"Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world."

- Nelson Mandela

NACDF's programmes include:


The objective is to identify, promote and facilitate broad based export opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs and companies within the South African creative sector. This is in an effort to encourage international trade and attract economic investment within this sector, which will assist in creating a platform for local products to participate in other markets internationally.

In an effort to promote South African music trade abroad and to foster cultural exchange, the National Arts and Culture Development Foundation has been part of the delegations that represented South Africa at the following international events:

  • WMC 2017 - Miami, USA
  • WMC 2016 - Miami, USA
  • ADE 2015 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • WMC 2015 - Miami, USA
  • ADE 2014 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • WMC 2014 - Miami, USA
  • WMC 2013 - Miami, USA
  • WMC 2012 - Miami, USA
  • SXSW 2012 - Texas, USA
  • POPKOMM 2011 - Berlin, Germany
  • MIDEM 2011 - Cannes, France
  • RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY 2010 - London, UK
  • MIDEM 2010 - Cannes, France
  • WOMEX 2008 - Sevilla, Spain
  • SONAR 2008 - Barcelona, Spain
  • MIDEM 2007 - Cannes, France
  • RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY 2006 - Melbourne, Australia


We endeavor to initiate, facilitate and provide diverse business and legal skills workshops to previously disadvantaged South African artists. All educational workshops are instructed by industry experts in respective fields covering below topics:

  • Entertainment Law: Intellectual Property, Copyright, Contracts, Licensing, etc.
  • Information Technology: Computer Technology, E-commerce, Digital Media, Internet, Web Applications, etc.
  • Distribution:Physical Distribution, Digital Distribution, etc.
  • Marketing: Marketing Management, Branding, Album Release Plans, Radio Submissions, Market Research and Strategy, Public Relations, etc.
  • Business Management: Entrepreneurship, Business Economics, Project Management, etc.
  • Accounting: Financial Accounting, Economics, Financial and Investment Management, etc.


The annual event is aimed at creating job opportunities and assisting artists across various disciplines to showcase and market their works.


In promoting cultural exchange, it is necessary to make efforts to understand other countries' cultures as well as to promote their understanding of our South African cultural heritage. Cultural exchange with other countries is a very important means of deepening mutual understanding of diverse cultural traditions, thereby promoting international partnerships and goodwill.


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