Mahuma Institute for the Arts Champions Economic Empowerment for Aspiring Artists

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“We believe in inclusive talent development, and our program is open to aspiring artists from all corners of South Africa and beyond…”

Marking a pivotal moment in the evolution of arts education in South Africa, Mahuma Institute for the Arts (MIA) has launched innovative initiatives aimed at addressing the historical economic disparities within the arts industry.

In the 30 years of democracy in South Africa, the arts sector remains one of the few industries yet to fully benefit economically. Despite the significant strides made, the arts community continues to grapple with limited access to empowering information and opportunities. In response to this pressing issue, Mahuma Institute for the Arts is committed to spearheading transformative changes within the industry.

“Mahuma Institute for the Arts (MIA) goes beyond teaching artistic skills by exposing participants to various aspects of the industry. From radio to joining our production team, we offer a broader understanding of the field. Our Matora Office Complex in Seshego Polokwane provides facilities for these diverse artistic endeavours”, said Matome Rapetsoa, Founder and Group Chief Executive.

While Mahuma Institute for the arts main offices are in Polokwane, they cater for aspiring artists from all corners of South Africa and beyond.

Matome Rapetsoa – Founder and Director of MIA

“We believe in inclusive talent development, and our program is open to aspiring artists from all corners of South Africa and beyond. We want to ensure that the “Mahuma experience” is accessible to everyone, regardless of their geographic location”, said Rapetsoa.

The Audition deadline has been extended – responding to economic disparities.

The decision to extend the deadline for the 3-Month Masterclass auditions is not only in response to overwhelming demand but also acknowledges the economic challenges faced by aspiring artists.

Mahuma Institute for the Arts recognizes that the arts industry has yet to experience the economic benefits it deserves. This extension aims to provide aspiring artists with a fair chance to showcase their talents and, in turn, contribute to bridging the economic gap within the sector.

“Our commitment goes beyond extending deadlines; it is about breaking down economic barriers. The extension of the audition deadline is a crucial step in our dedication to empowering artists economically and fostering a more inclusive arts community”.

Introducing Comprehensive Online Audition Submissions

The introduction of a comprehensive online submission option for auditions is a strategic move to overcome the historical challenges of limited access to empowering information and opportunities within the arts industry.

Mahuma Institute for the Arts acknowledges that access to opportunities has been a longstanding issue in the 30 years of democracy. By allowing candidates to submit their audition videos online, regardless of their geographical location, the institute is championing inclusivity and democratizing access to transformative opportunities.

The audition process is easy and straightforward. “Artists can join the initiative by submitting their audition video clips to us. Once the auditioning process is finalised, we provide training and guidance tailored to their specific talents. The audition clips should include two 1-to-5-minute monologues, two short songs and a dance piece, the audition clips can then be sent to us via our MIA dedicated WhatsApp line or email address: 060 290 4460 /miaadmin@mahuma.co.za. We encourage everyone to submit their audition clips as soon as possible to avoid possible disappointments, space for this Masterclass is limited!”

Audition Deadline: January 31st, 2024

Registration Period: February 15th to February 29th, 2024

Classes Commence: March 4th, 2024

Classes Conclude: May 31st, 2024

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By Sinenzolo Mondi – Nduku