OPEN CALL: 2019 ACT | DALRO | NEDBANK SCHOLARSHIPS

The 10th ACT DALRO Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships.
John Kani Theatre at The Market.
Johannesburg
06 October 2018
Photograph: John Hogg.

Applications for the 2019 ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Scholarships are now open to learners currently in grade 12 and to individuals under the age of 25 who have successfully completed grade 12 and are not currently registered for study towards an undergraduate degree. read more…

Composer, Singer and Activist Dorothy Masuku Remembered

Dorothy Masuku

by Struan Douglas

Dorothy Masuku was born in 1935 to a Zambian father and South African mother and raised in Zimbabwe. All three nationalities were within her.

Masuku was born to make music. From the age of seven months old, Dorothy’s mother noticed that her daughter could never sit quietly and was always humming. By the age of two, she was already a singer and when relatives came to visit she would perform for them. “Singing was a disease that has no doctor,” Masuka described.

At 12 years old, she left her home in Zimbabwe for school in Johannesburg. The sound of this train journey informed her hit song Hamba Nontsokolo, recorded with the Golden Rhythm Crooners from Zimbabwe in 1952. read more…

2019 ACT Awards Honour Stalwarts and Young Professionals

2019 ACT lifetime Achievement Award Winner Sibongile Khumalo

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Awards are held annually to recognise and celebrate excellence in South African arts, culture and heritage. Since 1998, the ACT Awards have been bestowed upon individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution to cultural life in South Africa. In that time, the awards have become ACT’s flagship event. This year’s ceremony will take place at the Maslow Hotel, Sandton on 22 February 2019.

The 2019 ACT Awards honour legends, stalwarts and inspirations in the South African arts, culture and heritage sector, and are divided into two segments- the Lifetime Achievement Awards and the ImpACT Awards for Young Professionals. read more…

OPPORTUNITY | ACT Building Blocks 2019

Koko Motlokwa Beadwork

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) invites artists and arts, culture and heritage organisations to apply for participation in its Building Blocks Programme. The invitation to apply is extended to artists and entities in all nine South African provinces, but preference will be given to those not based in the Western Cape, KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng provinces. read more…

OPPORTUNITY | ACT Development Grant in Dance

Following the relaunch of the ACT Development Programme earlier in 2018, the Art & Culture Trust (ACT) announces an open call for the ACT Development Grant in Dance. Applications for the ACT Development Grant in Dance will be accepted until Wednesday, 24 October 2018. read more…

J.P. Morgan is launching the Abadali Art Collection Project

J.P. Morgan is launching the Abadali Art Collection Project in support of sustainable development of fine art in South Africa. This project will prioritise national artists from socio-economically disadvantaged areas and is designed to offer educational and entrepreneurial development. The art collected through this project will form part of a global art collection held by JPMorgan Chase & Co. read more…

The 2018 ACT Development Grant recipients in visual arts announced

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and Nedbank are proud to announce the first of two sets of ACT Development Grant recipients for the 2018 funding cycle. Relaunched in 2018, the ACT Development Grant now features two calls for discipline-focused applications at different times of the calendar year. This first set of grants will be for projects and works with a strong visual arts focus. ACT CEO Marcus Desando says, ‘We as a trust are very excited about this new discipline-specific grant system, for it allows us to give opportunities to artists and organisations in a given discipline. This particular cycle has yielded an exciting mix of recipient projects and artworks and we look forward to seeing their impact.” read more…

Inaugural ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Visual Arts Scholarship Opens

The Arts and Culture Trust (ACT) in partnership with the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) and Nedbank are proud to announce the inaugural ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Visual Arts Scholarship. This new scholarship will provide its winner with R 50 000 in tertiary tuition towards a degree in visual arts at a certified South African institution. ACT CEO Marcus Desando said “The scholarship programme serves as our part of the investment towards a creative industry geared towards the youth. It is very exciting that we are able to include visual arts as part of the scholarships and I am very grateful to Nedbank and DALRO for making it possible for us to do so.” read more…

Prince of the Creative World

Arlin Bantam – Scholarship recipient 2013

Arlin Bantam is more than a triple threat. Sure, he acts, sings and dances well. But his creativity goes beyond that. The Stellenbosch University Drama graduate has creativity coming out of his pores and clinging to every strand of his afro. read more…

Registration now open for the 2018 ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performance Scholarships

The Arts and Culture Trust (ACT), the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) and Nedbank are proud to announce the opening of applications for the 2018 ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Scholarships Programme. Past winners include Arlin Bantam, Tankiso Mamabolo and Zola Myeza, among many other talented performers who are making a name for themselves in the South African entertainment industry.

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ACT RELAUNCHES DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is pleased to announce the relaunch of the ACT Development Programme in 2018 and invites applications in the category of visual arts until 14 May, 2018.

After careful consideration and consultation with partners, the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) has reimagined the ACT Development Programme to support discipline-specific funding cycles. The first half of 2018 will see the funding of visual arts projects and in the second half of the year dance projects will be funded. Established artists or organisations are eligible for one of three grants worth R80 000. Mid-level and emerging artists or organisations are eligible for one of five grants of R30 000. read more…

ACT & SAMRO PRESENT A MASTERCLASS BY DOROTHY MASUKU

ACT AND SAMRO PRESENT A MASTERCLASS BY SOUTH AFRICAN ICON AND LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT WINNER DOROTHY MASUKU.

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) invites SAMRO members to attend an afternoon masterclass with the legendary singer/ songwriter Dorothy Masuku.

Tapping into a wealth of knowledge, Masuku will speak to South African musicians about her experiences, sharing wisdom gained from an extraordinary life in South African music. Her songs have been performed across South Africa, forming a staple part of the repertoire of her contemporaries Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba. Now a new generation embrace and sing her music.

Masuku, or Mum D as she is affectionately known, was presented with an ACT Lifetime Achievement Award by Nothando Migogo, CEO of SAMRO, at an exclusive event held at the Maslow hotel in November last year. ‘We are very humbled to be able to honour the joy that Dorothy Masuku has brought to us all,’ said ACT Chair David Dennis. Invited guests were treated to an impromptu performance by Masuku when she broke into song mid interview and later joined Lira on stage.

DOROTHY MASUKU

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ACT Announces 2017 ImpACT Award finalists

With less than a month to go until the 20th annual Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Awards, ACT would like to introduce our four ImpACT Award finalists.

Traditionally, ACT awards the ImpACT Award to South African creatives under 30 years of age who have made a notable impact to their respective industry. Nominations are collected from the general public and the finalists are selected by The ACT board of trustees.

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