NGO Music Schools

SAMRO Foundation supports almost 50 community-based music schools. The Foundation’s grants represent the largest single contribution of its kind in South Africa, totalling R1.2 million in 2015. Please see the list below of the organisations supported by the Foundation.

Access Music Project

Jazz, Western Art & Southern African music; DD Siwisa and Ntsika Marimba bands; Penny whistle ensemble; duos, quartets, etc

Shiloh Marsh - Project Manager

Joza Youth Hub Cnr Sani & Ncame Streets Grahamstown 6139

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Ad Libitum Academy of Music

Formal music tuition in Jazz and Western Art as well as Rock and Pop. The band’s repertoire consist of different genres, including African Music, Jazz, Classical, Cabaret and Popular music.

Marvin Booysen - Director

12 Neethling Crescent, Robertson, Western Cape

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ACOSA: Soweto Music Conservatoire

Western Art; Soweto Youth Orchestra; Soweto Children’s Orchestra

Sheila & Michael Masote - Directors

427 Ontdekkers Rd, Florida Park 1709 Tel: 011 472 8394

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Athlone Academy of Music

Teach both Jazz & Western Art music Orchestra; string orchestra & jazz band

Thurston Brown - Director

Yulene January - Administrator

Martin Luther Str and 8th Ave, Belgravia Estate, Athlone 7764

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Beau Soleil Music Centre

Youth Music Development Programme in Kenilworth, Cape Town, NPO, several ensembles

Marina Louw - Head of Strings

12 Salisbury Road, Kenilworth, Cape Town, 7708

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Diepkloof, Soweto. Western Art / Southern African music; Buskaid Ensemble; Various jnr/ snr string orchestras

Ms Rosemary Nalden - Director

Anne Bull - Administrator

4262 Tebogo/ Maphatlalatsane Str, Zone 3, Diepkloof, Soweto

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Darling Trust

Piano, recorder, guitar and music theory

Tasha St John-Reid - Manager

8 Arcadia Street, Darling W/Cape

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Diazville Brass Band

Brass band in Saldanha Bay - members from various schools; Wide repertoire from Western Art to jazz to band’s own compositions for brass band

Willem du Preez - Conductor

PO Box 1588, Saldanha

(No website)

Durban Music School

Western Art, jazz, and Northern Indian classical music. Jnr & snr wind bands; brass band, string ensemble, Jazz big band, Northern Indian Classical ensemble, etc.

Kim Matthews - CEO

Shan De Chalain - Administrator

21 Diakonia Avenue, Durban

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Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra

Music Investment Project. Violin, various other orchestral instruments, theory, strings repair workshop.

Gill Barnett - ECPO Orchestra Manager

PO Box 12148, Moffat Place, Port Elizabeth Eastern Cape

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Frank Pietersen Music Centre

Western Art; Southern African; Wind Bands, Youth Symphony Orchestra & African Percussion

Vaughn Pietersen - Principal

21 Sanddrif Street, Paarl, Western Cape

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Friends of the Cape Town Academy of Music

Classical guitar, piano, voice, keyboard, electric guitar, cello, violin

Avril Kinsey - Director

15 Cockburn Close, Glencairn Heights, Cape Town

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Hillbrow Community Music Centre

Theory, Jazz, Marimba & String Ensembles

Sasha Sonnbichler - Creative Director (Music Centre)

30 Edith Cavell Street, Hillbrow 2038

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Hout Bay Music Project

Western Art, Jazz & African music; Junior & Senior string ensembles; marimba, djembe drumming, African dance, theory, etc

Leanne Dollman - Director

Community Centre, Baviaans Kloof Road, Hout bay 7806

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Institute for Music & Indigenous arts Development (IMAD)

Jazz & South African; saxophone, trumpet, trombone, keyboards, guitar, bass guitar & drums; various ensembles and the Little Giants Big Band

George Werner & Nick Green

Eluxolweni Primary School in Khayelitsha; York Road Primary School in Lansdowne.

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Izabantu Live Music

Jazz, western art & Southern African; piano, guitar, trumpet, marimba, recorder, drums

Zabantu Dubazana - Director

16 Sol Madube St, North Crest, Mthatha, 5100 E/Cape

(No website)

Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company

Jazz, Western Art; Teacher training prg; Youth orchestra; wind/ string ensembles; youth jazz band

Susan Rendall - Music Director

W40 Wozani Block, Wits Education Campus; Parktown, Jhb.

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Keiskamma Music Academy

Teaching recorder, all woodwind, trombone, trumpet, drums, strings and music theory. Various ensembles as well as indigenous Xhosa instruments including uhadi bow, djembe and marimba

Anthony Drake - Programme Manager

Plot 427, Hamburg, Peddie, Eastern Cape

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Khula Arts Centre Centre

Western Art & South African music; recorders, piano, violins, clarinets, trombones and trumpets. UThungulu Youth Orchestra

Bhekani Thabede - Project Manager

Cnr of Damon Boulevard & Krugerrand St, Suite 6, Sheer-Meer at the Bay Building, Richards Bay

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Mamela Music Project

Western Art, Jazz, & Southern African; Music skills training – piano; guitar; bass guitar; percussion; jazz ensemble; school choir; theory of music; brass; woodwind; marimba

Charles Louw - Project Manager

c/o Edenvale Primary School, Sonderend Rd, Manenberg 7764

(No website)

Mangaung String Programme

Western Art, South African; Bochabela String Orchestra – varied repertoire of South African music

Peter Guy - Director

16 Whites Road, Bloemfontein, Free State

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Mbira School of Music & Art

Jazz, Western Art & African music. Teaching piano, brass, woodwind, percussion, strings, vocals and some indigenous instruments.

