South African Cultural Observatory

DAC Debut Programme in partnership with BASA

BY 20.07.17

ARE you an emerging arts and culture organisation or individual who is active in the community, with a project/venture? Do you think your project/venture has the potential to grow? Are you between the ages of 18-35? Are you based in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng or the Free State?

If you answered “yes” to the above questions, then you should apply for the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) Debut Programme, in partnership with Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) and the National Lotteries Commission (NLC). The Debut Programme will provide knowledge and skills development to emerging artists on the cusp of “making it” to support them with launching/implementing their first album, film, book, etc., and allowing them opportunities to pitch for a catalyst grant to further support their venture.  Partnerships and collaborations will be important for maximum impact and improved sustainability.

The programme combines DAC Debut Funding with BASA’s Education, Mentorship, and Young Business Professionals Programmes, as well as opportunities to apply for BASA Supporting Grants (should applicants be eligible). 


Submit your application via WhatsApp (0824949751) by 1 August 2017.

Step 1 

WhatsApp us a 3 – 5 minute video telling us:

  • Your name (individual or organisation)
  • Which province are you from
  • What you do (tell us & show us)
  • Why you do what you do
  • Why you want to be part of the programme

Step 2 

Once you have sent your video application you will be asked to complete a written application form via email, or a WhatsApp application on special request.

Please be sure that your application is submitted by 1 August 2017. We will respond by 8 August 2017, and successful applicants will need to be available for the first set of workshops from 21-25 August 2017.

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