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Opportunity: National Youth Orchestra of Kenya Invites New Applications, Applications Should be Sent by Sept. 1 2014

The National Youth Orchestra of Kenya invites new applications from young musicians aged 13 to 20 who can demonstrate commitment to music and leadership potential.
Closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Monday 1st September 2014. Selected Applicants may be called to audition at Strathmore University in Nairobi on 6th or 7th September 2014. Previous applicants are allowed to re-apply if they had previously applied and auditioned before December 2013.

Full details and application forms are available from (+254 728 814703).

Anyone under the age of 20 can participate in the KNYO as long as they meet the following requirements;

Essential Requirements
1. Anyone aged 20 and under as at December 2014.
2. Citizens or resident in Kenya and planning to remain in Kenya for a minimum of two years from January 2015.
3. Committed to the purpose of forming a national group representing Kenyan youth, and wholly sympathetic with its aims and challenges.
4. Have previous experience in music performance
5. Able to commit adequate time for attendance at KNYO courses and to regular music practice
6. Provide a reference from their music teacher.

Additional Requirements
1. Able to play chosen instrument* at a high technical level
2. Able to read music at a high level
3. Have music theory knowledge
4. Own or have regular access to their chosen instrument*
5. *Chosen instrument can be any of the following:

Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, cornet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, orchestral percussion, violin, viola, cello or double bass

August 14, 2014 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

Submission: All Africa Music Award –AFRIMA, Until Jul. 5 2014

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Are You a Gifted African Artist?

Calling on Artists, Songwriters, Video Directors, Music Producers, Music Journalists and Unrecorded Artists to Submit Entries

To celebrate the rich Musical heritage of Africa and her talented Artists for the economic growth of the Continent, the International Committee of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), has opened the Submission of Entries for musical works across Africa for the 2014 edition.

Entries are currently open up to 5th July 2014 and Music Industry Professionals of African origin, living either on the Continent or Abroad, are Eligible to enter for the Awards. Works to be submitted must be Released during the Year under review –31st May 2013 to 4th July 2014.

Detailed information about Eligibility and the Format of Submission is available on the AFRIMA website.

June 7, 2014 at 2:42 pm 1 comment

Opportunity/Call for Artists: Art Against Poverty, by Apr. 8 2014

Art Against Poverty A3
CEFA Kenya and Cultural Video Foundation are looking for artists interested in starting a 2 year journey that involves training, enhancing their visibility skills and marketing their art.

The Categories are;

1. Visual Arts
2. Music
3. Dance
4. Performing Arts
5. Literary Art
6. Art Therapy
7. Art Teaching

Call for Artists
Deadline for filling an application: April 8, 2014

How to Apply
Send 3 samples of your work, CV & motivational letter

Application Drop off Points
1. Physical Drop off Points: Italian Institute of Culture – Westlands, Goethe Institut Nairobi, Alliance Francaise
2. Soft Copy:

Terms & Conditions: To apply you should be 18-35 years old and based in Nairobi

Download the poster here CALL FOR ARTISTS

March 27, 2014 at 2:29 pm 1 comment

A Call to Visual Artists by Feb. 21 2014: Beautiful Delivery – Making Pumwani Hospital a place of Healing & Joy

A Call to Visual Artists to give to a coming generation of Kenyans

Beautiful Delivery – Making Pumwani Hospital a place of Healing and Joy Project

Deadline is February 21, 2014.

Pumwani Hospital is an Obstetric and Referral Hospital for delivery of expectant mothers in Nairobi, and adjoining districts. Pumwani also caters to HIV+ mothers through its PMTCT program. Daily normal deliveries are 50 – 100, and Cesarean Sections are 10 – 15. It is the largest maternity hospital in Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Artwork in hospitals can serve as a positive distraction for what the patient is experiencing. It is the ultimate way to demonstrate the healing power of art and its utility beyond aesthetics.

