Thank you for considering BASA as your vehicle for supporting the South African creative sector.

There are a range of options available to you in supporting the work that BASA does. Choose to support our ongoing Artist Relief efforts, contribute to the BASA Chairperson's Fund, make a gift to our Annual Giving Campaign, help us secure the future with a donation to the new #BASA50 Endowment Fund, or consider perpetuating your name (or that of a loved one) by keeping your legacy alive with a bequest to BASA in your will.

All BASA’s programmes aim to support social cohesion in South Africa, as a key national priority, by adopting a shared-value approach. To date, BASA has disbursed over R43 million to more than 1 700 projects, which in turn has leveraged in excess of R567 million in sponsorship from the business sector.

The BASA model has continued to deliver value to our stakeholders, partners and sponsors, with every R1 million of Supporting Grant funding allocated to projects leveraging an average of R13 million in support from the private sector through our Supporting Grants programme.

The pandemic has seen the creative sector face unmatched challenges, but it has also been a period during which our community has demonstrated equally unrivalled levels of benefaction to our peers. Through various fundraising events and donations bestowed by a range of individuals, businesses and academic institutions, BASA raised over R615,000.00. This amount was supplemented with funds redirected from other areas of operation to provide support to 195 individuals artists, with grants to the total value of more than R1.75 million. Over and above its own funding to artists, BASA assisted the National Department of Sports, Arts and Culture and the Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation with disbursing relief payments of over R50 million to thousands more creatives.


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.