The CTICC again jumped at the chance to support aspiring young musicians in the corporate social responsibility activities of the 18th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF). Festival organisers, espAfrika, run a series of Music and Career Workshops in February each year as part of its commitment to develop South Africa’s music arts industry.
Ten high schools in the Cape Town region were chosen to participate in the development workshops which are hosted at the CTICC. The young musicians are given intense training in the music business and are taught a variety of skills and disciplines from stage production to live performance and stage technical requirements.
The workshops started in 2010 and have been running for the last seven years. It has grown significantly having started with only three schools.
The CTICC was once again delighted to be a sponsor for the development workshops and it has become a fixture of the centre’s corporate social responsibility programme each year.
“The CTICC is committed to doing what we can to support the growth of South Africa’s young talent. We believe music and art have a critical role to play in our society and by providing this sponsorship we hope to do our part to support future musicians, who we have no doubt will fly the South African flag high across the globe. ” said CTICC Chief Executive Officer, Julie-May Ellingson.
The centre has had a longstanding partnership with the CTIJF.
“The CTICC has become an intricate part of what we do, because it’s the one platform that we use where all the students can attend and we love the venue. They look after us and feed us and their generosity is incredible. But it also gives the students an opportunity to see where the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is going to take place, so with their help and everything that they do in conjunction with us for the Training and Development Music & Careers workshops is appreciated. But I think from their CSI programme, they have made a huge impact on the future, because they all come out of these type of initiatives, so by them making their facility available and free of charge, it allows us to create the next batch of super stars,” said CTIJF Festival Director Billy Domingo.
At the end of the training, star performers from each school were selected for the All Star Band that performed at the CTIJF Free Concert on 29 March. This opportunity gave the young musicians invaluable first-hand experience of a major live performance.