In 2004, a clinical study* showed that placing original artworks within the healthcare environment had the following benefits:

- Reduction in levels of anxiety, stress and depression
– Reduction in patients’ length of stay within the hospital
– Reduction in the use of some medications
– Increase in staff morale

*Public Art in Health Spaces

The Situation
Pumwani’s hospital walls are stark and drab, with images from posters of dying and deformed babies, mostly information NGOs that still practice shock advertisement to push mothers to bring children for immunization etc.

The walls at the Antenatal Clinic were recently repainted by Google. The new walls remain empty and for the women who bring the children there, the clinic is dreary and uninspiring.

The garden where relatives of women in labour (often husbands) and mothers-to-be await the arrival of their babies, is also devoid of any benches or works to both heal and inspire.

The mothers who attend the PMTCT program come with young children who have nowhere to play.

It is not right that only hospitals that have a budget to commission artists should access art. Four artists from Kuona Trust have come together to create scultpures for the garden, a stained glass window panel, a see-saw for the children and art pieces for the antenatal clinic.

There are still alot more opportunities to push the healing properties of art within this public space – to a population that might not otherwise have access to contemporary art.

Where do you come in

Do you have any art pieces that you would like to donate to Pumwani Hospital?
All the artwork must be for the benefit of the community; images that inspire and uplift – around the themes of both or one of the following: giving life through birth children

Deadline is February 21, 2014.

If you are interested and would like to participate in this loving gesture, please contact Wambui Kamiru at:

February 15, 2014 at 7:03 pm Leave a comment

Opportunity/Call for Applications: Film Critic & Journalism Workshop, by Feb. 9 2014 for Mar. 31 to Apr. 11 2014

The producers of the ONE FINE DAY FILM Workshops (NAIROBI HALF LIFE, SOMETHING NECESSARY, SOUL BOY) will be running a Film Critic workshop in Nairobi.

For those interested find the application link here. // OFDF Film Critic Application

NB: Applications close on February 9, 2014

January 22, 2014 at 8:50 am Leave a comment

Call for Artistic Expression: Manjano [Nairobi County Arts Exhibition 2014], Feb. 11 2014 @ GoDown Art Centre


January 22, 2014 at 8:43 am Leave a comment

Apply for the National Youth Orchestra of Kenya, by June 17 2013

The National Youth Orchestra of Kenya invites new applications for cello and percussion players from young musicians aged 14 to 23. The preferred candidates must demonstrate commitment to ensemble music and leadership potential. Closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Monday 17th June 2013. Selected Applicants may be called to audition at Peponi House Preparatory School(Farasi Lane, Off Lower Kabete Rd) in Nairobi on 22nd June 2013 and may be admitted to KNYO on a trial basis in the next training course (8th to 14th July 2013). Previous applicants are allowed to re-apply if they had previously applied and auditioned before December 2012. Full details and application forms are available from and from Tel: +254 728814703/ 722570111


June 15, 2013 at 12:23 pm Leave a comment

[Ended] Opportunities: Writers and Photographers WANTED, Immediately by @ Pawa254 Hub

PAWA254 is looking for writers and/or photographers based in any of the following areas in Kenya for a one month contract project which we hope will cover the elections:

Nairobi, Kisumu, Machakos, Naivasha, Nakuru, Kericho, Eldoret, Mombasa, Narok, Tana River, Kajiado, Baringo, Wajir, Isiolo, Garissa, Marsabit, Lamu, Siaya, Nyamira, Othaya, Muranga, Thika, Kakamega, Machakos…

The project is meant to start IMMEDIATELY, so if you’re interested in applying (or know someone who is), kindly drop Pawa 254 an email: with the following:

- a brief profile about yourself
– portfolio of your work (either 4 photographs or 2 pieces of your work)
– an outline of where you are, or can be, based in the locations mentioned above

Kindly share this information with anyone else you think might be interested in this unique opportunity.

Selection period has passed

February 26, 2013 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

Attention Kenyan Musicians! Applications for OneBeat 2013, Now Open [From Dec. 17 2012]

OneBeat is open to musicians ages 19-35, who demonstrate both an advanced proficiency in their musical work, an interest in cross-genre collaboration, and experience with or interest in developing strategies to use music as a way to improve their communities. If you are an adventurous, socially-committed young musician looking for a chance to collaborate with other like-minded musicians from around the world, please consider applying!

