Podcast Participants:

Interviewee – Marcus Desando (ACT CEO)

Interviewer – Unathi Nkyai (Host)


Podcast link: https://iono.fm/e/935575


In this podcast, Marcus Desando (ACT CEO), talks all things Building Blocks 2020 on the Midday-Joy with Unati Nkayi on Kaya FM. In this interview he; highlights the shift in perspective for the revamped Building Blocks Programme, funded by the National Arts Council, the need for artists to sharpen their entrepreneurial and business acumen and the importance of the arts as an economic driver in South Africa.


“Unathi speaks to Arts and Culture Trust (ACT) CEO, Marcus Desando about the call for applications for the ACT Building Blocks Programme 2020. The Building Blocks Programme has historically been one of ACT’s most impactful programmes in the arts and culture sector, empowering a large number of arts and culture practitioners across South Africa to bolster their professional and business acumen with an arts specific framework. In 2020 ACT proudly presents an updated curriculum that will speak to current challenges and tangible business solutions for sustainability in the arts and culture sector.” – Midday-Joy


Applications for participation in the ACT Building Blocks Programme are open until the 31st of October 2020. Only 5 organisations/artists/companies per province will be selected. Find out more by visiting this link: https://act.org.za/programmes-act-building-blocks/




The Art & Culture Trust (ACT)

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.


For more information please visit the Trust’s website. Follow ACT on Twitter or like the ACT’s Facebook page.