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Call for applications: Music In Africa Live 2022

Festivals, live music venues, companies and institutions operating within the African music sector can now apply for grants from the Music In Africa Live (MIAL) programme.

Music In Africa Live 2022Launched in 2020 as a three-year initiative to support the African music ecosystem during the COVID- 19 pandemic, MIAL was pioneered by the Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF) in partnership with the German Federal Foreign Office, Siemens Stiftung and Goethe-Institut.

We invite all eligible and registered African organisations to apply for the final MIAL open call.

Applications will close at midnight on Saturday 30 April 2022.

More than 30 grants will be awarded in the third iteration of MIAL for projects that fall within the below grant types:

Grant types

Showcase grants (€6 000 – €10 000)

Showcase grants will support the production of high-quality digital live concerts, with an emphasis on professional productions that offer real exposure, potential export opportunities and generally more opportunities for participants (musicians and audiences).

Guidelines

  • Concerts applied for must take place in Africa.
  • Concerts must be recorded and broadcast in the window starting 4 July 2022 and ending on 2 October 2022.
  • All concerts applied for must feature live performances. For clarity, this means that the audio of performances shall not be coming from pre-recorded materials.
  • We welcome concerts of all kinds and there are no restrictions on venues used, as long as the final product is of high quality.
  • Proposed projects must showcase high-quality talent that is ready for regional or international export.
  • Applicants may apply for one of the two sub-categories:

Category A (€10 000): Where the minimum number of individual performers booked and paid from the grant is 16.
Category B (€6 0000): Where the minimum number of individual performers booked and paid from the grant is 10.

Capacity building (€10 000)

Capacity building grants support digital initiatives that develop relevant critical skills for music professionals to navigate the new challenges and transformations of the industry, especially those introduced by the pandemic.

Types of projects:

  • Examples include, but are not limited to, training webinars, workshops, masterclasses and tutorial video series.
  • Projects applied for must take place in Africa.
  • Projects must be implemented and shared on digital platforms in the window starting 4 July 2022 and ending on 2 October 2022.
  • All capacity building programmes applied for must offer a realistic and thorough implementation plan.
  • Proposed capacity building areas may include, but are not limited to, music production, artist management, international development, new media, digital distribution, contract negotiation, booking and tour management

Music Advocacy (€10 000)

Music Advocacy grants support projects that conduct advocacy aimed at protecting the interests of musicians through the creation of relevant content. It offers an opportunity for musicians who are not often heard to raise their voices and creatively package their actions in compelling formats that reach wider audiences.

Types of projects:

  • Applicants are invited to be creative and propose projects that are primarily focused on lobbying in the interest of musicians by using multi-media as the main format to action the advocacy.
  • Content produced may include, but is not limited to, panel discussion, video series, podcasts, recorded music, etc.
  • Projects that are solely intended to promote or benefit the applicant’s work will not be considered.
  • Projects applied for must take place in Africa.
  • Projects must be implemented and shared on digital platforms in the window starting 4 July 2022 and ending on 2 October 2022.
  • All advocacy programmes applied for must offer a realistic and thorough implementation plan.

Who can apply?

Regardless of the type of grant applied for, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be based and operating in Africa.
  • Applicants and all participants in the project must be over 18 years old.
  • Applicants must be formally registered in the local country, for example as an NGO/NPO, association, close corporation, private company, etc.
  • Have a valid bank account.
  • Have been in existence for at least one (1) year.
  • Applicants must be able to show at least three (3) examples of previous filmed work, including, but not limited to, live concerts, masterclasses and workshops produced in the last four (4) years (since 2018).
  • Past grant recipients of MIAL are not eligible to apply.
  • Recipients must be willing to sign an agreement permitting the promotion of the created content to a wider audience (for non-financial purposes).

Non-eligible projects

  • Academic research projects.
  • Scholarships and fellowships for studies or training courses.
  • Fundraising events, such as charity galas.
  • Projects supporting political parties or religious faith.

How to apply?

  1. Read the MIAL Guidelines carefully and collect all required supporting documents.
  2. Download and complete the relevant Annexures.
  3. Go to the official MIAL Application Form(link is external) and complete.
  4. Upload all the compulsory supporting documents (see guidelines) including filled-in Annexures. Application will not be considered where the provided Annexures were not used.
  5. Once you have submitted your application, a confirmation-of-receipt message will be sent to your specified email address.

Language

  1. Applications must be filled out in English or French using the provided templates and Annexures.
  2. Submissions must be made in English(link is external) or French(link is external) on the official MIAL application submission form.
  3. All project reports and supporting documentation must be in English or French.

All communication from the MIAL team to applicants will be in English or French, including email, telephonic or otherwise.

Selection process

All applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application in June 2022.

Contact and admin support

For enquiries about the Music In Africa Live application process and other admin-related matters, kindly email Ms Christine Msibi at [email protected]

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