Business Arts South Africa creates artist relief fund

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Art Supplies (Photo: Getty Images)
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BASA has expanded the scope of its Supporting Grants programme. While the existing opportunities for funding for arts organisations and business sponsors are still available, eligibility has been extended to support South African artists infected or affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Supporting Grants programme offers a slightly different lens to conventional funding and development agencies in that BASA's focus is normally on amplifying and extending existing partnerships between arts and businesses that aim to meaningfully impact society through shared value and social cohesion.

However, the widespread cancellation of festivals, music concerts, exhibitions, productions and other events in the wake of Covid-19 is unanticipated. The impact on the creative sector will be devastating.

To this end, BASA will be considering applications from individual artists for once-off, short-term financial aid for COVID-19-related medical care and/or prescription medicines. The aid can also be used to offset the loss of income due to the cancellation of confirmed engagements as a result of the nationwide lockdown or other emergency measures.

For further information, send an email to this address.


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