14 Apr BASA’s Supporting Grants Programme Offers Artists Relief Fund During COVID-19
Following new laws and restrictions put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic – which may have a long term effect on the economy, a number of brands and individuals have pledged their support in assisting artists, freelancers, and independent business owners.
With such in mind, Business and Arts South Africa (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 creatives infected or affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Supporting Grants programme offers a slightly different lens to conventional funding and development agencies in that their focus is normally on amplifying and extending existing partnerships between arts and businesses. However, the widespread cancellation of festivals, music concerts, exhibitions, productions and other events in the wake of COVID-19 is nothing anyone could have anticipated, and it’s clear that the impact on the creative sector will be devastating. To this end, BASA will consider applications from individual artists for short-term financial aid for COVID-19-related medical care and/or prescription medicines. The aid can also be used to offset the loss of income due to the cancellation of confirmed engagements, as a result of the nationwide lockdown or other emergency measures.