- South African Double Reed Society (oboe, bassoon)
- South African Lower Brass Society (trombone, tuba, euphonium)
- South African Percussion Society
- South African Single Reed Society (saxophone, clarinet)
- Harp Society of South Africa
- South African Horn Society
- South African Viola Society
- South African Flute Society in partnership with the Flute Federation of South Africa (Flufsa)
- Johannesburg Musical Society
- Knysna Music Society
- Cape Town Concert Series
- Musica Mundi
- Friends of Music (Durban)
- Montagu Music Society
- Port Elizabeth Music Society
Music scholarships and bursaries available in South Africa
Bursaries and scholarships that are available independent of universities:
South African Society of Music Teachers (www.sasmt-savmo.org.za)
The SASMT administers the following bursaries and scholarships for music study in South Africa:
- David Reunert Bursary (R1500)
- Ellie Marx Memorial Scholarship for String Instruments (R5000)
- Gladwell Scholarship (R12000)
Various bursaries are available from SAMRO.
SENA’s Southern African Music Bursary scheme covers all levels of full-time local tertiary music study, and falls into four broad categories.
These Bursaries constitute the most substantial awards in music study in the business world of Southern Africa. Bursaries are open to citizens of all the countries within SAMRO’s territory of operation: South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. Applicants should be registered at a South African University or Institute of Technology.
Through its Southern African Music Study Bursaries and its prestigious Overseas Scholarships, awarded for almost five decades, SAMRO Endowment seeks to identify and nurture musical talent, so that it can flourish to the benefit of the South African music industry. Like the Overseas Scholarships, the bursaries are offered in each of the two main musical genres, Western Art Music and Jazz/Popular Music, and are allocated for both undergraduate and postgraduate study.
National Arts Council
A limited amount of funds is available from the National Arts Council.
Unisa Music Foundation:
Unisa South African Music Scholarship Competition
Unisa Overseas Music Scholarship Competition
Unisa Music Foundation
University of South Africa
P O Box 392
Most universities in South Africa offer a number of bursaries and scholarships in different focus areas in the field of music, which are unique to that institution. The universities provide information on these, so check out their respective websites for more information.
Here is an example:
UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL
ARTS & CULTURE TRUST BURSARY
This bursary is awarded to a deserving jazz student at the discretion of the Director of the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music. The amount awarded is variable.
BARBARA AITCHISON VIOLA BURSARY
The Barbara Aitchison Bursary is awarded at the sole discretion of the Academic Co-Ordinators of Music for the benefit of a promising classical viola student who is regarded as a meritorious candidate for such a bursary.
BRUCE HOSKING MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
A limited amount of funds is available from the National Arts Council. Application forms are available in the music office.
CLASSICAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP
This anonymous scholarship is awarded each year to one Western Classical Music undergraduate student. Need and merit is taken into account. Application forms are available in the Music Office.
ELIZABETH ALLEN SCHOLARSHIP FOR MUSIC
This is a post-graduate scholarship exclusively for graduates in Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The scholarship is currently valued at R30 000 for the first year and if required, is renewable for a further year at R20 000. It is for study in the United Kingdom or Europe at an approved institution or with an approved private teacher.
HARP SOCIETY OF SA SCHOLARSHIP
The Harp Society of South Africa Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate BMus student of the harp who has been recommended by the BMus Academic Co-Ordinator. The amount awarded is variable and the closing date for all applications is 31 October of every year.
PAULOS MSIMANGO MEMORIAL FUND SCHOLARSHIP
Grants from the Paulos Msimango Scholarship are awarded each year to undergraduate students who are majoring in African Music and Dance. The fund is administered by the African Music Project. Application forms are available in the Music Office.
PHIL HARBER SCHOLARSHIP FOR JAZZ
The Phil Harber Scholarship is awarded to a jazz student (preferably a saxophone player) by the Board of Trustees of the Phil Harber Scholarship. The amount awarded is variable.
RONNIE MADONSELA SCHOLARSHIP FOR JAZZ
Grants from this scholarship are awarded to any needy jazz students. The amounts awarded are variable. Further information can be obtained from the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music.
NRF GRADUATE AWARDS (Honours, Masters, PhD)
A number of supervisor-linked and other post-graduate scholarships are available. Their availability varies from year to year. Interested students should contact Professor Christopher Ballantine.
VIC ELLIS SCHOLARSHIP FOR JAZZ GUITAR
in honour of the memory of the late guitarist, composer Vic Ellis. The scholarship is currently valued at R10 000.