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Music and Opera

Funding Criteria


  • Individuals who are specialists such as conductors, composers, music tutors, soloists
  • Groups such as ensembles (vocal and instrumentals, maximum 25 people), bands
  • Institutions such as orchestras (joint orchestras and choirs, semi – professional and professional)
  • Organizations/companies
  • Touring in South Africa and abroad
  • Community Outreach Projects

Types of projects

  • Performances
  • Creative Writing: Compositions
  • Music tuition
  • Research and documentation of special initiatives
  • Exchange Programmes
  • Conferences/Music Indaba
  • Workshops (submit names and CV’s of facilitators, list of participants and detailed content of the workshop).
  • Touring productions (this is applicable only when a substantial amount of funding has been raised from other sources)
  • Arranging and documentation of other persons’ works (this may be considered when permission has been obtained from owners)
  • Festivals with a track record

Budgetary items

The following budgetary items may be considered

  • Artists fees (rehearsal, performance, production crew and choreographers)
  • Venue hire
  • Instrument hire
  • Publicity and marketing costs
  • Traveling costs
  • Accommodation for touring productions
  • Accounting and auditing fees
  • Costumes and props
  • Other project related costs

Time Frame

The maximum period for which funding may be requested is twelve months


  • Individual bursaries are offered for studies toward a post-graduate qualification in South Africa and abroad.
  • Institutions are advised to apply directly to the NAC on behalf of their undergraduate students.

Categories not funded

  • Purchasing of equipment/ acquisition of musical instruments
  • CD production & Video production
  • Studio time
  • Personal Commissions and Commissions by other institutions
  • Writing of music books
  • Competitions
Document Actions


Arts Development Officer

Ms Lindi Ngcobo
+27 (0)11 838 1383

Please note

The NAC is unlikely to fund the entire budget of the project. Quotations should be provided with the application form. You are also advised to refer to NAC’s general information guideline.