Relief fund for South African artists, athletes and technical personnel

South Africa
Type of institution
National Government
  • Direct support for artists and cultural professionals
    • Compensation for loss of income
  • Support for sectors of the cultural and creative industries
    • Compensation for business interruption losses
  • Strengthening the competitiveness of the cultural and creative industries
    • Adapting business models
Type of measure
Emergency response

South Africa’s Department of Sports, Arts and Culture(DSAC)  announced a relief fund of R150 million (US$8.3m) for artists, athletes and technical personnel and the core ecosystem that supports them. Concerning the arts sector, the measure includes the following:

  • DSAC-funded projects that were cancelled will be compensated for the expenditure incurred (DSAC reserves the right to determine a flat rate fee for all such beneficiaries).
  • DSAC-funded institutions whose productions were cancelled between March and June 2020 will pay artists and practitioners that were already booked.
  • Cancelled non-DSAC-funded projects can apply for Relief Assistance if they have a national footprint, particularly those involving creatives from various provinces.
  • DSAC continued to accept spontaneous project proposals for the use of online solutions “The 4th Industrial Revolution” until 4 April 2020. The concepts addressed the effects of COVID-19 on the sport, arts and culture sectors through digital platforms, VOD (Video on Demand) ideas, streaming, podcasts, social media, webinars, short animations and documentaries, etc. Compensation will be made in the form of a flat rate payment, to be included in the proposal

(See Department announces details of relief fund for athletes, artists)

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Media Arts
Performing Arts
Visual Arts