Interviewee – Marcus Desando (ACT CEO)
Interviewer – Peter Sibeko (SEAfrica Founder)
Podcast link: http://cmajorproductions.com/podcast/
In this episode by The One Podcast ACT CEO, Marcus Desando discusses the current status of the Arts & Culture Trust as an organisation under lockdown and addresses various issues impacting the arts sector at large during the rise of Covid19. This interview highlights; the agility of the ACT team to work remotely under lockdown, how the industry and sponsorships are affected by Covid19 and the impact on the Trust’s endowment.
Other issues in this podcast:
- Why the arts might be crippled under the lockdown and beyond, an observation on what has not been harnessed and how this could ironically create possible avenue for solutions for those who are able to access. the digital space.
- The historical reluctant of the arts, in particular the performing arts, to engage with the digital space (most activities are dependent on the live element).
- The limited capacity to digitise the arts space especially in terms of the performing arts. How will we create for the digital space and how will we monetise it?
- Over the past three years especially, live performance has been struggling with sponsors and audiences. Will there be a market for digital performances in South Africa where it is still inconceivable for a vast majority of South Africans to engage in the digital space. The prevailing issue of #datamust fall and access needs to be addressed.
“In the midst of a national emergency artists and the broader creative community have been adversely affected economically, creatively and otherwise. Needless to say, there is a great sense of uncertainty and despondence about the state of affairs and the future. As custodians of art and creative development we remain committed to bringing critical and helpful information to our audience/followers via our new podcast channel”
– The One Podcast.
The Art & Culture Trust
Over 25 years of arts funding
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured funding programmes, ACT provides support for all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance, and the support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration.
The One Podcast:
A podcast that digs deep into human potential and creativity with the sole purposes of identifying at least one thought provoking finding or development, one podcast at a time. It is about opening the mind of our audience to things that are extraordinary, innovative, new or simply educational. We talk to captains of industry, change makers and dare delves that are beyond the ordinary in who they are and what they do. This is a SEAfrica (Showbiz Entertainment Africa) presentation with your host Peter Blasto Sibeko.
The Showbiz Entertainment Africa (SEAfrica) conference is an annual event dedicated to the development and growth of the entertainment industry in Africa. The event was launched in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2014 and has supplied its audience with a wealth of insight and information from the esteemed speaker panel of industry experts that it’s hosted throughout the years. The event is now also hosted in Botswana (SEAfricaBW) with its first edition launched in 2019