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Music Open Call

Confluences: An open call for musicians


Pro Helvetia Johannesburg launches an open call for the co-creation of new work between musicians based in the region and Switzerland.

The Confluences call looks to enable shared space for collaboration, creation, and documentation of new work between musicians who have an existing creative relationship.

The call provides an opportunity to breathe new life into fragments, sketches, first ideas and unrealised synergies and possibilities generated through encounters between artists from these very different worlds over the past years. These may have been in the context of Pro Helvetia supported research trips, residencies and tours or through entirely independent initiative.

Grants of up to CHF 10’000 are available to support the writing/development process, studio time, as well as mobility and associated expenses specific to each submission.

Applications can be submitted by individual musicians, bands, and collectives.

We are looking for applications from musicians in Switzerland, and the region supported by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, where there is significant evidence of meaningful and existing collaborative relationship.

This call is not seeking to enable new connections and relationships. Established mechanisms through research trips and residency calls which facilitate these possibilities are available through Pro Helvetia and can be accessed here.

Confluences provides an opportunity to amplify the richness of collaboration between musicians in Switzerland and in the regions [countries listed below] addressed by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, supporting connection, curiosity and innovation.

Countries within the regions supported by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg:

Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Cameroon, Kenya, Comoros, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Zambia, Sao Tome and Préncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Chad, Uganda, Central African Republic, Zimbabwe.


  • A precise and credible history/relationship between the proposed collaborators
  • Strength of concept and artistic rationale/basis for proposed collaboration
  • Professional track record of collaborators
  • Clarity and precision of the proposed budget and plan


  • Applications should involve at least one Swiss musician working with at least one musician from the regions addressed by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg (Southern, East, Central and West Africa); musicians included in the application should have an active presence in either the Swiss or regional music scene
  • Applications can be made by musicians, bands or music collectives based in either context
  • Project activities and outputs should be located clearly in the music discipline. Outputs in other disciplines like theatre, live arts or visual arts are not eligible
  • Retrospective projects are not eligible for support
  • Projects should be realised between December 2022 and the end of November 2023
  • Costs associated with the writing/composition/development phase of new work, mobility, and documentation [recording, studio time, production related costs] would be considered
  • While presentation of work is not excluded, these aspects are not normally covered by this grant
  • We are not able to cover institutional salaries or the operating costs of organisations. Coordination and administration costs should not exceed 10% of the requested budget
  • Projects which are part of a school or university curriculum/basic training, or continuing education programme (including dissertations, diploma projects, university scholarships, etc.) will not be supported

Application Procedure: 

  • The call is open until midnight on 10 October 2022 (GMT+2)
  • Applications should be in English and submitted through our online portal myprohelvetia.ch

Your online submission should include: 

  • A concept note, of not more than 4 000 characters, summarising the key dimensions of the project, background to the collaboration, and the anticipated outcome
  • An indicative timeline and budget
  • Please use this downloadable Applicant Budget Template. If your application is successful, this template can also be used for reporting
  • Information about the professional track record of the applicant, and any other individual or organisational partners involved
  • A statement of intent should be included for all participating musicians, unless the ensemble is an already formed group.

For inquiries, please email johannesburg@prohelvetia.org.za

[Image: Dokta Spizee and DJ Bone Black working together in Johannesburg, 2020 during the Shap Shap “Africa, What’s Up?” residency ahead of Antigel festival.]

Upcoming maintenance work

The application portal myprohelvetia will be updated from 1.1.-7.1.2024. Due to these changes, open applications must be finalized and submitted via the current online portal (myprohelvetia.ch) by the latest 23:59 on 31 December 2023. Until this date, the deadlines and criteria outlined in the current guidelines and calls for applications apply. New applications can be created and submitted in the application portal as of 8 January 2024.