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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.

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 organisation, 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 demonstrate participation in a minimum of two productions over the last three years at one or more qualifying performance arts platforms (national, producing festivals); or able to demonstrate participation in a minimum of two productions over the last three years at a producing theatre. 
  • 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.

You will be required to submit proof that you are a practicing artist or a technician able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to the arts, your career and a public audience. An accompanying CV will be required. 

What 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 you run this initiative?

The fund will run as an emergency relief fund until December 2020. The fund will be implemented in cycles and phases depending on the funds raised. In 2021 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.

Frequently asked questions

Please read carefully before starting your application

Who is eligible to apply?
Any South African citizen or permanent South African resident over the age of 21 who can demonstrate that she/he is a practicing artist or worker in the performing arts sector.

Which disciplines are eligible for this grant?
All disciplines within the performing arts sector (dance, theatre, writing for the performing arts, technical support sectors, music, live art).
How do you define “dire financial emergencies”?

A dire financial emergency is defined as when a person has no other source of income or potential source of income for the foreseeable future. 

If I do not demonstrate dire need, will I still be considered? 
Yes, depending on the funds available and the list of applicants with dire needs.

Are non-profits, arts collectives, performing ensembles and other groups eligible to apply?
No, the fund is aimed at individuals.

Am I eligible if I have already received funds from another relief effort?
Yes, depending on the funds available and the list of applicants with dire needs.

Before I apply, am I guaranteed to receive funds?
No, this will depend entirely on the funds available and the list of applicants.

How can I apply?
By filling out the application form on the website.

How will applications be selected for funding?
The applicants will be selected based on a score sheet that will look at the significance of the opportunity lost, the impact on livelihood and other criteria such as, for example, the number of dependents.  

Will the application be open continuously for the duration of the fund?
No, the application processes will run in cycles that will be tied in to the fundraising phases of the fund.

Once I apply, when will I hear back?
You will receive an immediate auto reply indicating that your application was received. You will hear from the fund within 20 days after the closing date for applications.

How will I be notified of the status of my application?
You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your application. Thereafter you will receive an email notifying you whether your application was successful or not.

When will I know if I have received a grant?
Within three weeks post the closing date for applications.

If I am not selected for a grant, will I still be notified?

Is the application only online? 

May I apply on behalf of someone else with their consent?

May I apply more than once?
Yes, but not in the same cycle.

If I don’t receive the grant in one cycle, do I have to submit another application in the next cycle?

What security measures are in place to protect the information I am providing in this application?
All committee members and panel members will sign non-disclosure agreements. All applications will be treated as completely confidential.

If I am awarded a grant, will my name be made public?
No, under no circumstances will the fund publish the names of beneficiaries.

What is the timeline for fund distribution?
Within three weeks after the close of applications, you will be notified of the success of your application, and the funds will be paid over within 14 days after this notification.

If I receive a grant, will there be reporting requirements?

What will you require to issue my grant?
Bank details and a bank letter confirming your banking details. 

Is the grant taxable?

Who administers the fund?
This is a non-profit company that is administered by a group of volunteers.

What can I use the funding for?
This is entirely dependent on the needs of the applicant.

Am I able to get this grant more than once?

Will my donation be eligible for tax benefits?
Yes.  All donations qualify for a Section 18A tax certificate (upon request).

Will all of the money donated go to artists?

Can I designate my donation to a specific discipline or demographic?
Please email info@tribuo.co.za to discuss this.

Tribuo Partners