The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is inviting nominations for the eagerly awaited 2017 ACT Awards, which are held annually in recognition and celebration of excellence in the arts, culture and creative sectors in South Africa.

Lifetime Award recipients 2016: From left – Johnny Clegg, Pieter-Dirk Uys, Albie Sachs, Dr. Wally Serote, Penny Siopis & Johaar Mosaval

The 2017 ACT Awards, hosted by Sun International and supported by, the Nedbank Arts Affinity, DALRO, SAMRO, JTI and Creative Feel are now open for nominations for Lifetime Achievement Awards as well as an ImpACT Award for Young Professionals.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards have gained national acclaim and exposure throughout the industry, and are presented to industry stalwarts older than 60 years. At the same time one young professional artist, not older than 30 years, will be acknowledged for making an impact during the first five years of their professional career.

Since their inception in 1998, the ACT Awards have celebrated more than 150 individuals and organisations that have made a significant cultural contribution to the country. For the first time, Lifetime Achievement Awards are open for public nomination and a limited number of tickets to attend the event in honour of the winners will be made available for purchase. The event this year has been redesigned and in addition to a stellar line-up of entertainment and five-star hosting, guests can enjoy a talk-show format with the winners. “Since we have shifted focus to the acknowledgement and celebration of the icons of the local creative sector, the number of Lifetime Awards allocated have been increased. Their acceptance speeches have become the highlight of the event and we believe the new format will maximize the opportunity to get to know these phenomenal artists and their stories,” says Chief Executive Officer of ACT, Pieter Jacobs.

Some of the previous Lifetime Achievement recipients include Miriam Makeba, Nadine Gordimer, Pieter-Dirk Uys, John Kani and Johnny Clegg. Among the ImpACT Award winners are POPArt, Benon Lutaaya, Letlhogonolo Nche, The Muffinz, Blessing Ngobeni, Bambo Sibiya, Nomfundo Xaluva, Thabo Makhetha and Jade Bowers.

ACT Chief Executive Officer, Pieter Jacobs, speaks passionately about these awards, “For ACT, the aim of this kind of acknowledgement for having done something superbly well is so much more than a boost of morale. The highlight these awards cast on its recipients’ careers, especially those of young professionals, offers them valuable exposure that associates them with individuals and groups that excel in their chosen field. The promotion and endorsement they receive, even years after being awarded, supports the growth of their markets and networks,” says Jacobs.

The ACT Awards are open for public nomination and the ACT Board of Trustees will select winners. For more information about the criteria and to submit a nomination, please click here. Nominations will close on 30 June 2017.

About the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT)
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. For more information please visit the Trust’s website. Follow ACT on Twitter or like the Trust’s Facebook page.

About Sun International
The Sun International Group has a diverse portfolio of assets including world class five star hotels, modern and well-located casinos, and some of the world’s premier resorts. Their destinations offer experiential luxury, enduring quality and incredible adventure, supported by an authentic dedication to personal service. Sun International Group’s approach has been to differentiate their hotels, resorts and casinos in architecture, service, experience, location and the mix of entertainment and activities. Creating lasting memories for their guests and customers is a core part of their DNA. They’ve created some the world’s most iconic hotels ranging from The Royal Livingstone Hotel at Victoria Falls, to The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City and The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town. The Group places a strong emphasis on being responsible corporate citizens through their contributions and commitment to the economy, communities and the environment. They are committed to the development of all their employees and they make sure that equal opportunities and economic empowerment form the backbone of their human resource practices. For more information, please click here.

About Nedbank Arts Affinity
The Nedbank Arts Affinity is a proud supporter of the ACT. Since the inception of the ACT in 1994, Nedbank has raised and distributed more than R16 million through its Arts Affinity Programme, in support of more than 800 South African arts, culture and heritage development projects, at no cost to their clients. To open a Nedbank Arts Affinity account please visit any Nedbank branch or call 0860 555 111, or visit nedbank.co.za more information.

About the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Organisation (DALRO)
DALRO is a multi-purpose copyright society that collects royalties for the use of copyright-protected works on behalf of authors and publishers, which it then distributes back to the correct copyright-owner. As a custodian of copyright and the protection of rightsholders’ works, DALRO’s main areas of administration are reprographic reproduction rights (photocopying from published editions), public performance rights (including stage rights for book musicals and dramas) and reproduction rights (whether for publishing or copying) in works of visual art. For more information, please click here.

About the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO)
SAMRO was established in 1962, with the key objective to protect the intellectual property of its composer, songwriter, and publisher members, the organisation’s primary focus is to administer the various music rights of Copyright on behalf of writer and publisher members. The collecting society, as it is known, is mainly concerned with the collection of license fees for the use of its members’ musical works by various music users, the distribution of royalties to these members, and the promotion of Copyright law. Click here for more information.

About Japan Tobacco International (JTI)
Japan Tobacco International (JTI) is a member of the Japan Tobacco Group of Companies (JT), a leading international tobacco product manufacturer. Headquartered in Geneva, JTI operates in 120 countries and has over 26,000 employees. For more information, please click here.

About Creative Feel Magazine
Creative Feel Magazine is an award-winning monthly arts and culture magazine that brings the best in classical and jazz music, dance, visual arts, film and theatre, as well as food and travel, to its readers. The magazine is dedicated to promoting arts and culture in South Africa. Creative Feel Magazine has garnered many prestigious awards, including the Arts and Culture Trust (ACT) Awards, as well as the SAPPI PICA Award for excellence in publishing and the coveted BASA (Business and Arts in South Africa) Award. For more information, please click here.