South African Musicians Support Association
Are you a music lover?
A musician's life is often a tough life. Long hours. Short money. Exhausting travel. No job security, health benefits, retirement package or other formal support. Even the most gifted frequently find themselves unable to feed, house, clothe and educate themselves or their families. and often there's no place to turn to. We feel It is time to change that.A group of people who love and support live music see what South African musicians experience and have decided to take action to help remedy this situation. To that end they have come together to create the South African Musicians Support Association (SAMSA).
SAMSA is based on similar programmes developed in London, New York, Los Angeles and New Orleans. SAMSA is envisioned to be a place where deserving musicians can apply for help with everything from petrol to the next tour; to dental expenses; hearing protection and maintenance; replacement of lost or stolen instruments; a bag of groceries; children school fees; the phone bill, electric bill and almost anything else that might tip a performing artist's career into crisis.
SAMSA will be a registered Non-profit Voluntary Association administering a court-Registered Trust with a Board and Membership made up of passionate music fans, industry professionals, musicians, journalists and organisations which are involved in the administration and production of music.
The Draft Constitution and Bylaws are currently being written and will be submitted to The Directorate of Non-profit Organisations upon completion.
In the meantime, a transparent crowd-funding campaign is being set up via this GoGetFunding to raise the initial seed capital required to manifest this dream. Any and all funds available from this account will be used in accordance with the entire Board only if necessary and balance transferred to the official bank account when open and available.
To all Music Lovers....Have a favorite South African musician, here or gone, that you love and want to honour? Please make your donation in their name and spread the news about them in the comment section of the donation section. https://gogetfunding.com/musiciansupport/
Why Howard Barber? Well as a superfan music lover, he started this long awaited project. For the initial seed capital, has requested that any and all who wish to help him celebrate his upcoming 60th birthday on 8 December 2019, to make a contribution to the fund in leiu of a gift.
Click here: https://gogetfunding.com/musiciansupport/
This charitable contribution will be carefully tracked and ultimately help provide the foundation for major contributions from organisations such as SAMRO, Nedbank, the Arts & Culture Trust, Business and Arts South Africa and many are.
Please support our journey to keep music, and musicians, alive and thriving in South Africa.
We will post our website, Facebook and Instagram accounts as soon as they become available for publishing. We look forward to your financial and or volunteer assistance.
South African Musicians thank you.