Music In Africa Foundation – which aims to support musicians and therefore the industry at large to navigate the challenges and new realities introduced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
aim of MIAL is to supply support to operators, to enable them to make 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 regulate and adopt to the requirements of the changing music industry.
Music In Africa Foundation is inviting music industry practitioners based in Africa to use for grants from its recently launched Music In Africa Live (MIAL) project, which aims to support musicians and therefore the industry at large to navigate the challenges and new realities introduced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thabo ‘Smol’ Mabogwane of South African house duo Black Motion.
Covering all African countries, the aim of MIAL is to supply support to operators, to enable them to make 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 regulate and adopt to the requirements of the changing music industry.
Thousands of African musicians are suffering from 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 form 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.
Applications are open for 2 categories of grants:
- Showcase grants
The showcase grants support the assembly of high-quality digital live concerts with African musicians, with a stress on professional productions that provide real exposure, potential export opportunities and more opportunities for the participants.
- Capacity-building grants
The capacity-building grants are hospitable digitally deliver initiatives that develop relevant critical skills for music professionals to navigate new challenges and therefore the transformations of the industry, especially those introduced by the pandemic.
NOTE: This call is for capacity-building grants ONLY. For the decision associated with showcase grants, you will need to go to the learn more below
Projects applied for must started already and
deadline for applications for all grants is April 20
Who can apply?
•This opportunity is hospitable companies or organisations that are ready to implement capacity-building programmes focused on developing critical music industry skills and knowledge among beneficiaries, especially on topics which will help the beneficiaries to navigate new challenges occasioned by the pandemic.
Although projects that include physical engagement are often supported, the first goal should be to succeed in a digital audience.
•The applicant must be based in Africa.
•Applicants and every one participants within the project must be over 18 years old.
•The applicant (company/organisation) must have official proof of its legal existence.
•The applicant must have a legitimate checking account .
•Applicants must are alive for a minimum of three (3) years.
•Applicants must be ready to show proof of their ability to implement capacity-building projects.
•An applicant may submit just one application under this call.
•Projects applied for must happen in Africa.
•All capacity-building programmes applied for must offer a sensible and sound implementation plan.
•Activities proposed are produced primarily for a digital audience.
• this suggests that the applicant is in a position to broadcast the capacity-building activity live to a digital audience or repackage the recording for digital broadcast on a later date within every week of the recording, and no later than
Proposed capacity-building areas may include (but aren’t limited to): music production, artist management, international development, new media, digital distribution, contract negotiation, booking, and tour management.
Professional execution of all aspects of the assembly , especially with regards to sound and lighting.
•List of trainers and key persons within the delivery of the capacity-building programme are going to be required, also as proof of acceptance (e.g. letter or email).
•The applicant should demonstrate ability to market the project to a wider audience.
•All recordings must be done and broadcast in HD or other superior formats.
•In light of COVID-19, all activities must be implemented during a manner that’s compliant with safety protocols.
•Eligible projects may include (but aren’t limited to): webinars, training workshops, masterclasses, apps, tutorials, etc.
Non-eligible events or projects
Recording of albums.
•Academic research projects.
•Scholarships and fellowships for studies or training courses.
•Fundraising events, like charity galas.
•Projects supporting political parties or religious faith.
Support from Music In Africa Live
Capacity building grants: €7 000
While there are not any prescribed budget percentages to follow, applicants should submit realistic budgets that demonstrate realistic costs and an understanding of the proposed activity.
Costs which will be included are:
- Production costs
•Venue rental and sound engineering.
•Sound equipment and backline rental
•Stage lighting and engineering
•Post-production and editing of produced content.
- Trainer costs/content •creation/facilitation
This relates to fees for trainers and facilitators and for developing aspects of the proposed capacity building activity.
Eligible costs for the promotion of the assembly to a wider audience, using provided guidelines.
- Project management costs (8%)
This contributes towards the recipient’s costs for grant management and reporting, printing, Internet and telephone.
- HR support (10%)
This is a contribution towards the eligible costs of staff implementing the project.
All costs ex-directory above shall be treated as being non-eligible.
How to apply?
•Email applications won’t be considered.
NOTE: the shape won’t allow applicants to save lots of and complete later. Before you complete it, confirm you’ve got all the specified information ready.
Mandatory documents required for submission together with your application
•Company/organisation registration document (a constitution or similar founding document is suitable for brand spanking new organisations that aren’t yet registered).
•Detailed project description and implementation plan.
Budget (in euros).
•Submitted budget must adhere to the rules stipulated during this call.
•Proof of acceptance from trainers and facilitators involved within the activity (e.g. letter or email).
Eligible applications are going to be •reviewed by the Music in Africa Live jury.
•Successful applicants only are going to be notified by
•Only complete applications are going to be considered.
•Only applications submitted via the dedicated online form are going to be considered.
•Late applications won’t be considered.
•You can apply in French or in English.