The SAMRO Foundation is proud to announce the results of the 2015 October round of the Concerts SA Music Mobility Fund. Initiated in 2013 by the British Council’s Connect ZA and the SAMRO Foundation, this fund offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake live music tours. A total of 16 applications were successful and will be supported in South Africa (9 projects) and in the SADC region (7 projects). 

This round’s recipients for regional touring support are Maxwell Vidima, Tu Nokwe, Nibs Van Der Spuy, Debbie Mari, Sibusile Xaba, Mpho Molikeng and POST POST (Moonchild, Elo & Robin Thirdfloor). Recipients of the national touring fund are Steve Newman, Reza Khota, Tlokwe Sehume, Ubuhle Bomzimkulu, Melvin Peters, Thabisa Mhlakulwana, Natalie Rungan, Mabi Thobejane & The Forest Jam Groove Orchestra, and Ayanda. 

The Music Mobility Fund received 112 proposals from established and emerging musicians. The quality of submissions was extremely high making the task of selecting successful applicants extremely difficult, and final selection was based on alignment with the objectives of the Music Mobility Fund and conditions as set out in the call for proposals.

Designed to help musicians, music industry professionals and organisations build on already established domestic success and develop connections, markets and audiences for their work, the fund provides support towards travel and transportation; per diems; material costs (hiring of backline and sound equipment), accommodation and visas. Since it was initiated in 2013, the Music Mobility Fund has supported more than 50 tours and has featured artists like Wendy Oldfield & Paul Hanmer, Ihashi Elimhlophe, Pops Mohamed and Dave Reynolds, Carlo Mombelli, Morayks, and Thandi Ntuli.

The Fund is administered by Concerts SA, a joint South African/Norwegian initiative housed under the auspices of the Stakeholder Hub within the SAMRO Foundation. Concerts SA receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the SAMRO Foundation and Concerts Norway. The project aims to support live music in South Africa by finding and implementing ways to create a vibrant and viable live music circuit. It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools. 

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