The Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF), in partnership with the European Union Delegation to South Africa and with the support of the Cultural Relations Platform, invites musicians and spoken word artists in South Africa to apply for a chance to participate in the recently launched MusicXwords developmental project.
The initiative aims to facilitate interdisciplinary exchange between musicians and spoken word artists in South Africa. It will provide training to participants and offer them showcasing opportunities in South Africa and across Europe, while actively strengthening collaboration between South African artists and European festivals, bookers, and programmers.
How the project works
Application opening and closing dates
The call for applications is open from 25 August 2021 and will close at midnight on 22 September 2021.
Eligibility criteria for applicants
Travel and accommodation
How to apply
Your profile must include the following:
Go to the official application form. Complete and submit the online application form in English.
NOTE: The application submission platform does not allow applicants to save their applications and complete them later. Before applicants start any work on the submission platform, it is advised that they first collect all the required compulsory documents.
Email applications will NOT be considered
The compulsory documents that must be submitted together with the application are:
ALL compulsory documents must be submitted in PDF format.
Adjudication of applications
Applications will be adjudicated and awarded by a jury appointed by the MIAF and the Cultural Relations Platform.
Preliminary and eligibility review
Evaluation criteria and guidelines
Eligible applications will be scored against set criteria. Up to 50 applicants will be shortlisted and a jury will review their digital application submissions. The jury will use these profiles to select up to 10 entries from the participants, which will be selected for a live performance at an interactive live venue in Johannesburg.
From this selection up to five (5) artists will be selected for participation at festivals in Europe.
Participants must ensure that their submissions include all the materials specified in this call.
The following will lead to automatic disqualification:
Announcement of results
Contact and admin support
For enquiries about this project, application process and other admin-related matters, kindly email Violet Maila at email@example.com.
The MusicXwords project is an initiative by the EU Delegation to South Africa, implemented in partnership with the Music In Africa Foundation and supported by the Cultural Relations Platform.
About the Music In Africa Foundation
The MIAF is a pan-African, non-profit organisation based in Rosebank, Johannesburg, with satellite offices in East, West and Central Africa. The MIAF’s mission is to support the African music sector through promoting knowledge exchange and creating opportunities and capacity for music professionals. The foundation does this in two ways: digitally via the Music In Africa website (www.musicinafrica.net) and offline through training programmes, artist mobility programmes, workshops, concerts, lobbying, conferences and other related initiatives.
About the Delegation of the European Union to South Africa
Since the establishment of the European Union Delegation in the country after the first democratic elections in 1994, the EU and South Africa saw rapidly expanded cooperation. The relations were strengthened in 2007 with the establishment of the EU-South Africa Strategic Partnership, a forward-looking platform that facilitates wide-ranging cooperation between our two parties. A range of dialogues between the EU and South Africa allow to share experiences in areas of common interest, or where challenges have to be faced. Areas covered by these dialogues include education, health, energy, the environment, macro-economic policies, human rights, peace, and security including maritime security. The partnership is broad and comprehensive and covers political, trade, and development interests, as well as cultural relations. Except for consular tasks, the Delegation in Pretoria functions like an embassy; it is a diplomatic mission representing the European Union to South Africa together with the 27 Member States of the European Union.
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About the Cultural Relations Platform
Launched in April 2020 by the European Union, the Cultural Relations Platform is designed to strengthen the EU’s ability to engage meaningfully with different audiences and stakeholders in its partner countries, through enhanced cultural relations and cultural cooperation. The Platform aims to promote and facilitate sustainable cultural exchange, support cooperation among cultural and creative sectors, and strengthen communities and networks of cultural practitioners. It supports and funds several activities in partner countries around the globe, including in collaboration with the EU delegations Worldwide.
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