The focus of the Supporting Grants programme is normally on amplifying and extending existing partnerships between arts and businesses that aim to meaningfully impact society through shared value and social cohesion. However, the widespread cancellation of festivals, music concerts, exhibitions, productions and other events in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is nothing anyone could have anticipated, and it’s clear that the effect on the creative sector is devastating.
BASA has expanded the scope of its Supporting Grants programme. While the existing opportunities for funding for arts organisations and business sponsors are still available, eligibility is now extended to support South African artists and creatives infected or affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
To this end, BASA will consider applications from individual artists, freelance creatives and independent contractors for once-off, short-term financial aid for COVID-19-related medical care and/or prescription medicines. BASA will also consider applications to offset the loss of income due to the cancellation of confirmed engagements, as a result of the nationwide lockdown or other emergency measures.