BASA supports Covid-19 affected artists

Sne Mdiya
Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) has announced that its Supporting Grants programme will be
extended to support creatives infected or affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
To this end, a funding campaign has been launched at www.gogetfunding.com/bizartza/, to enable BASA to also
consider 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 lockdown or other emergency measures.
BASA board chairperson Charmaine Soobramoney says Covid-19 has forced the world to unite and fight against
it. “The challenge and the fight are real as the virus impacts lives, the economy and highlights inequalities that
need to be addressed. The BASA board of directors acknowledges the challenges artists are subjected to. We
celebrate their resilience and appreciate the role they play in provoking thought and uplifting the energies of the
consumers of the arts.”
To date the BASA Supporting Grants programme has disbursed more than R40 million to over 1 600 projects,
which in turn have leveraged over R515 million in sponsorship from the business sector; that equates to R19
million in business support, for every R1million of Supporting Grants funds during the 2018/2019 financial year.
To apply for an Artists Relief Grant, applicants submit a proposal letter via e-mail, together with specified
supporting documentation. Successful applicants are then invited to complete the application online with a final
outcome expected within two weeks.
Further details and eligibility criteria are available from https://www.basa.co.za/home-page/growth/supporting-
grants-2/artist-relief-grant/. For enquiries about Artist Relief Grants e-mail grants.basa@icloud.com.
To apply for a Supporting Grant, applicants have to adhere to a process, which has been designed to add value to
an already existing partnership between an arts organisation and business sponsors. Both the arts applicant and the
sponsor must submit a joint application on the prescribed forms and clearly demonstrate how the partnership
benefits both the sponsor and the recipient.
New, emerging and established arts projects that already have sponsors on board are eligible, and forms are
available from (https://www.basa.co.za/home-page/growth/supporting-grants-2/supporting-grant/apply).
For enquiries about Supporting Grants please e-mail sipho@basa.co.za.

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