TRIBUO: New support fund for the arts

The performing arts have been hit hard by the Covid pandemic. The local industry has ground to a halt with the ban on public gatherings, the closing of theatres and entertainment centres and the cancellation of various arts festivals. The arts industry in South Africa is predominantly a freelance environment and due to the pandemic, many artists and technicians have lost work opportunities. The Tribuo Fund is an initiative to give the performing arts some much-needed support in these difficult times. Tribuo, Latin for “I give”, provides an opportunity for investment in outstanding South African artists and their careers.

This non-profit company has been founded in collaboration with Karen Meiring (kykNET), Cornelia Faasen (NATi – Nasionale Afrikaanse Teater-inisiatief) and the Feesteforum (Aardklop, KKNK, Innibos, Suidoosterfees, Vrystaatfees and the Toyota SU Woordfees) to support freelance artists. This fund is dependent on contributions by avid supporters of arts festivals and the arts in general. Contributions can be made by a private person, corporate institutions or philanthropic donors. And 18A tax certificate will be issued on request.

Contributions can be made anonymously or donors can choose to receive recognition as official donor to the fund. Contact in**@tr****.za for more information about donation possibilities.

Artists can apply for assistance from Monday 6 July. Applications will be handled by a panel of independent industry experts.

Who can apply:

  • South African citizens or permanent South African residents;
  • freelance performing artists such as actors, musicians, dancers, technicians, writers, directors, choreographers and other staff members that make it possible for work to be staged;
  • people that aren’t working on a regular contract or term contract for any organisation, institution or production house;
  • can prove that they signed for work from 15 March to 21 December 2020 that has been cancelled or postponed, or can show the unlikeliness of further work opportunities in 2020;
  • dire financial need because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • participation over the past three years to at least two productions at a recognized arts festival;


  • can show participation to a minimum of three productions during the past three years at a theatre;


  • can show participation to at least two locally produced films and/or TV-series;
  • not a full-time worker, management member, director, administrator or an immediate family member of any of the fund’s partners;
  • hasn’t received an assistance allowance of more than R10 000 during the past three months;
  • provide a SARS tax number and show tax compliance status.

The founding members (and organisations) of the Tribuo Fund share their expertise gratuitously with no expectations of payment by the fund. The interim management committee consists of Karen Meiring (kykNET), Cornelia Faasen (NATi), Dr Leslie van Rooi (Stellenbosch University), representatives of arts festivals and other stakeholders from the industry. PWC has been appointed as auditors of the fund.

For more information, visit  WWW.TRIBUO.CO.ZA  

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