The Covid-19 global pandemic has had a devastating effect on all of society, and the arts and culture space has been especially hard hit. Shows have been cancelled, artists have lost commissions, theatres have closed and artists themselves have fallen ill.

How you can help

BASA has the economic empowerment of South African creatives as a core objective and this fundraising initiative, which was launched in April 2020, is an extension of our Supporting Grant platform. It is with your help that we will be able to help more South African artists.

You can support local artists in two ways:

  • Donate to BASA’s Artist Relief efforts
  • Contribute to the BASA’s Chairman Fund

All you have to do is click on the DONATE button and fill in the form. You can choose to donate as a once-off, or set up a recurring donation. Payment is through secure, encrypted platforms.


About the fund

In response to the devastating effect of the Covid-19 global pandemic, BASA extended its Supporting Grant platform by launching a funding campaign in April 2020. By February 2021, BASA had raised more than R500 000, donated by a range of generous individuals, businesses and academic institutions. Supplemented by funds redirected from other areas of operation, BASA has managed to support nearly 160 individual artists through grants valued at more than R1,3-million.

You can help BASA help more artists by making a donation or showing your support by sharing the link to this page on your social media platforms. Remember to tag us #bizartza

Getting help

If you are an artist and would like to apply for a medical assistance grant, please visit the Artist Relief Grants page.