King Mohammed VI has made Africa a diplomatic priority; and the exchanges are more than just political. Now, Music in Africa reports that Afrikanya, a Moroccan organization for intercultural exchange in Africa, is accepting applications for its Africa Art Lines fund, which will help musicians, music organizations and festival organizers living and working in Africa travel to and from Morocco. From Music in Africa:
Africa Art Lines (AAL) aims to identify and support artists and holders of inter-African artistic and cultural projects; ensure a better presence of Moroccan artists on the continent; host African artists and projects in Morocco; encourage creative projects between Morocco and the other countries of the continent; grow audiences and promote participation in the development of the arts in Africa; and convey the values of diversity and intercultural dialogue through the arts.
Africa Art Lines is also made possible through project partners in Africa who share Afrikayna’s vision and values, recognizing that arts and culture constitute an essential key for human, social and economic development, in Morocco and throughout Africa; and working for a united and intercultural Africa.
The first round of AAL grants will help to highlight the trends, needs and levels of engagement of artists and cultural projects between Morocco and the African countries. These indicators will be necessary to ascertain the viability of mobility funds and its evolution according to the continent’s specific needs. The funds available for the first year will be dedicated primarily to music sector, although other creative sectors are also invited to show their interest and needs to allow the organizers to reinforce their approach and if necessary advocate for the opening for additional funding lines dedicated to the mobility of artists and professionals in all arts sectors. [FULL STORY]