Nationality: Applicants may be nationals of any country but must live and work in Africa. Proof of long-term residence will be requested from non-African nationals.
Profession: Art Moves Africa supports individuals and groups (maximum: 3 people) belonging to the following professions:
- Cultural operators (managers, artistic directors, producers, technicians, researchers, etc.)
- Journalists working in the arts and culture sector
Origin and destination: Applicants’ travels must take place within the African continent, from one African country to another.
NB: Unfortunately, AMA cannot support travels to/from dependent territories or overseas or autonomous regions of European states, such as Réunion, Mayotte, the Canary Islands, Madeira, Ceuta, Melilla, etc.
Artistic fields: Art Moves Africa supports the travel of artists and cultural professionals working in the following artistic fields:
- Visual arts
Types of events and projects: Art Moves Africa encourages participation in any project or event that enables:
- Collaborations with other professionals
- Exchange of information and activities
- Elaboration of projects, practices and ideas
- Improvement of artistic or technical skills
- Discovery of different artistic fields through: cultural professional network meetings, festivals, artists’ residencies, workshops, seminars, lectures, work sessions
- Artists to demonstrate the long term effect of their project
- Artists to share their experience by encouraging networking in their own country
- Professionals seeking wider access to international networks to enhance their careers.
As a result, it supports participation in the following types of projects and events:
- Meetings, conferences, lectures and symposia
- Workshops, master classes
- Research trips
- Creation or production of new works
- Performances and tours (small-scale)
- Festivals, biennales and art fairs
Restrictions: Art Moves Africa supports only the costs of international travel for the duration of one month maximum. Grantees will receive a round-trip flight ticket, booked, bought and issued by AMA.
Due to limited funding, Art Moves Africa cannot cover the costs of:
- Artists’ fees
- Visas (*AMA can however provide a letter of support for visa applications)
- Travel insurance
- Accommodations and per-diems
- More than one trip per year per person
- Travels with a duration of more than one month
- Travel within the same country
- Travel for big productions (rehearsals, etc.)
- Transport of art works (for exhibitions, installations, etc.)
- Touring of big companies (performances during a festival or a theatre season, touring of shows)
- Groups of more than 3 people
- Professionals travelling on behalf of governmental institutions, highly-established organisations or commercial companies
- Academic research and training
- Full-time students and amateurs
Applications falling into any of the above categories will be automatically disqualified.
Selection criteria and process
Once you have sent your application, you will receive an automated email confirming its reception and indicating the date on which you will get an answer from the AMA Office. After each deadline, eligible applications are submitted to the selection committee for evaluation.
Applications will be evaluated based on four main criteria: artistic and professional merit; bridge-building and networking; logistic feasibility; and future impact. AMA encourages applications from emerging artists and professionals, individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and courage in their professional journey, as well as applications from women and non-binary individuals, and candidates from or travelling to underrepresented countries.
The selection committee is composed of arts and culture professionals from the five African regions. The selection committee consists of members selected by AMA.
The selection committee members are not aligned to any organisation that may directly benefit from AMA funding. They include writers, curators, a film and stage director, a dancer/choreographer, a music industry professional, and several cultural project managers.