You can apply for concert funding

Titi Luzipo is among many who have benefited from the Music Mobility Fund Picture: Brian Witbooi
Titi Luzipo is among many who have benefited from the Music Mobility Fund Picture: Brian Witbooi

Dreaming of a music tour but unsure how you are going to fund it? Then you are invited to apply to Concerts SA’s Music Mobility Fund, which will select new projects to support next month.

Applications are now open and the deadline for submissions is October 2.

Nelson Mandela Bay artists such as jazz singer Titi Luzipo and Mezzanine Floor are among many who have benefited from the fund this year, which helps professional South African musicians to undertake live music tours in this country and other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries.

“It is a great initiative designed to promote artists in South Africa.

“My project Songs my Mother Taught Me, has received nationwide recognition through the Mobility Fund,” said Luzipo.

“With Concerts SA [CSA] help, I have toured four cities and have had 10 successful shows.

“The funds made it easier for me and some of my band members to travel and pay for our accommodation.

“The support I got from audiences was overwhelming, with most of them having heard about this on the radio, newspapers and TV. This was all through the help of the CSA team.

“As an independent artist, it was so easy for me to focus on the music.

“Overall, the Mobility Fund is undoubtedly one of the greatest platforms to kick-start your music career on a wider scale.

“I urge all artists to apply for this amazing initiative.”

The fund provides support for live music performances, collaborations and performance-based workshops.

Following the success of the five previous rounds of funding, applications are now open for the second set of Music Mobility Fund disbursements this year.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday October 2, and tours should take place between late October this year and April 15 next year.

Since it started in 2013, the Music Mobility Fund has supported almost 100 tours and has featured artists such as Ihashi Elimhlophe, Carlo Mombelli, Tlokwe Sehume, Nibs van der Spuy, Morayks and Thandi Ntuli.

In addition to South Africa, these performances and projects have spread to Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, spanning genres from jazz to indigenous music, from folk to hip-hop and kwaito.

The Fund is administered by Concerts SA, a joint South African/Norwegian project housed within the Samro Foundation.

Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and music sector stakeholders, the project aims to build a vibrant live music circuit in southern Africa.

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