SAMRO Foundation Newsletter - May 2016
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Darren English at the 2012 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships. Picture: Suzie Bernstein.







Welcome to the May 2016 edition of SAMRO Foundations Newsletter. As a balmy autumn gradually retreats to the chill of winter we are delighted to toast our partner organisations this year who will be receiving supporting grants from the Foundation. We also update young bursary applicants, and promote the upcoming SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition while offering our enthusiastic support for our previous winners.


Please Note: The deadline for applications has been extended to Friday 27 May 2016 at the request of numerous applicants for a variety of reasons.
It is not too late for musicians to enter for the 2016 SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition for Instrumentalists!! Brass, wind, string, and percussion players are challenged to prove themselves in a national arena of their peers, to present their best in front of the leaders of the music industry and to follow in the paths of previous winners like Bokani Dyer, Darren English and Mandla Mlangeni. These South African Jazz geniuses have taken the music scene by storm, promoting their work and ideas around the country and the world.

Have you got what it takes? Prove your Jazz mettle or Western Art music prowess by entering the competition and simply completing the form.  You can download the regulations here.

Winners will receive overseas study grants to the value of R200 000 and there are a number of smaller prizes available. Even if you don’t win, you can’t lose. Just by entering you have taken the first step towards greatness! 

If you don’t believe us, look at the news from some of our previous winners here.

Adjudication of the entries will take place in June 2016 and the semi-finalists will be announced. The semi-finals will take place in the week of 15 - 20 August at the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg. Rehearsals for the semi-finalists will run from 15 – 17 August followed by the Semi-final round on the 18th and the Final Round on Saturday 20 August 2016. Music students and young professionals aged 32 and younger are eligible to apply.


Our Managing Director has just returned from Canada and soon he will be joining UNISA’s Karendra Devroop in the Netherlands to participate in the Jazz & World Music Conference at the Amersfoort Jazz Festival. In the first six months of the year the work of SAMRO Foundation and our Concerts SA project has received recognition and been showcased on international platforms in France, Germany, Canada, USA, and soon, the Netherlands. We are proud of these accolades and the networks built including with our sister collection societies PRS Foundation in the UK and the SOCAN Foundation in Canada. 

Our MD was invited to be a part of the Global Forum Panel on Music for Social Change at the 34th Canadian Music Week in Toronto (left). There he presented alongside Andrew Mosker (President and CEO of the Canadian National Music Centre), Laura Hassler (Founder and director of Musicians Without Borders), Lee Whitmore (Vice President of Berklee), and the discussion was moderated by Nancy Wilson (Journalist).  We also participated in the Music Cities Summit which featured Concerts SA.
Prior to Canada we exhibited the SAMRO Music Archive in Germany at the Frankfurt Musikmesse, one of the biggest musical instrument and production trade shows in the world held annually each spring (April) at the Frankfurt Trade Fair in Frankfurt am Main. This was part of an ongoing progamme the Foundation, together with its partners (The Music in Africa Portal, Siemens Stiftung, the Goethe Institut, Deutschlandradio, the music newspaper Neue Musikzeitung, the German Music Council, Afroton, the Weltkulturen Museum Frankfurt and the Popakademie Mannheim) are embarking on to promote South African Sheet Music abroad. At the stand they displayed various SAMRO commissioned works including the SA Sings books, SAMRO Scores for young players as well as many other SAMRO composers’ sheet music.
As part of a strategic partnership between Music In Africa Foundation and the SAMRO Foundation the programme included a performance by a talented young South African soprano Andiswa Makana  (seen here with Andre and Evans Netshivhambe at the Frankfurt MusikMesse), who was the 2nd Prize winner in the much acclaimed 2015 SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition for Singers.
In mid-March we were joined by Steve Kwena Mokwena of Afrikan Freedom Station to take part in a conference in Marseilles, France. There they worked alongside the teams of Aide aux Musiques Innovatrices (AMI) and delegations from Morocco and Lebanon regarding the incubation and networking of arts entrepreneurs. 

