The St. Francis music school has taught at St Francis
since 1982. The De Beers Chairman’s Fund initially
funded it until the year 2002. However, as our own resources
are very limited, we require financial assistance from
without in order to maintain this valuable service to
the local communities.
- As this is mainly a community upliftment programme
and it does not generate much in the form of income
stage, the main reason we require funding, is to
enable us to continue paying salaries to 5 qualified teachers
which includes the project co – ordinator.
Most of them give up their free time on a weekend
the rate they would normally receive for private
tutoring. Most of them are from the UCT music school.
assistant is also required to keep track of attendance,
fees, instrument loans and photocopying etc.
We have recently employed a new co-ordinator and hope
that in the future we can put on more public performances
generate some income from these performances or possibly
create more CDs etc.
However, even if the above is not possible, we feel
that the project will remain a valuable venture we
terminate, simply because of it's lack of self sustainability.
International surveys have proved that by directing
peoples energies and talents into activities such as
temptation and desire for further spreading crime and
violence already so rife in our country, is greatly
- In order to continue offering quality tuition
to the learners, funding is also required for instruments.
cannot afford instruments like pianos, cellos and
From time to time instruments need repair, tuning
and replacement, or additional instruments need
to be purchased
Without instruments the project could not exist,
no matter how good the training or infrastructure.
- The learners could be given much more exposure an
performing opportunities if it were not for the
fact that most of
them do not have easy access to transport, while
many also lake the means to pay for such transport.
For this reason
it would be very good to have a vehicle of our
own which could be made available for the music project
needs. On our own we can not afford this and
therefore appreciate financial assistance in
acquiring a secondhand
vehicle (ideally a Kombi or minibus). This would
enable us to more freely move various members
of the music project around for public performances etc.
The above is probably the only form of income that
can be generated from a project such as the music
project. The marimba band is well known and often
functions etc. However, until now this option
has found little success, mainly as a result of the
This is a real shame as the training has been
very successful over the years, providing learners
the ability to
perform in classical, jazz, african and voice.
Training for the above styles have been provided
both in theory
and practical, as well as general performance