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Wednesday, February 24, 2021


Applications Close: March 3, 2021

Only one week remains to apply for the ACT Building Blocks Programme 2021 funded by the National Arts Council (NAC). The open call closes on March 3, 2021.

The Building Blocks Programme is one of ACT’s most impactful programmes in empowering a large number of arts and culture practitioners across South Africa to bolster their professional and business acumen with an arts specific framework. In early 2021, ACT presented the updated Building Blocks curriculum to arts and culture practitioners from across South Africa. The new curriculum addresses current challenges and offers tangible business solutions for sustainability in the arts and culture sector.

The Building Blocks Programme is a capacity building programme with a focus on small (micro-business) to mid-level organisations and arts practitioners in the form of Masterclasses focused on:

-Digital Skills


-Governance and Monitoring & Evaluation

-ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) in the arts

The master class learnings will be applied to a current project that the individual or organisation is conducting through assignments given throughout the course. Each participant will also receive individual mentoring on the development of the project that was put forward in the online application to the Building Blocks Programme.

Through the Building Blocks Programme the organisation strives to increase the capacity and sustainability of South African arts and culture organisations and practitioners, small and mid-level creative enterprises and entrepreneurial artists.

The Building Blocks Programme will strengthen the operational infrastructure of the programme participants by providing technical assistance and relevant developmental tools through master classes and mentoring and in so doing serving the creative sector holistically.

The Building Blocks Programme is robust and rigorous business developmental programme requiring participants to conduct themselves professionally and with a level of commitment towards curriculum completion.

ACT CEO Marcus Desando says: “ACT has committed itself to consistently deliver opportunities that impact the arts and culture sector through skills development and empowerment-focused activities. The ACT Building Blocks makes it possible for us to achieve this and we are proud that the development of this programme has become a regular activity for us an organisation.”

Applications Close: March 3, 2021

Outcomes: April 2, 2021

Application Details:

Complete the online application form:

Important: Due to capacity only five companies/organisations/artists from each province in South Africa will be selected to participate.

* Only South African nationals may apply and projects must take place in South Africa. Allocation of programme slots is at the discretion of the ACT board of trustees. The decision about all applications for participation is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.

To link direct to the Arts & Culture Trust’s site, click on the ACT logo to the right of this article or visit