Zimbabwe creative and cultural organisations invited to apply for Sound Connects Fund

The Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF), in partnership with Goethe-Institut, invites organisations operating in Southern Africa’s creative and cultural industries to apply for grants from the Sound Connects Fund (SCF). The second call for grant applications is now open and will close on the 15th of April 2022

Made possible with funding from the ACP-EU Culture Programme, the fund is aimed at accelerating development in Southern Africa while increasing the capacities of practitioners in the region.

The Sound Connect Fund is an initiative of the Music In Africa Foundation in partnership with Goethe-Institut South Africa and 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 Sound Connects Fund is also co-funded by Goethe-Institut South Africa and Siemens Stiftung.

€1.1m to 11 organisations based in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Lesotho and Malawi. These recipients are currently implementing projects in music, animation, film, circus performance, financial management, digital media and hub development, which will run for various durations including eight, twelve and eighteen months. 

Similar to the first call in 2021, applicants will be expected to speak to the theme of Sound Connects Us. Music and sound exist as the universal language that has connected people and communities globally for centuries. It is clear that in Southern Africa’s vibrant cultural sector, sound is a significant force that connects and coexists within a wide range of art forms – in some instances playing a central role in fields such as dance, theatre, video, gaming, film, fashion and related industries.

The fund supports projects across a wide range of disciplines including, but not limited to, performing arts, visual arts, animation, film, gaming, photography and videography. 

Eligible countries

  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • eSwatini
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Zambia 
  • Zimbabwe

Eligible projects

The fund will strategically seek to support projects and activities in the cultural and creative sector that:

  • Facilitate the rapid production and distribution of high-quality goods within and outside the Southern African 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.
  • Support the existence of sustainable financing structures.

How to apply

Interested organisations are urged to visit the Sound Connects Fund website for more information about the fund and the application process. You can also watch an in-depth video discussion about the Sound Connects Fund on MIAF’s Facebook Page and the How to Apply video on MIAF’s Youtube channel.

Interested organisations are urged to visit the Sound Connects Fund website for more information about the fund and the application process.

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