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SAMRO BURSARIES (article first published : 2002-06-10)

The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) — through its Endowment for the National Arts — recently awarded bursaries worth some R550,000 to 77 full-time music students at 14 universities and technikons across Southern Africa.

These bursaries, which are awarded annually, represent one of the most substantial groups of music study awards available in Southern Africa. They are for full-time tertiary music study at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels at any statutory educational institution in Southern Africa, and are awarded on a balance of criteria focusing primarily on musical merit and financial need.

According to Rob Hooijer, Chief Executive Officer of SAMRO, in the last 10 years the organisation has invested about R20-million in music bursaries and sponsorships as part of its work for the development and upliftment of local music creators and performers. He went on to say: “In addition to its Bursaries, the SAMRO Endowment for the National Arts also supports music foundation courses at several South African universities and technikons. Furthermore, we sponsor graded music examination fees for disadvantaged students on part-time non-degree music programmes at various other tertiary institutions, as well as for those who are enrolled at over 20 community music schools countrywide”.

Prominent names among previous winners of SAMRO Bursaries include cellists Kutlwano Masote and Human Coetzee, jazz trumpeter Marcus Wyatt, bass guitarist Bongani Sokhela, operatic soprano Angela Gilbert, popular music vocalist Tutu Puoane, flautist Melané Hofmeyer-Burger, violinist Melale Mantu, jazz pianist Andile Yenana and classical pianist Nina Schumann, as well as academics and administrators George Mughovhani (Head of Music at the University of Venda) and Geoff Mapaya (Academic Head at the FUBA School of Music).

SAMRO is a non-profitmaking collection society that was established 40 years ago with the specific mandate of administering the broadcasting and public performance rights in the musical works of its members, who are composers, lyricists and music-publishers. With a membership of close to 5 000, SAMRO also represents 1,4-million foreign rights holders in South Africa and is an affiliate of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), which is made up of similar organisations throughout the world.

Application forms for next year’s SAMRO Southern African Music Study Bursaries will be available in October 2002 from The Secretary: Board of Trustees, SAMRO Endowment for the National Arts, P O Box 31609, BRAAMFONTEIN 2017, telephone 011 489-5000.




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