Uniquely Naturally Knysna Cultural Carnival receive BASA grant

A mix of arts projects, spread throughout the country, have received the latest supporting grants from Business and Arts South Africa. 

The third cycle of the 2011/2012 financial year sees nine partnerships between business and arts projects awarded project-specific grants, which have become an important part of the South African funding landscape. 

Business and Arts South Africa’s Supporting Grant programme is designed to assist in activating sponsorship for a cross-section of arts projects in different regions of the country. This is done by providing financial support to a project that is in an already existing relationship between a business and arts organisation. 

Among those receiving grants in this third cycle are several theatre projects, including the upcoming presentation of a double bill of George Bernard Shaw’s plays, Overruled and How He Lied To Her Husband which is being staged in Gauteng by Blue Sky Productions and sponsored by Distell. 

Another theatre production receiving a grant in this round is Cape Town’s Outside-In Festival of Theatre, being mounted by the Theatre Arts Admin and sponsored by Signature Design, Obz Spar, The River Club, The Green Elephant Backpackers and HCI Foundation. 

The latter shows how multiple sponsors can effectively come together to support an arts project and secure a supporting grant. Also benefiting from multiple sponsorships is the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre Summer Season 2011-2012, which is being supported by the Distell Foundation and Standard Bank and has now received a Business and Arts South Africa cycle three Supporting Grant. 

An environmental project, DC Recycled Band Competition, is a part of the Uniquely Naturally Knysna Cultural Carnival and is being sponsored by the DRUM CAFÉ and Knysna Tourism, with the support of a BASA grant. From the Eastern Cape comes the Keiskamma Music Academy – a programme of the Keiskamma Trust which is receiving a support grant for a project that is being sponsored by Alusani Skills & Training Network and centres on marketing and publicity services from HWB Consulting. 

These are just some of the diverse projects awarded grants in cycle three. See below for a full list of Supporting Grants awarded in this cycle. 

To apply for a BASA Supporting Grant, both the arts applicant and the business sponsor must complete the application forms, which are designed to encourage the two partners to work together and identify areas of potential benefit. Business and Arts South Africa allocates funds to the project once it has assessed how the partnership benefits both the sponsor and the recipient. 

The closing date for the next Business and Arts South Africa Supporting Grants cycle is 3 November 2011. The results of this fourth cycle of the 2011/2012 financial year will be available on 30 November 2011. 

Supporting Grant Recipients: 

Project: Cape Dance Company Summer Season

Sponsors: Fruit & Veg City Holdings (Pty) Ltd 

Project: Bernard Shaw Double bill Performance –Overruled and How he lied to her husband – Blue Sky Productions

Sponsors: Distell 

Project:New Music Indaba 2011

Sponsors: SAMRO Endowment of the National Arts (SENA) and Main Street Life 

Project: DC Recycled Band Competition – Uniquely Naturally Knysna Cultural Carnival

Sponsors: DRUM CAFÉ and Knysna Tourism 

Project: Keiskamma Music Academy

Sponsors: Alusani Skills & Training Network 

Project: Outside-In festival of Theatre – Theatre Arts Admin Collective

Sponsors: Signature Design, Obz spar, The River Club, The Green Elephant Backpackers and HCI Foundation 

Project: Oude Libertas Amphitheatre Summer Season 2011-2012

Sponsors: Distell Foundation and Standard Bank 

Project: Metamorphosis Concert – Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company

Sponsors: University of Johannesburg and Rand Merchant Bank 

Project: 2011 Absa Fugard Festival – Nieu Bethesda Arts Festival Association

Sponsors: Absa and Afrikaanse Taal-en Kultuurvereniging (ATKV)

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