Musicians, spoken word artists in SA invited to apply for MusicXwords initiative 2021

About the Opportunity

The Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF), in partnership with the European Union Delegation to South Africa and with the support of the Cultural Relations Platform (CRP), invites musicians and spoken word artists in South Africa to apply for a chance to participate in the recently launched MusicXwords developmental project.

The initiative aims to facilitate interdisciplinary exchange between musicians and spoken word artists in South Africa. It will provide training to participants and offer them showcasing opportunities in South Africa and across Europe, while actively strengthening collaboration between South African artists and European festivals, bookers and programmers.

How the project works

  • This call invites spoken word artists and musicians based in South Africa to apply.

  • A dedicated web platform on Music In Africa will promote the participants, allowing them to showcase their content (audio and video) to European festivals, bookers and programmers. The platform will also act as a virtual marketplace, allowing musicians to promote their music and spoken word content seamlessly.

  • A jury will select the best applicants (up to 10) who will perform at a virtual concert in Johannesburg. All performers will be paid for the performances.

  • Selected participants (up to 30) will also receive training during a workshop in Johannesburg.

  • After the showcase, some performers (a minimum of five) will be selected to participate at festivals in Europe in 2022.

  • After the showcase, some performers (a minimum of five) will be selected to tour Europe in 2022.

  • In collaboration with the EU-CRP, the project will also offer participants access to a tailored European festival directory, which they can use to explore new partnerships and opportunities.

Submission Deadline:

22 September 2021

Eligibility Criteria

  • This call is open musicians and spoken word artists (applicants may be solo artists or bands, etc.).

  • All applicants must be over 18 years old.

  • All musician applications must be based on live performances and original music. No backing tracks.

  • All participants must be willing and able to participate in all the activities of the project

  • As there is potential to travel outside South Africa, participants should be in possession of a valid passport. If not, they must obtain a passport before travel in 2022.

  • All applicants must be able to provide proof of prior performances or works. This will be done through the submission of links and/or videos on the applicant’s Music In Africa profile.

  • Applicants must be able to cover travel costs to attend the workshop in Johannesburg.

  • The project is aimed at artists who are export-ready.

  • Applications can be submitted by the artists themselves or by the artists’/bands’ representatives (managers, agents, etc.).

Application Process:

Create a Profile on the link below:

Then Download the Application Form below:


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Contact Details:


Tel: +27 (0)10 140 1317


3rd Floor, 158 Jan Smuts Avenue


South Africa

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