Concerts SA, a joint South African-Norwegian live music development project housed within the SAMRO Foundation, is calling on South African musicians to submit their Music Tour Funding applications.

The deadline for applications is 23 July and tours should start mid-August 2017 until 25 February 2018. This tour funding mechanism offers opportunities for professional South African musicians to undertake live music tours in the country and countries in the SADC region. The fund provides support towards live music performances, collaborations and performance-based workshops.

Application process

Applicants should read the call and complete the application form in English. The application should include the following documents:

  • Copies of 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)
  • Calendar of activities with tour schedule.
  • SADC regional projects must include a letter from the local host confirming their support and involvement.

The project funds projects such as tours and concerts (regional and national), as well as performances at festivals. In addition, the funding also funds collaborations among musicians based in different South African provinces or SADC countries. Each project must be between four days and six months in duration.

National projects

Artists from all provinces are invited to apply for national projects taking place in any South African province. The bulk of the activities must take place outside the province where the artist is based. The tour schedule must include one activity in either Gauteng, the Western Cape or KwaZulu-Natal. Applicants may request up to R30 000.

Regional projects

Regional projects must take place in one or more of the following SADC countries: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

While activities in South Africa may be included as part of regional projects, the bulk of the activities must take place outside of South Africa. Applicants will need to conduct their own research and have identified and communicated with a potential partner or host. The partner may be an individual or organisation and must be an established musician or music professional, and must be based in the SADC country (or countries) where the project will take place. Applicants may request up to R45 000.

Enquiries and applications should be submitted online on the contact form, via email to concertssa@samro.org.za, 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 about this call, visit the Concert SA official website here.