Call for Applications: Sound Connects Fund in Southern Africa 2022 (up to €180,000)

The Sound Connects Fund in Southern Africa 2022 is now accepting applications. The Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF), in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, is inviting artistic and cultural organizations in Southern Africa to apply for funds from the Sound Connects Fund (SCF).

The initiative, which is supported by the ACP-EU Culture Program, aims to accelerate development in Southern Africa while also building the capacity of practitioners in the area. Practitioners from Mozambique and Angola (alone) may now submit applications in Portuguese for the first time.

The Sound Connects Fund is a multidimensional project aimed towards accelerating the growth and capabilities of Southern Africa’s cultural and creative industries. It provides financial assistance in the form of awards as well as a complete capacity-building program for recipients. Performing arts, visual arts, animation, cinema, gaming, photography, and videography are just a few of the disciplines supported by the.

Theme

Applicants will be asked to speak to the topic of Sound Connects Us, as they did in the first call in 2021. For millennia, music and sound have served as a common language that has brought people and communities from all over the world together. Sound is clearly a vital force that links and coexists across a broad variety of creative forms in Southern Africa’s lively cultural sector – in some cases, playing a key role in sectors such as dance, theatre, video, gaming, cinema, fashion, and allied businesses.

Grants

Category A (€35,000 – €60,000)

  • Project length – Up to 8 Months
  • Project budget is between €35,000 and €60,000
  • Project implementation and final reporting must take place between June 2022 and the end of January 2023.

Category B (€61,000 – €100,000)

  • Project length – Up to 12 Months
  • Project budget is between €61,000 and €100,000
  • Project implementation and final reporting must take place between June 2022 and end of June 2023.

Category C (€101,000 – €180,000)

  • Project length – Up to 18 Months
  • Project budget is between €101,000 and €180,000
  • Project implementation and final reporting must take place between June 2022 and the end of December 2023.

Sound Connects Fund in Southern Africa 2022 | Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be properly registered in the local nation, such as as an NGO/NPO, association, close corporation, private business, and so on, in order to be eligible for financial assistance.
  • To be clear, the applicant must be an officially/legally registered firm in their own country. Any corporate entity, such as a firm, an institution, or an association, is referred to as an organization. Arts organizations, arts venues, festivals, creative hubs and incubators, media houses, mobility circuits, recording studios, theatres, art markets, fairs and conferences, creative sector firms, and so on are among the possibilities.
  • The organization must have a track record of success in the Southern African creative industry.
  • On the day of application, the organization must have been in existence for at least three years.
  • Any of the qualifying nations must have the organization registered and operational.

Eligible Projects

The fund will aim to assist initiatives and activities in the cultural and creative industries that:

  • Allow for the speedy manufacture and delivery of high-quality items both inside and outside of Southern Africa.
  • Professionals’ capabilities should be increased.
  • Encourage artists to move about and share ideas quickly.
  • Improve your access to new markets.
  • Improve your visual literacy (especially among underrepresented groups).
  • Encourage activism for the protection of creators’ rights.
  • Encourage the establishment of long-term funding mechanisms.

Eligible Countries

Angola, Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

How to Apply for the Sound Connects Fund in Southern Africa 2022

Applicants must fill out the following papers as part of their application process:

  • Application for a SCF Grant
  • Budget Template for SCF Grants
  • Legal Identity Form for SCF
  • Financial Identification Form for SCF
  • Form for a Declaration of Honor

The following are additional papers that must be submitted with the application by the applicant:

  • Evidence of a company’s or organization’s registration
  • Clearance of taxes (This refers to official documents stating that the applicant’s tax status is current.) The competent local tax authority must supply the documents.)
  • Financial Statements that have been stamped or audited recently (not older than previous two years)
  • HR Structure and Company Profile
  • Document containing examples of projects that the organization has completed in the creative and cultural sector in the previous two years. (For example, project reports and links to project websites.)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from past sponsors or clients are required.
  • Proof of past grants (such as project reports, award letters, etc.) demonstrating that the applicant has personally executed at least one cultural and creative project worth at least 50% of the grant sought.

To apply, go to this link.

Deadline for application: April 15, 2022

Visit Sound Connects Fund for more information.

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