DAC Debut Programme

DAC Debut Programme

Overview of the DAC Debut Programme

The DAC in partnership with BASA will be providing knowledge and skills development to emerging artists on the cusp of “making it” to support them with launching/implementing their first album, film, book, etc., and allowing them opportunities to pitch for funding to further support their venture. The programme combines DAC Debut Funding with BASA’s Education, Mentorship, and Young Business Professionals Programmes, as well as opportunities to apply for BASA Supporting Grants should applicants be eligible. Partnerships and collaborations will be important for maximum impact and improved sustainability.

BASA has identified community arts centres within each province which are supported by the DAC, and will collaborate with them. These centres will serve as programme anchors in each province, providing support and a local point of contact between the delegates, BASA and the DAC; assisting with marketing and recruitment channels. One of their staff members will be trained to co-facilitate the programme with BASA initially and support the delegates between workshop visits, and later be able to take on more facilitation within their community after completing this programme.  The centres should preferably be resourced so that delegates are able to access information, telephones and internet at their premises in order to maximise their participation and success in the programme.

The programme will be implemented in several stages with support from the BASA facilitator, local facilitator and art center.



Train the Trainer

As part of ensuring the sustainability of the programme in the different provinces, we will train local provincial representatives (ideally from the local art centres who are partners in the programme) to become co-facilitators in the programme. Training will be facilitated by BASA in-house facilitators, one training session will be held in Johannesburg, Gauteng, bringing all nine delegates together in one group:



Delegates will be given an induction and an overview of the programme structure and rollout.

They will be trained in Asset Based Community Driven Development (ABCD) and means of facilitating it.  ABCD workshops and the ABCD paradigm offer a powerful approach to community development that focus effort on discovering and mobilising the resources that are already present in a community.


Phase 2

Artist Recruitment

Recruitment target: +/- 25 people per province in all nine provinces.

Marketing and recruitment via:


Applications and Criteria


Phase 3

Provincial Workshop

(+/- 38.5 weeks per province, including preparation, content delivery, assignments and feedback)

Facilitated by a BASA facilitator and a local co-facilitator, this programme consists of three visits per province throughout the year. Each visit consists of the following:

The delegates in the Train the Trainer Programme, outlined in phase one, will co-facilitate the workshops in their province with a BASA facilitator, and review assignment submissions and provide feedback under the guidance and supervision of the BASA facilitator.  They will also be required to assist the BASA coordinator with processing applications and communicating with potential delegates.  They will be loaned tablets for the period of their service for communication, reviewing assignments, and providing feedback.



While the introductory workshop in this programme focuses on Asset Based Community Driven Development (ABCD) in depth, the entire curriculum is premised on this model.