What is the Sound Connects Fund?

The Sound Connects Fund was a multifaceted initiative aimed at developing the creative sector in Southern Africa – focusing on the broad creative sector including, but not limited to, performing arts (music, dance, theatre and other stage-based industries), visual arts, gaming, animation, film, photography and videography.

The Sound Connects Fund offered financial support in the form of grants of various sizes and a comprehensive capacity-building programme between 2021 and 2024 to eligible creative and cultural industry organisations operating in selected countries in Southern Africa.

Where can I find full information about the Sound Connects Fund?

We have set up as your one-stop portal for all information related to the Sound Connects Fund.

Where can I find all information about the Sound Connects Fund?

Our website is your one-stop portal for all information related to the Sound Connects Fund.

When will the Sound Connect Fund open again?

The Sound Connects Fund will not be accepting any additional grants, as the project has come to a close.

What kind of programmes or projects received funding from Sound Connects Fund

You can view a catalogue of the funded projects here.

Who can I contact to find out more about the Sound Connects Fund?

You can email all your questions and enquiries to our dedicated Sound Connects Fund email at scf@musicinafrica.netor


Sound Connects Fund – Awarded Grants 2021-23

In 2021, the Music In Africa Foundation and Goethe-Institut began the implementation of the Sound Connects Fund, a project made possible with funding from the ACP-EU Culture Programme, which is implemented by the Organisation of the African, Caribbean and Pacific  States (OACPS) and funded by the European Union (EU). The Sound Connects Fund supported creatives in Southern Africa in nine countries, namely Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and eSwatini.  These projects were supported through sub-grants to improve their products and services, and gain more access to markets and finances.

Below are all the projects that were successfully funded across the Southern Africa region.


Sound connects us

Music and sound exist as the universal language that has connected people and communities globally for centuries. It is clear that in Southern Africa’s vibrant cultural sector, sound 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.

The Sound Connects Fund’s supported projects were 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.

The Sound Connects Fund supported projects and activities that facilitated the rapid production and distribution of high-quality goods within and outside the region, increased capacities among professionals, supported rapid mobility and exchange among creators, enhanced access to new markets, developed visual literacy (especially among underrepresented groups), promoted advocacy aimed at protecting the interests of creators, and supported the existence of sustainable financing structures.