Business and Arts South Africa is committed to ensuring the relevance and sustainability of the arts in society by offering innovative programmes that provide and support knowledge transfer, skills development and training in the cultural and creative sectors. In this way, BASA provides agency and access for the arts sector to support its engagement with the business sector.

Cultural Producers Programme

The Cultural Producers Programme aims to enhance leadership in young creatives and arts organisations in South Africa as well as strengthen the creative sector in Sub-Saharan Africa and the United Kingdom. Leadership and creative business skills are developed and markets, networks and connections built through training programmes, work placements, grants to produce cultural products as well as participation in the SO Creative Summit 2024.

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Debut Programme

The Debut Programme is designed to provide information and skills development to emerging artists in all of South Africa’s nine provinces. Through strategic partnerships with community arts centres, local government and relevant agencies, the programme assists artists with everything from ideation to venture implementation.

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IDC Partnership

The Industrial Development Corporation has partnered with BASA in projects designed to facilitate the exposure of emerging artists and to support entrepreneurs in the creative economy. One such project is the IDC Gallery, which aids social and economic development programmes for youth, women and people living with disabilities.

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CATHSSETA Internships

Partnered by Arts & Culture at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), BASA is mentoring 6 interns funded by the Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA), one of the 21 SETAs established under the Skills Development Act (No 97 of 1998) in 2001.

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Climate Culture

The Climate/Culture Programme (CCP) presented by Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) and Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) with support from the Industrial Development Corporation of SA (IDC), seeks to locate the current discourse amongst, and praxis of, leading cultural and creative practitioners in response to the climate emergency.

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BASA has developed free resources for creatives, and suggests a series of resources available to them through other organisations.

Guide to Growing Creative MarketsAccess Guide
BoardbankLearn More
Non-Disclosure AgreementView & download
External ResourcesView