Michael Arendse is the infrastructure manager of Cape Winelands District of the Federation of Community Arts and Culture Centres, Western Cape and presents Business Management for Musicians course at the University of Cape Town music school to final year music students.
He holds a National Diploma in Journalism, a BA in Arts Management and an MA in Culture, Policy and Management from City University London. Michael has vast experience in the arts and culture industry, having worked as a freelancer art consultant working mainly on fundraising and consulting for community arts projects for close to a decade.
Between 2007 & 2009, Michael managed the training and development division at ESP Afrika, who are the producers of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Michael has also worked on the 7th & 8th Cape Town International Jazz Festival, assisting mainly in the South Atlantic Jazz Music Conferences. He also has journalistic experience, having worked as a journalist and deputy editor at Cape Times and Die Burger respectively.
In 2002 & 2003, Michael served on the board of Dance For All, an organisation that teaches dance to children in under privileged areas of Cape Town.