BASA launches arts support programme’s second edition

Sne Mdiya

Following an impactful first iteration of the debut programme, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) is calling for applications for the next round.

  The programme was launched by Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) Minister Nkosinathi Mthethwa in 2017.

  BASA CEO Ashraf Johaardien says participants will be selected from each province, along with nine provincial liaisons, who will be given an opportunity to build their administration and facilitation skills.

  “This year the programme also features the Debut Programme Alumni Network, which facilitates continued relationship-building with the alumni of the programme through online engagements, training and other opportunities. The programme’s first launch saw creation of opportunities, to develop and provide mentorship to local young creatives from across the country,” Johaardien says.

   DSAC director for Arts and Youth Development Moleleki Ledimo says the Debut Programme is focused on supporting emerging artists with knowledge and skills development, for them to shift from the amateur to the professional. 

  “In the current crisis climate, the importance of such assistance becomes even more critical. This second edition is one further measure of the sustained beneficence DSAC and BASA provide to our artists during the global pandemic,” Ledimo says. 

  BASA also partnered with the DAC and the National Lotteries Council (NLC) to further support emerging artists with knowledge and skills development, for them to shift from the amateur to the professional.

  BASA head of programmes Boitumelo Motsoatsoe says this year’s Debut Programme will be underpinned by social cohesion, inclusion and access, as it aims to reach 18 communities nationwide; two from each province.

  “Partnerships are important for maximum impact and improved sustainability. So this year we will also commit to increasing collaborations with local municipalities, hubs, youth organisations and state entities to decrease barriers to participation and create more opportunities. This is motivated by a need to reach anyone with limited or no access to information, training and skills development,” Motsoatsoe says.

  Applications for the second edition of the Debut Programme are open until 31 August 2020. Once again applications are facilitated via WhatsApp, to increase access. Registration is open to all at

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