Music In Africa Live capacity-building Grant 2022| The Music In Africa Foundation is inviting music industry practitioners based in Africa to apply for grants from its recently launched Music In Africa Live (MIAL) project, which aims to support musicians and the industry at large to navigate the challenges and new realities introduced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read Through.
Covering all African countries, the aim of MIAL is to offer financial support to operators, to enable them to create high-quality works and promote, market and showcase their content to a wider global audience, primarily via digital means, and to facilitate the creation and dissemination of educational content with a view to upskill and enable professionals to adjust and adopt to the needs of the changing music industry.
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Thousands of African musicians have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has occasioned unprecedented lockdowns and restrictions across the continent. African musicians and professionals traditionally make a living from live performances, and now they find themselves in extreme difficulty. While social media platforms offer alternative avenues for operators to broadcast their works seamlessly, many musicians are struggling to make ends meet.
Music In Africa Live will seek to enable musicians to earn income from digital live performances while also supporting capacity-building projects that develop critical skills among professionals using digital means.
There are three grant types:
- Showcase grants will support the production of high-quality digital live concerts, with an emphasis on professional productions that offer real exposure, potential export opportunities and generally more opportunities for participants (musicians and audiences).
- Capacity building grants support digital initiatives that develop relevant critical skills for music professionals to navigate the new challenges and transformations of the industry, especially those introduced by the pandemic.
- Music Advocacy grants support projects that conduct advocacy aimed at protecting the interests of musicians through the creation of relevant content. It offers an opportunity for musicians who are not often heard to raise their voices and creatively package their actions in compelling formats that reach wider audiences.
- Showcase grants: €6,000 – €10,000
- Capacity building grants: €10,000
- Music Advocacy grants: €10,000
- Be based and operating in Africa.
- Applicants and all participants in the project must be over 18 years old.
- Applicants must be formally registered in the local country, for example as an NGO/NPO, association, close corporation, private company, etc.
- Have a valid bank account.
- Have been in existence for at least one (1) year.
- Applicants must be able to show at least three (3) examples of previous filmed work, including, but not limited to, live concerts, masterclasses and workshops produced in the last four (4) years (since 2018).
- Past grant recipients of MIAL are not eligible to apply.
- Recipients must be willing to sign an agreement permitting the promotion of the created content to a wider audience (for non-financial purposes).
How To Apply
- Applications must be filled out in English or French using the provided templates and Annexures.
- All project reports and supporting documentation must be in English or French.
Complete and submit the online application form
For more information, visit Capacity-building Grants.
Application Deadline: April 30, 2022