South African International Music Mobility Fund.


  • First round Submission Deadline is 14 April 2013.
  • Second round is 31st July 2013.

The South African International Music Mobility Fund (SAIMMF) is a joint one-year funding programme established by the SAMRO Foundation and the British Council. The SAIMMF offers opportunities for professional musicians and music industry professionals in South Africa to build links with artists, organisations and/or music professionals in South Africa’s neighboring countries and the UK. The programme is designed to support musicians and music professionals with an established practice in South Africa, but who have carried out little or no work internationally.

The objectives of the programme are to:

  • support professional relationship building between the music sectors across South Africa’s neighbouring countries and the UK
  • encourage the mobility of South African music and musicians
  • develop artistic and professional capacity
  • support ongoing creativity and innovation in South African music through new experiences.

The fund is designed to help musicians and music industry professionals build on already established domestic success and develop connections, markets and audiences in South Africa’s neighbouring countries and UK for their work.

The programme is open to individuals and organizations:

  • who have received recognition for their work in South Africa
  • who do not have extensive international experience
  • whose work will benefit from launching better international networks –either musically/creatively or in terms of developing an audience for their work
  • who can demonstrate an interest in their work from an overseas partner or host.

How much money can you ask for?

You may request up to ZAR 40,000. This amount must not exceed 80% of the total costs of the project. In exceptional cases, the grant may cover the entire eligible costs of the project if this is deemed essential to carry it out. If that is the case, the applicant must justify the request for full financing in the grant application form.

Who may request the grants?

Grants for individuals are available to: musicians, managers, promoters, producers, agents, groups (one member will need to take the lead and have the main responsibility for managing the application and any grant). All people participating in the project must be over 18 years old.

Grants for organisations are available to: music organisations and businesses (both for profit and non-profit), record labels, agencies, forums, associations, partnerships, local, regional and national organisations, groups of organisations (one will need to take the lead and have the main responsibility for managing the application and any grant).

In order to be eligible for a grant, you must:

  • be established in South Africa
  • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the project, not acting as an intermediary.

The types of projects that may be financed are:

  • tours and concerts: performances; country and regional tours; participation at festivals and showcases, etc. (where you are able to demonstrate that such performances will develop your professional or creative practice)
  • collaborative projects: artistic collaborations between musicians in South Africa’s neighbouring countries or the UK
  • professional development projects/visits: for South African music industry professionals to build networks, and knowledge in neighbouring countries or the UK. Projects of this nature must directly lead to the development of live music.

Local partners: You will need to conduct your own research and have identified and communicated with a potential partner or host based in the country you wish to work in. The partner may be an individual or organisation and must be an established musician or music professional.

Your project must take place in one or more of the following countries: United Kingdom, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Lesotho.

The following types of project are NOT ELIGIBLE

  • academic research projects
  • scholarships and fellowships for studies or training courses;
  • fund-raising events, such as charity galas;
  • projects supporting political parties or religious faith;
  • attendance at workshops or conferences
  • recording of albums
  • music education projects

The duration of your project may not be less than four days, nor exceed 6 months.

You may submit only one application per round under this Call for Proposals, but may only be awarded one grant under the two rounds of this Call for Proposals.

Items that the fund will cover are: travel and transportation; daily needs (per diems); material costs (hiring of backline and other music & sound equipment); accommodation; visa.

Items that the fund will not cover are: hiring of venues and other spaces; buying assets, such as equipment, computers, software and instruments; general running costs and overheads that are paid for by other income, including own funds of the applicant; costs that are already covered by other funding; ongoing overheads related to equipment or buildings, such as insurance and maintenance costs.   

How do you apply?

You must complete the Application Form in English and submit it, including the mandatory attachments, to the address indicated below. The mandatory attachments of every application are:


  • Legal documentation of the applicant: ID/Passport copy for individuals and organisation representatives; deed of incorporation for organisation.
  • Letter from your international host confirming their support for your visit.
  • Evidence that you are a musician or music professional (such as press coverage, website links, evidence of prizes, public appearances or residencies, CV, etc.).
  • Budget (income and expenditure of the project).

Incomplete applications will not be assessed.

There are two funding rounds in this call, one in March-April and one in July:

  • The opening date for applications in the first round is 14 March 2013. The deadline for the submission of applications for the first round is 14 April 2013.
  • The opening date for applications in the second round is 1st July 2013. The deadline for the submission of applications for the second round is 31st July 2013.

Please submit your Application Form including the attachments to Naseema Yusuf ([email protected]) SAMRO Foundation, 20 De Korte Street, 4th Floor, 2017, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.


Music Mobility Fund – Application Form

Music Mobility Fund – Call For Proposals



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