Applications now open for BASA Education Eastern Cape

Applications are now open for arts organisations in the Eastern Cape to become part of Business and Arts South Africa’s 2015 BASA Basics and Dynamic programmes.

The six-month long programmes are part of BASA’s three-tiered Education Programme. Started in 2014, the initiative is an integral part of BASA’s commitment to developing innovative educational programmes that seek to ensure the relevance and sustainability of the arts in society.

The Dynamic programme is aimed at registered arts organisations who have been operational for a few years and now wish to extend their knowledge in order to grow into the next phase of their development. The first workshops will look at strategy, including vision, mission and goals and marketing strategy and planning. Amy Shelver – co-founder of youth creative industries development organisation Numb City Productions, a Mandela Washington Fellow and currently corporate divisional head of Meropa Communications, a national public relations firm – will be facilitating the BASA Dynamics strategy and marketing workshops. These workshops will be held in Port Elizabeth.

Further workshops in finance, operations and governance will be offered during the programme period. To apply for the BASA Dynamic programme, please fill in the Dynamic application on the BASA website (link below).

BASA Basics has been specially created for arts organisations and individuals wanting to start a for-profit or non-for-profit organisation. The BASA Basics programme will be held in conjuction with Fort Hare University at their campus in East London.

It will introduce emerging artists to the legal registration options and processes available in terms of establishing an arts organisation. BASA Basics is additionally focused on enabling arts organisations to emerge from the programme with a workable business model that will play an important role in taking their organisation forward.

BASA Basics is built around a series of workshops, each one focused on a particular skill that will equip emerging arts organisations with the necessary tools to get started.

The kick-off BASA Basics workshop will look at understanding legal entities, as well as Governance and Compliance while the second one moves on to establishing the vision, mission, basic operational budgeting, resource evaluation and basic Business Models of the arts organisation. Proposal writing, business communication and partnership or ‘friend-raising’ is the focus of the third BASA Basics workshop.

All successful applicants must attend all workshops within the BASA Basics and Dynamic six-month programme and commit to the full extent of the programme.

The closing date for applications is the 22 July 2015.

BASA’s Education Programme is partnered with The National Arts Council, NLDTF, and RMB.

To fill in an application form to be considered for the BASA Basics and Dynamic programmes, please visit the BASA website at and download the word document. Completed application forms must be e-mailed to For further information contact Onthatile Ditshego/Diana Williams, Manager of BASA’s Education and Training Programme at BASA’s offices on 011 447 2295.

About BASA (NPC):

Business and Arts South Africa (NPC) is an internationally recognised South African development agency with a suite of integrated programmes implemented nationally and internationally. Business and Arts South Africa (NPC) encourages mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts, contributing to corporate success and securing the future development of the arts sector in South Africa. Business and Arts South Africa (NPC) was founded in 1997 as a joint initiative of the Department of Arts and Culture and the business sector as a public/private partnership.

Click here to download the application forms

 BASA Education Application Form 2015