Despite the cultural and creative sector’s contribution to the GDP and its potential to provide low-barrier access to entrepreneurial opportunities and career development, it still struggles with reduced mobility, inequitable access to opportunities and resources, and a growing skills gap. Add COVID-19 to the mix, and the cultural and creative sector has taken a particularly hard knock, further obstructing growth in this landscape. Harnessing leadership skills to advance, mentor, and catalyse talent remains a challenge. In response to these complex issues, Business and Arts South Africa and Common Purpose South Africa have developed the Cultural Producers Programme, aiming to create a network of emerging leaders who can propel the sector with renewed vigour beyond the current challenges.
The Cultural Producers Programme is supported by the British Council Creative Economy programme, which supports cultural organisations, festivals, artists, and creatives between the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and the United Kingdom (UK) to create art, build networks, collaborate and develop markets and share artists’ work with audiences.
Aimed at experienced/mid-level cultural producers aged 18-35 and working in South Africa (SA), the programme will create the next generation of upskilled leaders to take the sector forward; accelerating growth in skills development; capacitating global networks, and driving innovative new work in ever-changing markets.
The programme will take the form of an intensive leadership accelerator training programme that will also place the candidates into South African creative/arts organisations which have identified the need for capacity-building leadership skills. Additionally, the cohort will receive training in business skills through the British Council Creative Economy E-learning programme, as well as micro-grants for the creation of new cultural/creative products.
In 2022, with the SOCreative Hubs Summit digital meet-ups, the participants will connect with other young hub managers and creators from SSA and the UK to network and exchange ideas and opportunities for co-curation.
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