Jabu Amos Mazibuko - General Manager

1488 Sam Ngema Drive, Kwathema Gauteng

(No website)

Mmabana Arts, Culture and Sport Foundation

3 Centres: Lehurutse, Mahikeng & Taung Jazz, Contemporary and classical music. Teaching piano, recorder, guitar, saxophone, drums, bass guitar

Ezzy Matolo - Music Tutor

101 James Moroka Road, Mmabatho: North West

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Moses Taiwa Molelekwa Arts Foundation

Teaching recorder, harmonica, penny whistle, saxophone, trumpet, bass guitar, drums/percussions, flute, trombone and piano. Jazz band

Jerry Molelekwa - Director

32 Sedibeng Section, Tembisa 1632

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Msunduzi Music Centre

Jazz and classical music - music theory, rhythm study, drums, piano, guitar and flute; Various ensembles

Nhlanhla Mnikathi - Program Director

Presbyterian Church 252 Church Street, Pietermaritzburg, 3201

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Music Academy of Gauteng

Variety of genres - strong focus on Jazz and Mbaqanga. Drums, Piano, Guitar, Electric Bass, Piano, Double Bass, Cello, Viola, Violin, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone and Voice; Various jazz ensembles

Dr Johnny Mekoa - Executive Director

54 Putfontein Road, c/o Noord Ave Van Rhyn Small Holdings, Cloverdene Daveyton, Gauteng

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Music Education Centre for the Arts

Western Art & African. Teaching saxophone, trumpet, trombone and recorder as well as marimba, djembe and other African instruments

Ntsundeni Mathode - Director

A teaching project in Nzhelele - a teaching centre in Limpopo; 35 students from Nzhelele project and 84 students from Garankuwa project

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Music Enlightenment Project

Violin, cello, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, french horn; and music making practices related to Orff Schulwerk such as the use of recorders, xylophones, body percussion, and singing. Youth orchestra and various smaller ensembles such the recorder ensemble, the wind band and the string ensemble

Ilke Alexander and Adeyemi Oladiran - CEO & Music Director

94 Juta Street,​ Braamfontein. 3 different schools: Progressive Primary (70), Phoenix College (30) as well as the Education Programme Centre (6) in Jeppestown

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North West School of Music

North West Youth Orchestra’s outreach programme to develop orchestral skills for youth. Western Art music

Mart-Mari Swanevelder - Administrator

Cnr of Thabo Mbeki and Meyer, Potchefstroom, North West

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Rainbow Academy of Music

School of performing arts and business, education, training and employment for ages between 17 and 25. Jazz, Western Art & Southern African

Denay Willie - Director

85 St Georges Mall, Cape Town 8001

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Self Help Community Outreach

Western Art and jazz. Recorder and percussion instruments, Drums, Keyboards and Guitars

Imelda Martin - Chairperson

5 Norfolk Close, Ex 19, Belhar 7493 Western Cape

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Sibikwa Arts African Indigenous Music Project

African Drumming, Song & Dance and Music Theory; Marimba band

Ms Phillis Klotz - Artistic Director

Michael Mabena - Project Administrator

13 Liverpool Park, cnr Liverpool & Bolton Rd, Benoni South

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Siyakhula Community Music Centre

Jazz, Western Art & others. Jazz band, brass ensemble, cultural and traditional music group.

Khulekani Bhengu - Director

F297 Umlazi Township,PO box 54780, Umlazi, KZN

(No website)

Soweto Theatre Music Tutorial Programme

Strings, Winds and Vocals are taught

Khosi Hlatshwayo - Community & Audience Development Manager

Soweto Theatre, Jabulani Extension 1, Soweto

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Soweto Youth Music Development

Western Art; Jazz. Newly formed brass band; jazz ensembles, vocal quartets

Victor Koapeng - Principal

Orlando West, Soweto.

(No website)

Success Music and Drama Institution

Western Art & Southern African music; Recorder & music theory

Lindi Mokoatlo - Chairperson

3357 Skwebu St, Kwa-Thema, Springs 1575

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Thuthukani Music Conservatoire

Classical, jazz & African music. Theory,recorder, clarinet, flute, violin, cello & trombone

Vusi Ngwenya - Co-ordinator

1209 Mzilikazi Street, Mofola Central, Dube.

(No website)

Tshwane School of Music

Teaching mainly jazz music, but also music theory, improvisation, music business and music technology. Piano/ keyboards, bass guitar, guitar, drums, voice, alto /tenor saxophone, trumpet & trombone. Several bands and ensembles.

Beth & Freddy Arendse

214 Willie Swart Street, Eersterust

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Welcome Soweto School of Music

Teaching a variety of instruments and musical styles: strings, woodwind, brass and percussion including piano and vocal studies; Orchestral ensemble

Innocent Ngwane

11624 Modjadji Street, Zone 4, Pimville, Soweto

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