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Call for applications: Travel grants for ACCES 2019 delegates

The Music In Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases (ACCES) is pleased to announce its exciting new partnership with Reeperbahn Festival – one of the most important meeting places for the music industry worldwide and Europe’s largest club festival based in Hamburg, Germany.

The partnership creates a framework for the festival to collaborate with ACCES in facilitating sustainable business engagements and exchange between European and African music businesses and professionals, as well as the provision of performance opportunities to musicians in both territories.

Call for applications

To kick off the partnership, Reeperbahn Festival, in partnership with ACCES 2019, has just launched a funding call for music professionals based in any European country who want to attend ACCES 2019 in Accra, Ghana, from 28 to 30 November.

Music business professionals from the following sectors are a priority:

  • Recording
  • Publishing
  • Distribution
  • Booking/live
  • Management

We are looking for professionals who have a concrete interest in the African market. We seek applicants who are likely to start sustainable collaborations in Africa after their visit.

Thanks to the support of the German Foreign Ministry, successful applicants will receive a travel subsidy of €800 plus conference registration and local transport. One of the key conditions is full participation in the programme, including, but not limited to, panels, workshops and matchmaking sessions.

The travel dates are 27 November (arrival) and 1 December (departure).

How to apply

  • Follow this link to the application page.
  • Read the requirements carefully.
  • The application deadline is 11 September 2019.

Held in a different African city every year, ACCES offers a dynamic programme including music industry talks, keynotes, showcases, networking sessions, exhibitions and visits to music hubs in the host country.

Read more about ACCES 2019 at www.musicinafrica.net/acces.

ACCES joins a few strategic platforms that have collaborated with the festival as part of its Reeperbahn Festival International series, which has already taken dynamic groups of delegates to Nashville (US), New York (US), Los Angeles (US) and Beijing (China) in the past few months.

Artists exposure

The partnership creates a framework for ACCES 2019 showcasing artists to perform at the festival in 2019 and 2020. Additionally, ACCES 2019 will programme a number of African bands currently based in the diaspora with a view to facilitate rapid exchange between music creators from the continent.

ACCES is continuing with its efforts to secure travel support for delegates, especially African delegates. Feel free to send us an email at claire@musicinafrica.net with your partnership or support enquiries.

About ACCES

ACCES is a pan-African trade event for music industry players to exchange ideas, discover new talent and create business linkages. ACCES is held in a different African city every year, attracting active music industry players from across the globe.

ACCES is organised by the Music In Africa Foundation, a non-profit and pan-African organisation, in partnership and with the support of Siemens Stiftung, Goethe-Institut, Reeperbahn Festival, Alliance Française, the Prince Claus Fund and the ANT Mobility Grant from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, visit the ACCES website or download the ACCES 2019 brochure here.

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