Program Overview: September 9 – October 6, 2013
OneBeat is an international cultural exchange that celebrates the transformative power of the arts through the creation of original, inventive music, and people-to-people diplomacy. In the fall of 2013, approximately 25 musicians (ages 19-35) from around the world will come together in the U.S. for four weeks to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop ways that music can make a positive impact on our local and global communities.
OneBeat 2013 will take place from September 9 to October 6, and is divided into two segments, a residency and a tour. During the residency, OneBeat Fellows will spend two weeks at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in central Florida, immersed in a process of collaborative music creation and experimentation. During the two-week tour, OneBeat ensembles will collaborate with local musicians to give public performances and lead workshops with youth and community groups. OneBeat Fellows will also work with a diverse group of expert Collaborating Artists— including luminaries of classical music, hip-hop, jazz and more—to develop and deepen the scope of their collaborative work.

OneBeat is open to musicians ages 19-35, who demonstrate both an advanced proficiency in their musical work, an interest in cross-genre collaboration, and experience with or interest in developing strategies to use music as a way to improve their communities.

Eligible Countries
In this second year of the program, applications are open to musicians who are both residents and citizens of the following countries:
Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burma, Cambodia, China, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Egypt, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mozambique, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam.

Important Information for Applicants
We are glad that you are interested in applying to be a 2013 OneBeat Fellow! To prepare for the 2013 application potential applicants should plan to write about their musical background and interests as well as future projects and goals. Potential applicants will submit 3-5 solo and collaborative samples of their work (both audio and video are accepted).

Here are a few important things to know when applying for OneBeat:

1) Musicians from all musical backgrounds are welcome. Musicians from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, with or without formal musical training, from all genres, including but not limited to: hip hop, traditional, experimental, electronic, jazz, classical, sound design, beat-making, multimedia art, or any combination of these styles. In additional to full-time professional musicians, we also invite adventurous musicians who double as community organizers, instrument builders, writers, videographers, musicologists, educators, storytellers, dancers, shadow-puppeteers, and more.
2) Collaboration is central. OneBeat offers musicians the opportunity to collaborate on new projects, and to explore new musical traditions. Rather than simply showcasing solo talent, OneBeat is meant for musicians to work together across across stylistic and cultural divides in the pursuit of new musical possibilities.
3) OneBeat is socially engaged. We are particularly looking for musicians who have a strong commitment to their communities and who are seeking new ways to engage in youth development, music education, music therapy, conflict resolution, and other musical ways of working towards more egalitarian and democratic societies.
4) OneBeat is a FREE program! (but not a paying gig) OneBeat is a free fellowship program, with all Fellows’ travel, transportation, food, and lodging costs covered. We also offer Fellows a modest stipend, as well as a per diem to cover food and other expenses while on tour. While we are not able to pay Fellows performance fees, OneBeat will offer Fellows a lot of visibility, as well as the chance to create new material, establish lifelong musical partnerships, learn new marketable skills, and develop professional connections.

Review Criteria
1. Musical Excellence – A high level of performance, composition, improvisational, production and/or technological skill. Ideally OneBeat musicians will be innovating either stylistically, lyrically, or technologically within their musical worlds.
2. Collaboration — Applicants’ willingness to cross cultural and musical divides in creating original music, or re-interpreting traditional music, while respecting the essence of each tradition.
3. Social Engagement – Musicians who have used music to serve their communities or greater societies. This might consist of starting a music school, promoting peace and democracy through musical content, reviving dying musical traditions, and more.
4. English Proficiency – Applicants should be able to converse in basic English, as it will be the common language of all OneBeat Fellows. Interpreters will be provided during the first and last days of the program if necessary.
5. Internet Proficiency – When possible, OneBeat Fellows should actively use email and be able to connect to the internet to participate in OneBeat website-based activities.

OneBeatSM is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and produced by Bang on A Can’s Found Sound Nation.

Full info available here:

December 17, 2012 at 12:41 pm 6 comments

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