Our programmes assist cultural organisations and creative individuals to be ready to operate and contribute to their sector and broader community. Each programme is carefully customised to suit the audiences’ needs. From emerging artists to established organisations, our programmes aim to create a space for conversation, connection and collaboration.

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DAC Debut Programme

The DAC Debut Programme is designed to provide information and skills development to emerging artists in all nine provinces of South Africa. Through strategic partnerships with community arts centres, local government and relevant agencies, the programme artists assists from ideation to venture implementation.

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BASA Scale-Up Programme

The BASA Scale-Up Programme aims to inspire renewed vision for established creatives and cultural organisations, spark a sense of passion and deeper curiosity of the sector, and equip participants with the relevant tools to make a meaningful contribution to the sector.


Strengthening DAC Entity Councils

Business and Arts South Africa, in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture and supported by the FirstRand Foundation, is currently working on a programme to strengthen the capacity and processes of the councils of Department of Arts and Culture state-owned entities.

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COSY (Creating Opportunity for South Africa’s Youth) Programme

COSY (Creating Opportunity for South Africa’s Youth) aims to enable young people, particularly young women, in rural and semi-rural areas to be more active agents in achieving sustainable growth in South Africa by building their capacity to become entrepreneurs and by increasing their employability.