[Johannesburg] 20 April 2021 – The Black Stripe Foundation, in partnership with YouTube Music, today call for applications for Triple M (Mzansi: Music to Heal – Music to Unite) grant funding, training and mentorship from South African organisations working to develop the local music industry, and provide opportunities in the areas of music, music production, and music technology.
Triple M has earmarked up to R100,000 for grantees who submit outstanding proposals detailing their plans to support and grow the development of musical and creative content in South Africa. The organisations with the best proposals will receive funding and the necessary tools to support their projects.
The partnership between YouTube Music and Black Stripe aims to provide young talent with the opportunities and resources necessary to bring their creative visions to life, despite the current economic downturn. Through this platform, these organisations will be afforded the chance to showcase their positive community impact, via training and mentorship to develop skills such as video production, songwriting and the creation of new music.
“To take advantage of this opportunity, organisations can apply by sending in their 2-3 page proposals. What we are hoping to see are well thought-through plans detailing missions, ideas and execution strategies over a six-month period,” says Ben Cashdan, Executive Director, Black Stripe Foundation.
The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated local entertainment and music industries across the world, potentially stifling generations of creatives, explains Addy Awofisayo, YouTube Content Partnerships, Sub-Saharan Africa. “That is why it is so important for us to provide avenues of upliftment for creatives who provide so much joy and inspiration to communities.”
Only organisations, and not individuals, are eligible to apply. Organisations must:
- Be South Africa-based and registered, with a signed governing document.
- Have been legally constituted with a set of accounts, and have at least a year-long track record.
- Have the relevant insurances* in place (including employers’ and public liability), and must be compliant with all relevant statutory legislation.
- Have a safeguarding policy* that is regularly reflected on and updated.
- Have an annual turnover of no more than R800,000.
- Not be a music service/record label or formal institution of learning.
- Regularly provide music and/or music technology activity/projects for young people.
- The proposed project must:
Take place within the local community.
Involve at least five young people.
Take place between June and December 2021 (the project can last for any length of time within this period, but must be completed before the end of 2021).
How To Enter:
Organisations must email their proposals to: email@example.com by Monday, 3 May 2021. Proposals (ideally 3 to 5 pages) must include the following:
- A detailed description of the project plan, mission and timeline.
- Details of the organisation (and a brief description of your work), including names, registration number, location and additional necessary details.
- Details of the core group involved in the project, and any further relevant information associated with the group.
- References to previous work done, including links to music or visual content where possible.
- Link to a short video (under 3 mins) featuring the key organisers discussing the project and why it merits investment (Google Drive or Dropbox link to the video should be added to the proposal doc). This can be a cellphone video, but audio must be clear.
- A detailed breakdown of how the proposed budget (no more than R100,000) will be used.
*We don’t automatically request policies but they should be available on request. If you are not certain if you meet these requirements, please submit your application, and we will follow up with you where required.
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About Black Stripe Foundation
Black Stripe Foundation is a media production company that produces educational television programmes and other media, one of which is the ‘Big Debate‘, a renowned town-hall debate-style TV show in South Africa. Black Stripe Foundation is also focused on humanitarian issues and using mass media to strengthen the voice of poor and marginalized communities and to promote dialogue on key inequality issues.