Call for Applications: ANT Adaptation Fund for Arts Professionals and Organisations in Zimbabwe and Zambia

How do we not only survive the current moment, but reimagine the future for cultural work and an interconnected, thriving cultural field on the continent? Pro Helvetia Johannesburg invites arts professionals and organisations in Zimbabwe and Zambia to apply for support to develop and realise adapted working practices, novel approaches to individual and organisational sustainability, and the growth of new networks and markets with the rest of the continent.

Building on the experience of the ANT mobility fund over a number of years, the ANT Adaptation Fund looks for proposals that explore new ways of working in the emerging post-COVID reality of economic contraction, digital adaptation, a reduced local consumption base, ongoing challenges to infrastructure supporting the arts, and continued constraints on international mobility and touring. The call aims to support adaptation to the successive shocks experienced at the level of operations, livelihoods and programming wrought by the COVID19 pandemic in the cultural field in these two countries.

The fund supports projects and activities that involve one or more of the following areas of action supporting sustainability for individuals and organisations in Zimbabwe and Zambia:

  • Transnational collaboration within the region and/or continent.

  • Accessing new audiences and markets, whether domestic, regional or more broadly international.

  • Digital adaptation, whether at the level of creation, collaboration, distribution, monetisation of artistic practice/work.

  • Product/service development towards diversification of income streams.

  • New approaches to partnership or collaboration between non-profit, commercial and/or public entities.

Applications should relate to at least one of the following disciplines:

  • Performing arts (theatre, live arts, and dance).

  • Digital arts, gaming and new media.

  • Visual art, craft and design.

  • Literature and publishing.

  • Multi/cross-disciplinary applications of the arts.

  • Music.

Activities and Projects should take place between July and December 2021.

Individual arts professionals (artists, curators, organisers) and informally constituted groups from Zimbabwe and Zambia are invited to submit applications that address one or more of the key focus areas and disciplines mentioned above. The maximum value of grants for individuals and informally constituted groups is USD 3000.

Arts companies, festivals and arts organisations/businesses (legally constituted non-profit or commercial entities), are invited to submit proposals that address one or more of the key focus areas and disciplines mentioned above. The maximum value of grants for companies, festivals and arts organisations/businesses is USD 10,000.

Deadline: 6 June 2021

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