CAPE TOWN- A relief fund has been launched for South Africans in the performing arts to support them and their livelihoods that have been devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Tribuo Fund assists artists who are unemployed, freelancers who no longer have a source of income, creative contributors, and technical support personnel.
Tribuo, Latin for “I give”, is an initiative that provides an opportunity for investment in outstanding South African artists and their careers.
The non-profit company was founded in collaboration with Karen Meiring, director of kykNET, and Cornelia Faasen from the Nasionale Afrikaanse Teater-inisiatief (NATi) and the Feesteforum.
Artists can apply for assistance from next Monday, 6 July. Applications will be handled by a panel of independent industry experts.
Within two weeks of the closing date, successful candidates will be notified and will receive the funding in their bank accounts within the following two weeks.
Here’s who can apply:
- South African citizens or permanent residents
- Practicing freelance performing arts professionals, including but not limited to, musicians, dancers, technicians, writers, directors, choreographers and other staff required to bring work to the stage
- Not employed on any regular, retained or semi-retained basis by any organisation, institution, or production house e.g. full-time employment with a theatre
- Able to demonstrate that from 15 March 2020 they had offers or signed contracts for work in the period 15 March – December 2020 that has now been cancelled or postponed or that they are not in a position to pursue other performance opportunities for the remainder of the year.
- Practicing performing arts professionals able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, careers, and a public audience
- Experiencing dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic
- Able to demonstrate participation in a minimum of two productions over the last three years at one or more qualifying performance arts platforms (national, producing festivals). OR Able to demonstrate participation in a minimum of two productions over the last three years at a producing theatre or professional venue Or Able to demonstrate participation in a minimum of two local Film and Television productions over the last three years
- Not previously awarded a relief grant or grants totalling more than R10 000 in the past two months
- Able to provide a SARS Tax Number and proof of tax compliance status
For more information, visit the Tribuo website.
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