The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) is paying it forward to nurture the musicians of tomorrow! This year, 99 music students at nine South African public universities will receive almost R1.2 million in bursaries from SAMRO to assist with their studies.
Most of the recipients of the SAMRO bursaries are from the University of Cape Town (24) and Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth (19), with the remainder studying at the universities of the Witwatersrand, Stellenbosch, KwaZulu-Natal, North West, Pretoria and Rhodes, as well as the Tshwane University of Technology.
The SAMRO Foundation’s Managing Director, André le Roux, says the organisation is continually streamlining its music bursary application process. This year’s application form was available online from December 2017, giving students enough time to gather the required documents and submit their applications.
Several grateful recipients have written to SAMRO to express their delight and gratitude, with one Rhodes student saying the news was ‘music to my ears’, and a UKZN student noting that it was proof that ‘there’s absolutely nothing wrong with dreaming big’.
‘We’ve received countless letters of thanks from appreciative students, who now have some of the financial pressure lifted from their shoulders. It means the world to us as the Foundation to see how much these bursaries mean to them, as a solid investment in our future musicians and educators,’ Le Roux says.
fantastic opportunities such as this one will prove to be as a vital contribution toward my academic well-being and ultimate success as qualified musician
SAMRO has officially played a huge role in the development of my career as a musician, and for this, I will always be grateful
Most of this year’s recipients are second-year, third-year, fourth-year or Honours students, but a significant number – 14 – are studying music at Master’s level.
One of the SAMRO Foundation’s focus areas is enriching the country’s body of indigenous music knowledge. Among the future scholars committed to achieving this goal is Master’s student Thembela Ndesi, who won the R30 000 SAMRO Mzilikazi Khumalo special award for research into indigenous African music.
She writes: ‘I was elated and grateful to learn that I was selected as the recipient of your bursary… [which] has encouraged and motivated me to work even harder to produce quality research.
‘I hope to inspire, influence, impact and nurture growth in others as Professor Mzilikazi Khumalo has done and continues to do. I hope to one day emulate your generosity and assist students [in achieving] their dreams, just as you have supported me.’
Motsedi Modiba, another Wits student, has three siblings still at school, making it difficult for her parents to pay fees for all of them. She is now able to resume her studies, thanks to the SAMRO bursary. ‘What was once a mountain that seems impossible to climb is now a hill that I can conquer. I am eternally grateful to the SAMRO team!’
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