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08 JUNE 2011
Nominations open for ImpACT Awards for Young Professionals
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is recognising and celebrating excellence in South African arts, culture and creativity.
ACT is now open for nominations for the ImpACT Awards for Young Professionals which will be presented at the 14th annual ACT Awards. Artists up to the age of 30 years that fall within the first three years of their professional careers are eligible for nomination.
“The encouragement and acknowledgement of excellence is of utmost importance to the future of South African creativity. ACT is grateful to the Distell Foundation for sponsoring the ImpACT Awards for Young Professionals and we value the opportunity to support emerging artists and enhance excellence in the sector,” says Pieter Jacobs, General Manager of ACT.
Emerging artists at a time in their careers when they have shown commitment to and reached some professional standing in their chosen discipline may be nominated in one of four categories:
– Visual Art (Painting and Printmaking, Sculpting, Public Installations & Photography)
– Performing Arts (Dance, Acting, Musical Theatre & Physical Theatre)
– Music & Singing (Classical, Contemporary & Jazz)
– Design (Craft, Graphic Design, Fashion Design & Web Design)
Winners of the ImpACT Awards are selected by an independent panel of judges. Awards will only be presented if a satisfactory number of quality nominations are received in the various categories and the adjudication panel reserves the right to carry over such awards to the following year.
The closing date for nominations is 29 July 2011. For guidelines and nomination forms please visit the ACT website at http://www.act.org.za.
The highlight of the Awards Ceremony is the presentation of three Lifetime Achievement Awards to luminaries for their lifelong contribution to theatre, music and visual arts in South Africa. Past recipients of this accolade include Miriam Makeba, John Kani, Gcina Mhlope, Ronnie Govender, Peter Clarke, and David Koloane amongst others. Lifetime Achievement Winners are nominated and selected by the ACT Board of Trustees.
The 14th annual ACT Awards is presented in partnership with the Vodacom Foundation, the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO), the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) and is supported by the Distell Foundation, Classicfeel Magazine and Business and Arts South Africa (BASA).
NOTES TO EDITORS
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT)
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Go to http://www.act.org.za for more information about ACT including our funding programmes, criteria for assessment or to submit an application online.
The Vodacom Foundation
The Foundation is Vodacom’s primary vehicle for implementing its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiatives. The Foundation’s contributions, primarily within the disciplines of Education and Health are focused on sustainable projects aimed at countering social deprivation.
The Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Organisation (DALRO)
DALRO is a multi-purpose copyright society administering various aspects of copyright on behalf of authors and publishers. DALRO’s main areas of administration are reprographic reproduction rights (photocopying from published editions), public performance rights (including stage rights for book musicals and dramas) and reproduction rights (whether for publishing or copying) in works of visual art. For more information please visit www.dalro.co.za.
The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO)
Established in 1962, with the key objective to protect the intellectual property of its composer, songwriter, and publisher members, the organisation’s primary focus is to administer the various music rights of Copyright on behalf of writer and publisher members. The collecting society, as it is known, is mainly concerned with the collection of license fees for the use of its members’ musical works by various music users, the distribution of royalties to these members, and the promotion of Copyright law. For more information, please visit www.samro.org.za
Distell, one of South Africa’s premier producers of fine wines, spirits and ready to drink alcoholic beverages, has actively been supporting the arts for more than forty years. Ongoing support is given to a broad range of creative arts development projects that build economic growth, artistic talent, create jobs and enhances excellence in the sector.
For more information please visit www.distell.co.za.
CLASSICFEEL is an award winning monthly arts, culture and lifestyle magazine that brings the best in classical and jazz music, dance, visual arts, film and theatre, as well as food and travel, to its readers. Dedicated to promoting arts and culture in South Africa the magazine speaks to a quality South African lifestyle for people with a love of the creative arts. With a clean, sophisticated design CLASSICFEEL prides itself on bringing a diverse spread of local and international arts and culture to its readers. The magazine has garnered many prestigious awards, including an Arts & Culture Trust Award, as well as several PICA Awards for excellence in publishing and the coveted Business and Arts in South Africa Award.
Business and Arts South Africa (BASA)
Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) is an internationally recognised South African development agency which incorporates the arts into, and contributes to, corporates’ commercial success. With a suite of integrated programmes, Business and Arts South Africa encourages mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts. Business and Arts South Africa was founded in 1997 as a joint initiative of government and the business sector, to secure the future development of the arts industry in South Africa, through increased corporate sector involvement. Established as a Section 21 company, Business and Arts South Africa is accountable to both government and its business members.