‘Work Creation and Music Production initiative’.

ACT is currently open for once-off and three-year grant applications under the newly-restructured ACT Professional Development Programme. For more information and to apply, visit