The Ntha Foundation is delighted to partner with the Music in Africa Foundation in an effort to empower young Malawian creatives through the Music4Malawi project executed by the Kwathu Innovation & Creative Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi.
Ntha Foundation has received a grant of 68,000 Euros (about K76,000,000) from the Sound Connects Fund (SCF), which will be invested in training young Malawian creatives in Digital, Creative and Entrepreneurial skills, operationalising a musical / creative competition for the trainees, and curating a live music grand showcase in December, 2023.
The Sound Connects Fund is an initiative of the Music In Africa Foundation in partnership with Goethe-Institut South Africa and is funded by ACP-EU Culture programme, a project implemented by the Organisation of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and the European Union (EU).
Ntha Foundation is one among 35 organisations selected from 9 Southern African countries to be a partner in the 3-year long project.
About The Sound Connects Fund
The Sound Connects Fund (SCF) is a multifaceted initiative that aimed to accelerate development and increase the capacity of the cultural and creative sectors in Southern Africa by offering financial support in the form of different sized grants and comprehensive capacity-building programmes to eligible creative and cultural industry organisations based in Angola, Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe; and operating in the performing arts, animation, film, gaming, photography, videography and visual arts sectors.
The Sound Connects Fund supported projects and activities that facilitate the rapid production and distribution of high-quality goods within and outside the region, increasing capacities among professionals, supporting rapid mobility and exchange among creators, enhancing access to new markets, developing visual literacy (especially among underrepresented groups), promoting advocacy aimed at protecting the interests of creators and supporting the existence of sustainable financing structures.
The Sound Connects Fund was made possible with funding from the ACP-EU Culture programme, a project implemented by the Organisation of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and funded by the European Union (EU). No further grants are available.
In the previous cohorts of the SCF, University of Malawi, Music Crossroads, Tumaini Festival and Cosoma were some of the organisations which benefited and implemented projects.
Music4Malawi is a music and creative resource sharing platform for Malawian artists and creatives based in Malawi.
The platform executes projects under the Kwathu Creative & Innovation Centre, aiming at building capacity of young artists and creatives in Malawi through interactive workshops, content development and distribution as well as curating music showcase events.
Music In Africa Live
Previously, the Ntha Foundation partnered with Music in Africa Foundation to operationalise the Music in Africa Live project. In this project, Music4Malawi will be executing a second Live Showcase later in the year.