Concerts SA is proud to announce the results of the 2014 edition of the Music Mobility Fund. Initiated in 2013 by the British Council’s Connect ZA and the SAMRO Foundation, this funding mechanism offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake live music-related activities. A total of 16 applications were successful and will be supported in South Africa (10 projects) and in the SADC region (6 projects), including countries such as Botswana, Swaziland, Tanzania and Mozambique. 

This year’s recipients include Carlo Mombelli, Ihhashi Elimhlope, Frank Paco, Project Elo, Luna Paige, Steve Dyer, Thandi Ntuli, Madala Kunene, Josie Field and Laurie Levine, Dave Reynolds & Pops Mohamed’s Acoustic Masala, and Lindiwe Maxolo, among others.

The Music Mobility Fund received 118 proposals ranging from established music practitioners to emerging musicians. Music professionals were invited to apply in September for funding from a National Mobility Fund (for projects in South Africa, specifically KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Gauteng), and a Regional Mobility Fund (for projects taking place in SADC countries, except South Africa). The standard of submissions was extremely high, making the task of selecting successful applicants very difficult.  The 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. 

The Fund is administered by Concerts SA, a joint South African/Norwegian project housed under the auspices of the Stakeholder Hub within the SAMRO Foundation. Concerts SA also receives technical support from Rikskonsertene. The project aims to stimulate live music in South Africa by finding and implementing ways to create regular, sustainable performance platforms.  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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