In March Ignacio Priego of Concerts SA (CSA) traveled to Austin, Texas, to attend the South by South West 2016 Film, Music and Interactive Festiva(SxSW). He was there as part of the South African delegation supported by the DTI-IMEXSA. During an intense week Ignacio represented the Foundation and its Concerts SA programme as part of the South African stand at the Trade Show in the Austin Convention Centre. He also had the opportunity to attend multiple conference sessions and keynote addresses by industry leaders and had numerous meetings with counterparts from all over the world. Highlights include the Music Cities session, producer Tony Visconti’s address, and a meeting with City of Austin’s Music & Entertainment Division (Economic Development Unit). While there Ignacio took the opportunity to attend dozens of music showcases, and returned somewhat soundshocked from an overdose of audio stimulation. Unsurprisingly, we struggled to feel sorry for him.  


Recently SAMRO Foundation received hundreds of emails from musicians around the region applying for Music Study Bursaries. These are in the process of being adjudicated and we anticipate the results will be published by the end of May

We are delighted to announce our grantees for the first period of 2016. They include  Non-Government Organisational Support grants and Concerts SA performance grants.

A list of these grants can be found here.

We have already received the following responses:

'​The Directorate Music strives to support South African musicians performing South African compositions. Accordingly we are extremely proud of our continued professional relationship with the SAMRO Foundation in making this initiative a reality. We are indeed grateful for the support provided by the SAMRO Foundation and hope that our professional partnership will continue to grow and develop.​'
(Prof Karendra Devroop: Acting Director, UNISA Foundation)

​'On behalf of Keiskamma Music Academy, I would like to wholeheartedly thank the SAMRO Foundation for your very kind grant donation towards our music teaching costs at Keiskamma Music Academy.'
(Anthony Drake: Head, Keiskamma Music Academy')

'​This is wonderful news. Our very many and appreciative thanks for your continued support. Without it we could not be achieving as much as we do.'
(Nick Green: Institute for Music and Indigenous Arts Development)
'Thank you too, for this extremely good news about the grant.  We are delighted and privileged to be able to count SAMRO as a supporter – your reputation and endorsement is important to us. '
(Nicky du Plessis: CEO: Field Band Foundation)

'Thank you to the SAMRO Foundation for this very generous injection into our festival!  Not only will many young people from all over South Africa benefit from this funding but in addition so will aspiring young and older composers be motivated to compose for the marimba and so grow a much-needed original South African repertoire.'
(Joan Lithgow: Organiser of the International Marimba and Steelpan Festival)


The astonishing legacy of SAMRO and the CSA programme last year alone enabled more than 70 000 people to attend CSA supported events; 200 venues were reached; 600 separate concerts (in urban, township, rural and school venues) were hosted; and 900 musicians participated – throughout South Africa and the SADC countries.
Click here to view the video on Youtube. It features interviews with the likes of Amandla Freedom Ensemble's Mandla Mlangeni, Afrikan Freedom Station's Steve Mokwena, and with Tu Nokwe, herself a recipient of our last round of Mobility Fund support.

The SAMRO Foundation has also announced the results of the April 2016 round of the Concerts SA Music Mobility Fund. Initiated in 2013, this fund offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake tours across southern Africa. A total of 22 applications were successful and will be supported in South Africa (15 tours) and in the SADC region (7 tours). Thus far the fund has supported over 250 artists and close to 100 tours across the length and breadth of southern Africa from Cape Town to Tanzania Tours selected for support in this round cover a wide range of music expressions.

The recipients for regional touring are:

Sibusile Xaba's Mobility Fund Tour (Mozambique, 2016)
Picture: Reatile Molausi
Recipients of the national touring fund are: 

The Music Mobility Fund received 92 proposals from established and emerging musicians. The quality of submissions was extremely high making the task of selecting successful applicants extremely difficult, and final selection was based on alignment with the objectives of the Music Mobility Fund and conditions as set out in the call for proposals.


SAMRO Foundation joins the Music in Africa Foundation in paying tribute to our late colleague and friend - Ms. Henrike Grohs. Ms. Grohs was among the victims of the terrorist attack in Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast during March this year.
Andre le Roux, who served on the Music In Africa board with Henrike, also remembers her role in setting up the project: 'She was there right at the beginning. She was unsure as to how to proceed with music as it was not her forte, but she was clear and focused in initial discussion that it should benefit African artists and the African music scene.'
'Henrike was not one to be toyed with, outspoken and clear with a deep love of the many cultures that enriched our African soil. On the one hand serious and on the other playful, warm, kind, smiling - and boy could she dance! It was a little intimidating that she was a boxer too - so she could really fight, not just for the arts.'

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