Sound Connects Fund

ACP-EU Culture Programme – Southern Africa
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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.


Malawian musicians and creatives are invited to submit applications for Music4Malawi cohort training, which will take place at the Kwathu Innovation and Creative Centre in Lilongwe.

The Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF) and Goethe-Institut are excited to announce the third and final cohort of Sound Connects...

Music Crossroads Academy Zimbabwe has been named as the winner of the 2023 UNESCO-Bangladesh Prize for the...

The four Southern African music acts that were announced as part of House on Fire’s CollaboNation initiative have begun recording...

Goethe-Institut, in partnership with the Music In Africa Foundation, invites companies based in Namibia to bid for a contract to provide hotel accommodation and other related services for the...

Goethe-Institut, in partnership with the Music In Africa Foundation, invites a company or a freelancer (individual) to bid for a contract.

Goethe-Institut and the Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF) are looking to procure the services of a Local Logistics Coordinator to assist the Sound...

House on Fire in eSwatini has announced the artists selected for this year’s CollaboNation initiative.

The Sound Connects Fund is pleased to announce that it has extended the deadline for its third open call for grant applications....

Music connects us

It is clear that in southern Africa’s vibrant cultural sector, music is a significant force that connects and coexists within a wide range of art forms, in some instances playing a central role in fields such as dance, theatre, video, gaming, film, fashion and related industries. Proposals for grants will therefore be challenged to look at sound not only in relation to music but also in related sectors such as sound in videogames and animation films, sound in audio-visual arts, sound as a supporting aspect of the fashion industry (e.g. fashion shows) and sound in the digital creative sector.


Project Manager (Goethe-Institut)
Artist and Director
Founder of the Festival Institute
Political Analyst and Writer
Visual Artist and Arts Manager
Vocalist, Art Educator and Cultural Activist
Director - MIAF (South Africa)