Arts & Culture Trust Requests Proposals for Programme Personnel for the 2024 ACT Nyoloha Scholarship Programme

Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is inviting proposals from dynamic individuals to join the upcoming ACT Nyoloha Scholarship Programme (NSP) as programme facilitators/mentors. The ACT seeks programme personnel to support the NSP across four positions namely, a Visual and Digital Arts Mentor, a Performing Arts Assistant Mentor, a Stage Manager, and an Artistic Director. In partnership with Nedbank, Sun International, and the MTN Foundation SA, the ACT NSP is an undergraduate scholarship initiative designed to empower qualifying youth with opportunities to pursue tertiary education in visual and performing arts. Simultaneously, the programme aims to equip practicing artists with career-accelerating skills, ensuring sustainable careers in the contemporary job market of the cultural and creative industries.

This year’s iteration of the programme promises to be fresh, unique, and impactful, comprising 2 components: the ACT Nyoloha Scholarship Programme and the ACT Nyoloha Training Programme. Traditionally, the ACT solely offered the scholarship programme, which provides art scholarships for youth to pursue tertiary education. However, ACT has expanded its offering to include the ACT Nyoloha Training Programme, which offers no-cost training to a select group of excellent artists who do not intend to pursue a formal tertiary education.

The selected candidates will engage in a three-month bi-weekly mentorship and training programme, conducted online on Saturdays. The programme includes online training, mentorship with industry experts with a focus on discipline specific knowledge and information. The 2024 iteration of the programme will encompass a strong focus on the inclusion of immersive technologies in the visual and performing arts.

The culmination of the ACT Nyoloha Scholarship Programme will see a selection of 15 finalists that will move ahead post-training phase to participate in an intensive week of master classes, and rehearsals, culminating in a final performing arts showcase and exhibition to win one of two scholarships to the value of R300 000.00 each. Participants collaborate with industry professionals, gaining valuable experience and the opportunity to connect with emerging artists from diverse backgrounds.

ACT is inviting proposals for programme personnel for the 2024 NSP, seeking candidates for four short-term positions:

  1. Visual and Digital Arts Mentor: To provide programme participants theoretical and practical instruction in service of practical skills and techniques through conducting bi-weekly workshops from 8 June to 17 August 2024. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong Digital Arts background.
  2. Performing Arts Assistant Mentor: To provide programme participants theoretical and practical instruction in service of practical skills and techniques through conducting bi-weekly workshops from 8 June to 17 August 2024.
  3. Stage Manager: This individual will be responsible for coordinating the ACT NSP production from rehearsals to performances, working alongside the Artistic Director to ensure that the production is successful. The Stage Manager will be working with the Artistic Director during finals week from 23 -27 September 2024 and execute the technical support for the artistic vision and focus for the ACT Nyoloha Scholarship Programme Gala Event on 28 September 2024.
  4. Artistic Director: Will be responsible for and facilitating the Performing Arts segment of the programme through curating rehearsals from 23 – 27 September 2024. The selected candidate will work with an assistant choreographer and assistant vocal coach. Overall, the Artistic Director will be responsible for conceiving, developing, and implementing an artistic vision and focus, according to this year’s theme, for the ACT Nyoloha Scholarship Programme Gala Event on 28 September 2024.

‘ACT is actively seeking dynamic individuals who are not only passionate about the arts but are also dedicated to the development, training, and mentorship of young artists,’ says Jessica Denyschen, CEO of ACT. ‘We are specifically looking for programme personnel who embody creative excellence in their respective fields and possess a knack for innovating with art forms and the application of digital or immersive technologies in performing and visual arts mediums. Crucial to our mission is the exploration of employability opportunities for young creatives. Our goal is to empower the next generation of talented artists through the ACT Nyoloha Scholarship Programme and we are inviting high-performance artists to join us in making a lasting impact on the cultural and creative industries.’

South African citizens passionate about arts development, teaching, and mentorship of artists are encouraged to submit proposals, sharing their expertise and knowledge to uplift the next generation of talented artists. Applicants will need to submit proposals and other supporting documents i.e., a CV, portfolio of previous works, and reference letter(s) to apply, depending on the vacant position that they are applying for.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 12 April 2024, at 4:30 pm. Further details regarding the job specifications of each position and the application process are available in the ACT Nyoloha RFP document which can be found when applying at

Enquiries or questions must be e-mailed to ACT Programme Coordinator Angelinah Kemane at To keep in touch with the ACT, visit their website, follow them on X or like their Facebook page.

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Celebrating 30 years of Arts Excellence – Arts & Culture Trust

The ACT is South Africa’s premier independent development and art investment organisation. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the capacity for arts and culture initiatives to help create sustainable futures for our talented artists, through development and investment in innovative and sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured development programmes, ACT provides support to all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre, and dance, and their support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education, and arts administration. Over the past 30 years, ACT has supported more than 830 arts, culture, and heritage development projects (including small businesses) countrywide.

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