The Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF), in partnership with Goethe-Institut, has launched a €4 million (about US$4.7 million) funding programme geared towards supporting creatives in Southern Africa.
Operating under the banner of “ACP-EU Culture Programme (Southern Africa) – Sound Connects Fund”, the initiative is made possible with funding from the ACP-EU Culture Programme, a project implemented by the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and funded by the European Union (EU). The programme is co-funded by Goethe-Institut.
The Sound Connects Fund is a multifaceted initiative aimed at accelerating development and increasing the capacity of the cultural and creative sectors in Southern Africa.
From 2021 to 2024, the fund will award grants worth €2.85 million (US$3.3 million) and offer a robust capacity-building programme (to the value of US$676,000) to eligible creative and cultural industry organisations in nine SADC countries: Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The Sound Connect Fund is implemented by the MIAF in partnership with Goethe-Institut South Africa. The Siemens Stiftung, a founding partner of the MIAF, is also a partner of the fund.
“The ACP-EU Culture Programme (Southern Africa) – Sound Connects Fund is a crucial initiative that will make a huge difference across the creative industries in Southern Africa,” MIAF director Eddie Hatitye says. “We are calling on all eligible organisations to seize this opportunity and propose sustainable programmes that are aligned with the clear goals of this initiative.”
The regional director of Goethe-Institut in Sub-Saharan Africa, Klaus Krischok, says: “Sound Connects aims to reach progressive cultural and creative initiatives across nine countries in Southern Africa. The joint initiative is more relevant than ever in times when arts and culture are under duress.”
Using the theme of Sound as a strong connecting factor across creative industries in the region, the fund will support multiple disciplines including, but not limited to, the performing arts, visual arts, animation, film, gaming, photography and videography.
The initiative will strategically seek to support projects and activities that:
- Facilitate the rapid production and distribution of high-quality goods within and outside the region;
- Increase capacities among professionals;
- Support rapid mobility and exchange among creators;
- Enhance access to new markets;
- Develop visual literacy (especially among underrepresented groups);
- Promote advocacy aimed at protecting the interests of creators; and
- Support the existence of sustainable financing structures.
Calls for applications will be announced annually via the Music In Africa portal. At least 35 grants will be awarded between 2021 and 2024. The grants will range between €35,000 (US$41,000) and €180,000 (US$213,000).
Eligible organisations include arts organisations, education institutions, associations, industry bodies, hubs and incubators, media houses, civil society and other relevant registered entities.
The first call for grant applications opened on June 17, 2021 and will close at midnight on July 25, 2021. The second and third calls for grant applications are scheduled for 2022. – Music In Africa
For more information about the Sound Connects Fund, visit www.musicinafrica.net/SCF, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail), or call +27(0)101401317
US$10m fund to support cinema
Jeddah – The Red Sea Film Festival Foundation has announced its US$10 million fund to support projects with directors from the Arab world and Africa, launching a new generation of filmmakers and supporting established auteurs as they bring their work from script to screen.
The Red Sea Fund will back more than 100 projects in its first year, creating a game-changing boost for filmmakers by supporting fiction, documentary, and animation feature films, as well as episodic content.
“Helping African and Arab cinema grow — that is a very exciting responsibility,” said Edouard Waintrop, the artistic director of the Red Sea International Film Festival (RSFF). That is what the Red Sea Fund will do at every stage of the making of the chosen movies and episodic content.
“In providing more than 100 grants of up to US$10 million to help the development, production, and post-production of movies across the Arab World and Africa, the Red Sea Fund will help cinema that is in full metamorphosis.”
The Red Sea Fund is part of the foundation’s commitment to the regional screen sector, which also includes launching the inaugural RSFF from November 11 to 20 in Al-Balad, Jeddah’s historic downtown.
The festival will see the launch of the Red Sea Souk, its marketplace and industry hub for the region. Red Sea Souk will include a project market, with pitching sessions of more than 20 projects from the Arab world and Africa, as well as a films-in-progress workshop.
All projects that apply to the Red Sea Fund will automatically be eligible for the Red Sea Souk. The Red Sea Souk project market will take place from November 12 to 15 at the RSFF, and projects will compete for the Red Sea Development and Production Awards in the amount of US$25,000 and US$100,000.
The Red Sea Souk films-in-progress workshop will be held from November 12 to 15 at the RSFF and each selected project will compete for the Red Sea Post-Production Awards worth US$30,000.
“Over the past two decades, we have seen the Arab and African film industry grow and flourish,” RSFF managing director Shivani Pandya said. “The fund and the Red Sea Souk will provide more tools to support the Arab and African film business to make even more of an impact on the international marketplace with the launch of its project market and films in-progress workshop this November.”
The Red Sea Souk will also include panels, networking events, workshops, and booths connecting the international film community to the exciting new Saudi market.
Applications are welcome from around the world to support projects by African or Arab directors, as the Red Sea Fund is open through July 21.
The Red Sea Fund will be split across three main categories. The first is development, which aims to support bold and creative directors in developing live-action, emerging media, and animation projects from treatments to production-ready screenplays and concepts. The Fund will develop projects from Arab, African and Saudi directors that have a director and producer attached.
The second category is Red Sea Fund – Production, which targets projects going into production and is aimed at supporting any aspect of the shoot. Open to viable projects at the production stage, with a script, committed director and producer attached, as well as potential cast and confirmed timeline. The team can be emerging or established, but with proven experience in filmmaking.The last category is Red Sea Fund – Post-Production, which supports all aspects of post-production on feature-length projects. Once a rough cut is ready, these grants will support filmmakers to complete their films and get them ready for distribution and exhibition. The team can be emerging or established, but with proven experience in filmmaking. – Arab News