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What is the Tribuo Fund?​


To provide financial support to performing artists and other relevant creative industry workers who currently don’t have any or limited income due to the Covid-19 lockdown.


That practicing South African performing artists and members of associated industries are able to find the support needed to assist them through the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath.


To raise funds to establish and maintain a relief fund for individual performing artists, creative contributors and technical support personnel in South Africa whose livelihoods have been devastated by the world pandemic.

Who is the
Tribuo fund?

This is a private fund, created by a group of vested parties, to support freelance workers in the performing arts who have lost their source of income during the Covid-19 lockdown and post-lockdown phases.

How long will the Tribuo fund run for?

The fund will run as a relief fund until December 2021. The fund will be implemented in cycles and phases depending on the funds raised. In 2022 the focus of the fund will be re-evaluated with a view to developing it into a more general relief or support fund for the performing arts sector.

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Who can apply?

Individuals who are:

  • South African citizens or permanent South African residents.
  • Practicing freelance performing arts professionals: musicians, dancers, technicians, writers, directors, choreographers, and other staff required to bring work to the stage.
  • Not employed on any regular, retained or semi-retained basis by any organization, institution, or production house e.g. full-time employment with a theatre.
  • Practicing performing arts professionals able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, careers, and a public audience.
  • Experiencing dire financial emergencies due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions and its consequences.
  • Able to provide a SARS Tax Number and proof of tax compliance status.

After the closing date of the applications, successful candidates will be notified as soon as possible and will receive the funding in their bank accounts by mid-December.

At the end of each cycle, applicants who were not successful will be notified and encouraged to reapply in the following cycle.

Please note the application cannot be saved, so once you start the process you will need to complete and submit the form. 

You will need a tax number if your application is successful, please make sure that you apply for a tax number at SARS before starting the application process or immediately after.


Tribuo – from the Latin for I give – was formed to provide assistance to the freelance performing and creative arts community during the tough months of the world pandemic.  We know that being able to work creatively is the lifeblood of the members of this community and we would like to afford you the opportunity to do something that inspires you and others to create, participate in and experience the arts.

The third cycle of Tribuo-applications focuses on paying it forward. The first and second cycles of applications, were primarily focused on emergency relief due to the pandemic. We now want to inspire our creatives to engage in a voluntary service to the community, by using their creative talents. You might want to pay a visit to a child hospital near you and dress up and entertain the kids? You might want to visit a nearby old age home to read poetry or short stories? Whatever you decide to do – pay it forward and share your talents without anything in return.

Should your application be successful, the funds you receive is not project-based. You can spend the money in any way you choose. It isn’t intended to fund your paying it forward-initiative.

Tribuo Pay it forward
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In supporting the Tribuo fund you are making a difference in the performing arts industry of South Africa.

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