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Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) is an internationally recognised South African development agency which integrates the Arts into, and contributes to, Corporate's commercial success. With a suite of integrated programmes BASA encourages mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts.
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Basa hosts 'My Debut Story' panel discussion: Celebrating the success of emerging creative entrepreneurs
Business and Arts South Africa gears up to host the 'My Debut Story' panel discussion, an integral part of our Debut Programme. Scheduled to take place on 2 November 2023, this engaging discussion will be hosted at the prestigious Soweto Theatre. A remarkable assembly of select alumni from the second iteration of the Debut Programme will share their experiences and the impact of the Debut Programme. 27 Oct 2023 Read more

26th Basa Awards celebrates symbiotic partnerships
Now in its 26th year, the Business and Arts South Africa (Basa) Awards, recognised projects that fuse the yin and yang of business and the arts to set a programme or project in motion. Celebrating 342 winning business and arts partnerships since its inception, the 2023 Basa Awards made a break from tradition and held its signature event in Cape Town for the first time. The ceremony saw finalists and guests entertained by South African dance legend and 2023 Basa Awards featured artist, Gregory Maqoma, jazz sensation Mandla Mlangeni, and electric violinist Kirsty Bows at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. 17 Oct 2023 Read more

The creative genius of Gregory Maqoma honoured as 2023 Basa Awards featured artist
On the eve of his retirement from stage performance - dancer, choreographer, mentor and cultural entrepreneur Gregory Maqoma will be celebrated by the Business and Arts South Africa (Basa) Awards as its featured artist. 9 Oct 2023 Read more

26th Annual Basa Awards commemorate Heritage Day by honouring exceptional collaborations in Business and Arts
Business and Arts South Africa (Basa) proudly reveals the exceptional finalists for the 26th Annual Basa Awards, honouring transformative partnerships between the realms of business and the arts. Basa, founded in 1997 as a collaborative endeavour between government and the private sector, continues its mission to cultivate innovation and mutual growth in South Africa through the arts. This year, the live announcement of the 48 finalists (24 partnerships) took place at the Living Room in Maboneng, heralding a return to in-person engagement and paving the way for the final award ceremony, scheduled for October 2023 at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (MOCAA) in Cape Town. 26 Sep 2023 Read more

Basa PESP4 call for proposals now open
Business and Arts South Africa NPC (Basa) invites registered small and micro enterprises operating within the cultural and creative industries to apply for the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP4) grant funding. 6 Sep 2023 Read more

New Basa directors appointed at 2023 AGM
Following a public call for nominations, Nizenande Machi, PJ Sabbagha, Phumza Rengqe and, Simon Camerer have been voted in as new directors of the board by the membership of Business and Arts South Africa NPC (Basa) at the organisation's Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 17 August 2023. 22 Aug 2023 Read more

Debut Alumni Accelerator Programme
Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) has launched the Debut Alumni Accelerator Programme, scheduled to take place between September and November 2023. This is an extension of the Debut Programme, which provided emerging artists with the tools and support that they needed to implement and launch their creative projects over the span of three years. 4 Aug 2023 Read more

Basa call for board nominations
Business and Arts South Africa NPC (Basa) has four vacancies on the board of directors and the purpose of this notice is to call for nominations. 22 Jun 2023 Read more

26th Basa Awards nominations open
Nominations for the annual Business and Arts South Africa (Basa) Awards are open. Compelling business and arts partnerships which took place in 2022 are invited to enter. Now in its 26th year, the Basa Awards singles out arts and business partnerships and initiatives that have positively impacted the creative, cultural, and business sectors. 1 Jun 2023 Read more

Basa invites Supporting Grant applications
The Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Supporting Grants Programme is open for applications. Funded by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, to date more than 1,700 beneficiaries have received support of over R43m through the programme, leveraging in excess of R567m in sponsorship from the business sector. 20 Apr 2023 Read more

Call for Basa PESP4 review panel nominations
Business and Arts South Africa's (BASA) role in the implementation of PESP4 is focused on ensuring that the jobs created provide meaningful work experience for participants, which will assist them on their journey into the wider labour market, making participants 'work ready' as the economic recovery creates more sustainable jobs. 13 Apr 2023 Read more

BASA and IDC partner to showcase creatives
Drawing inspiration from the spirit of connection, mutability, and the organic nature of a culture in flux and emergence, What I saw in the water is a group exhibition that brings together three unique artists connected to the annual Business and Arts South Africa (Basa) Awards. 28 Mar 2023 Read more

Debut programme empowers new graduates with entrepreneurial skills
Despite its low barrier to entry, the cultural sector can be difficult to navigate without business skills, strategic vision and marketing expertise. Meeting the need to provide creatives with these entrepreneurial skills, the Business and Arts South Africa (Basa) Debut programme, with the support of the Department of Sports, Arts & Culture, has completed the second iteration of the Debut programme with the graduation of 24 participants in Cape Town on 24 November 2022. 29 Nov 2022 Read more

New directors voted to Basa board
Following a public call for nominations in August 2022, Lindiwe Letwaba, Lakin Morgan-Baaitjies, and Michael Garbett have been voted in as new directors of the board by the membership of Business and Arts South Africa NPC (Basa) at the organisation's hybrid in-person and virtual annual general meeting (AGM) held on 29 September. 5 Oct 2022 Read more

Vrystaat Arts Festival 2022
In July, the Vrystaat Arts Festival successfully presented the first ever Mini-Market, on the Bloemfontein campus of the University of the Free State (UFS). Now the festival team is getting ready for a significantly larger festival, which will also take place on the UFS campus from 2-8 October 2022. 8 Sep 2022 Read more

Lights up - 2022 Basa Award winners announced
Determination, imagination and cooperation - this was the grit that kept this year's Basa Award winners on the road through a tough 2021, the year during which the awarded projects took place. From social innovation to education, cultural exploration to artist development and community upliftment, partnerships were formed between artists and businesses that showed leadership and innovation and saw tangible benefits, often setting the foundation for deeper collaboration. 1 Sep 2022 Read more

Basa vacancies
At Business and Arts South Africa NPC (Basa) we are driven to create meaningful, sustainable relationships between business and the arts. Since its inception in 1997, Basa has been a significant catalyst and connector, both cementing and amplifying powerful partnerships between more than 1,600 business and arts partners, to effect meaningful social change. If your skills and experience match one of the roles outlined below, we'd like to chat to you about joining our team: 3 Aug 2022 Read more

Cultural Producers Showcase
As part of the Cultural Producers Programme (CPP) launched in March 2022, the CPP Showcase will launch on Wednesday 20 July 2022 at P72, 72 6th Street, Parkhurst. 20 Jul 2022 Read more

Call for Basa PESP3 Review Panel nominations
Business and Arts South Africa (Basa) invites nominations for the Basa PESP3 Review Panel. 19 Jul 2022 Read more

Basa PESP3 funding opportunity
Business and Arts South Africa NPC (Basa) invites registered small and micro enterprises within the cultural and creative industries to apply for the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP3) grant funding. 30 Jun 2022 Read more


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