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SAMRO Foundation and Concerts SA offers touring funding, bursaries and scholarships

Planning a music tour but unsure how to fund it?

Apply to Concerts SA’s Music Mobility Fund, which will select new projects to support in March. This tour funding mechanism offers opportunities for professional South African musicians to undertake live music tours in South Africa as well as other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries. The fund provides support to live music performances, collaborations and performance-based workshops. The Fund is administered by Concerts SA, a joint South African/Norwegian project housed within The SAMRO Foundation. Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and music sector stakeholders, the project aims to build a vibrant and viable live music circuit in southern Africa. It also seeks to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools. Since it was initiated in 2013, the Music Mobility Fund has received almost 600 applications and supported more than 110 tours with artists like Tlokwe Sehume, Lindiwe Maxolo, Benjamin Jeptha, Wendy Oldfield, The Rudimentals and Tu Nokwe. Designed to help musicians, music industry professionals and organisations build on already established domestic success and develop connections, markets and audiences for their work, the fund provides support towards travel and transportation, as well as per diems, material costs (hiring of backline and sound equipment), accommodation, artwork design, travel insurance and visas.

Applications Deadline: Sunday 26th February 2017


National Projects

Artists from all provinces are invited to apply for national projects taking place in any South African province(s). The bulk of the activities must take place outside the province where the artist is based. The tour schedule must include one activity in either Gauteng, the Western Cape or KwaZulu-Natal. Applicants may request up to R30,000.

Regional Projects

Regional projects must take place in one or more of the following SADC countries: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. While activities in South Africa may be included as part of regional projects, the bulk of the activities must take place outside of South Africa. Applicants will need to conduct their own research and have identified and communicated with a potential partner or host. The partner may be an individual or organisation and must be an established musician or music professional, and must be based in the SADC country (or countries) where the project will take place. Applicants may request up to R45,000.

Application process

Applicants should read the call for proposals and complete the application form in English, and submit it by Sunday 26th February 2017, including the following mandatory documents: legal documentation of the applicant (ID/passport copy for individuals and organisation representatives; company registration documents); track record (media coverage, website links, evidence of recognition awards, public appearances or residencies, CV, biography, etc); budget of the project (including projected income and expenditure); and a calendar of activities with tour schedule. SADC regional projects must include a letter from the local host confirming their support and involvement.

Enquiries and applications should be submitted by email to, by fax to 086 500 7028 or by post to Concerts SA, c/o The SAMRO Foundation, 20 De Korte Street, 4th Floor SAMRO Place, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2001.

Requests for Commissions

SAMRO remains one of the few organisations in South Africa that support composers by commissioning them to write new works. This ensures a steady supply of fresh, original local compositions that benefit the industry and country as a whole. In the past, SAMRO Foundation has received requests for commissions from conductors, artists, universities or organisers of music competitions, concerts and festivals. On occasion, SAMRO Foundation has also commissioned artists to create paintings for various projects.

Requests with a set performance date are given preference. We accept requests on a rolling basis; they are presented to the Artistic Committee for evaluation at their meetings. Closing dates for commission requests are 15 February, 15 May, and 30 September. For more information, please contact SAMRO Foundation on 011 712 8414 or email

To download the ‘Request for a Commission’ please take this link: Commission Application Form Download

To complete the request form online please go to the tab Submit a Request for a Commission

SAMRO Music Bursary Applications

Each year the SAMRO Foundation invites applications for bursaries for music studies. The SAMRO Foundation accepts applications from:

  • full-time students,
  • registered at a South African University, in their 2nd, 3rd and 4th years, or honours and masters degrees, who are
  • Citizens of South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho or Swaziland, who are
  • studying for a degree or diploma majoring in music.

Due to limited resources, the Foundation cannot support

  • students from private higher education institutions;
  • university students in their 1st year of study;
  • students in foundation or bridging programmes;
  • students specialising in Musical Theatre or Music Therapy;
  • Doctoral level students
  • Each bursary is worth R10 000.

Those wishing to apply for a bursary can fill in the online application form.

2017 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships for Keyboard Players

Applications for the Overseas Scholarships from Pianists, Organists, Harpsichordists and other keyboards will be due by 15 May 2017.  The Final Round of the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships competition will be at the ZK Matthews Hall at UNISA, Pretoria on Saturday 26 August 2017.

Also be on the lookout for more information on funding from ConcertsSA, particularly in March-April and September-October for the 2017 Music Mobility Fund. They are also scheduled to launch an online toolkit for artists and promoters in February 2017. This Online Wiki was produced by one of Concerts SA’s Norwegian partners.

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