DSRAC announces winners of Music Excellence Acceleration Programme

Eastern Cape department of sport, recreation, arts and culture MEC Fezeka Nkomonye, in collaboration with Old Mutual and Metropolitan, announced the winners of the Music Excellence Acceleration Programme on Friday , August 12, at the Osner Hotel in East London.

Six recording companies received R300,000 each to help develop musical talent in communities across the region. “We have great plans to ensure that if someone wants to become a professional dancer or professional actor, the department will be able to assist them,” the MEC said.

A call was made in March 2022 by the department for music producers and musicians to apply for the grants. Th e recipients were selected from 72 applications. The lucky few are: Avee Connection Holdings, Jen Jen Cati Zako Foundations, KB Trading 135 Pty (Ltd), Sophumelela Recording Studio , Agency for Solidarity Economy NPC and Republic of London Pty (Ltd).

The MEC said money invested in the programme this year was budgeted for in line with the requirements for a pilot project, however, the department aimed to increase the amount next year. “This year it is R2m, the following year we envision it to grow to R3m so that we can reach the remote and rural areas,” Nkomonye said.

One of the six recipients, Siphosihle Ntseta, is an artist/vocalist from Khayamnandi in Despatch. “The prize I received today will help me improve where I lacked and to develop other artists in my community because I had started already. They go to record music at my house since I bought my own equipment,” Ntseta said.

Ntseta is the founder of music studio and recording company KB Trading. Ntseta, who is one of only two female recipients, said to have been selected during Women’s Month in August meant a lot to her because the entertainment business was a male dominated sector. “We face challenges of being undermined … so I was grateful to be selected during Women’s Month. I can also be an inspiration to other women that it is possible,” she said.

Six beneficiaries of the Music Excellence Acceleration Programme with MEC of DSRAC and representing stakeholders.

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