b'Madeleine Selmer-OlsenLeading BeyondNavigating the Complexities of the New NormalBEING HEAD OF Research at Businessan abbreviated version of our eighthfunds to those in dire financial positions, and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) meansArtsTrack research report, giving insightwhile remaining compliant as an NPC largely I am not only responsible for the researchinto arts sponsorship and consumerreliant on public funding.portfolio, which is central to our strategy andengagement.Many essential leadership learnings and operations, but I am also part of the seniorTo disburse money to artists moreskills from my participation in the Common team involved in organisational managementefficiently, we are facilitating grantPurpose Africa Venture 2019 programme and strategy. payments on behalf of the Departmentare helping us navigate these challenges and BASA champions business investmentof Sports, Arts and Culture (DSAC) Reliefbetter serve our constituents. Adaptability, in the creative sector by leading researchFund. We extended our Supporting Grantself-awareness and the innovation/design that enhances commercial confidence,funding (usually limited to projectsthinking process encouraged us to take builds creative sector capacity through ourin an existing relationship between atime to listen, learn and understand the programmes, and shifts paradigms for thebusiness and arts organisation), to makechallenges, before proposing ways forward future of partnerships between diverseprovision for Artist Relief Grants. Thisand testing ideas, remaining open to stakeholders. We believe in the powerallowed us to consider applications fromfeedback, allowing flexibility to adjust plans of deep collaboration between the rightindividual artists, freelance creativesand ways of thinking/working, learning partners, and the transformational value ofand independent contractors in Southquickly from mistakes, and growing as the arts to effect meaningful social change. Africa for once-off, short-term financialindividuals and as a team.aid for COVID-19-related medicalCore value alignment guides us inCHALLENGES IN THE care, or to offset loss of income due tomaking difficult choices. EmotionalCREATIVE SECTOR DURING cancelled engagements resulting from theand cultural intelligence, empathy andCOVID-19nationwide lockdown or other emergencycommunication skills are vital when measures. In aid of this, we launchedleading a team through such challenging COVID-19 is taking a severe toll on the world,a funding campaign, and partneredtimes, and engaging sensitively with and the resultant widespread cancellationwith BASA members Between 10and5stakeholders whose livelihoods are at of festivals, music concerts, exhibitions,(Instagram Art Auction) and UJ Arts &stake. Leading beyond authority engaged productions and other events is devastatingCulture (UNFESTIVAL SA). Thus far, 137the entire organisation proactively, and is to the individuals and families relying onArtist Relief Grants amounting to overleveraging diverse networks and enabling creative sector work for their livelihoods andR1.19 million have been approved. We arebroader collaborations to make our funding wellbeing.continuing our fundraising efforts, andcampaign a success and alleviate some of the BASA responded by conducting surveysapplications for COVID-19 medical reliefstrain on the creative sector.SQUAREwith beneficiaries to explore how theare currently open.pandemic has affected them and how best we could assist them. To continue serving PROMOTING INCLUSIONthem, while keeping health and safety top of DURING THE PANDEMIC mind, we have: MADELEINE SELMER-OLSEN is BASAs Head  Re-thought roll-out plans, allowingAside from adapting to an uncertain andof Research, co-founder of South gradual and responsive implementationanxiety-inducing environment brought aboutAfrican performing arts collective of our programmes, incorporating digitalby COVID-19 and leading a team throughFlying House and former arts management lecturer at the Wits School of Arts interaction as far as possible. For the firstthis, one of the biggest challenges we at BASA(WSOA). She is also an alumna of the time, our flagship annual Awards werehave been facing in response to this pandemicCommon Purpose Africa Venture 2019. hosted online.is inclusionfrom an accessibility perspective,Common Purpose is a global not-for- As a free resource guiding the creative andwhen it comes to engaging our diverseprofit organisation that inspires and equips leaders to work across private sectors with regards to mappingstakeholders and equipping our team forboundaries, at work and in society. a way forward in the wake of COVID-19remote working, as well as from an eligibilityFind out more atwww.commonpurpose.orgcancellations and closures, we developedperspective, when it comes to disbursing relief United Nations COVID-19 Response 15Image: Charlie Bulmer on Unsplash'