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Thursday, March 31, 2016


Deadline: April 3, 2016

Planning a music tour but unsure how to fund it? There are a few days left to apply to Concerts SA’s Music Mobility Fund, which will select new projects to support in April.

This tour funding mechanism offers opportunities for professional South African musicians to undertake live music tours in South Africa as well as other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries. The fund provides support to live music performances, collaborations and performance-based workshops.

Following the success of the 2014 and 2015 rounds of funding, applications are now open for the first iteration of Music Mobility Fund disbursements this year. The deadline for submissions is April 3, 2016, and tours should take place between late April 2016 and October 30, 2016.

Since it was initiated in 2013, the Music Mobility Fund has supported more than 70 tours and has featured artists like Wendy Oldfield and Paul Hanmer, Ihashi Elimhlophe, Pops Mohamed and Dave Reynolds, Carlo Mombelli, Morayks, and Thandi Ntuli. In addition to South Africa, these performances and projects have fanned out to Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, spanning genres from jazz to indigenous music, from folk to hip-hop and kwaito.
The Fund is administered by Concerts SA, a joint South African/Norwegian project housed within The SAMRO Foundation.

Among the projects that may be financed are tours and concerts, including regional, national or provincial tours, as well as performances at festivals and showcases. The Music Mobility Fund also funds artistic collaborations with merit among musicians based in different provinces of South Africa or SADC countries. Each project must be between four days and six months in duration.

Applicants should first read the Call for Proposals and then complete the Application Form in English, and submit it by April 3, 2016, including the following mandatory documents: legal documentation of the applicant (ID/passport copy for individuals and organisation representatives; company registration documents); track record (media coverage, website links, evidence of recognition awards, public appearances or residencies, CV, biography, etc.); budget of the project (including projected income and expenditure); and a calendar of activities with tour schedule. SADC regional projects must include a letter from the local host confirming their support and involvement.

Enquiries and applications should be submitted by email to, by fax to 086 500 7028 or by post to Concerts SA, c/o The SAMRO Foundation, 20 De Korte Street, 4th Floor SAMRO Place, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2001.

For more information, visit the Mobility Fund page at, follow @ConcertsSA on Twitter or like Concerts SA on Facebook

(This information is published in full on the Arts & Culture Trust’s blog – see