7 January 2019
We are about to launch a new scholarship program at the newly opened SAE Johannesburg! Applications opening soon. 
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3 January 2019
The Bridges For Music scholarship program has been running since 2014 as a means of providing short part-time, as well as full-time educational scholarships for young creatives. 
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2 January 2019
Bridges For Music first creative school has been built in the township of Langa in Cape Town (South Africa). A new pioneering learning space which will bring new opportunities for young creatives in the area. Its due to open in 2019.
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10 March 2016
Skrillex landed in South Africa willing to explore new communities, understand their challenges and engage with local artists from those areas. We hosted two workshops with him, Riky Rick and other great local artists in Soweto and Langa townships. 
Photo: Paul Ward 
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We had a quick chat with one of our 2018 SAE Institute South Africa scholarship recipients - Thina Sonya!

1. What has been a highlight of the course?

Meeting other foreign individuals who were as aspirant as I, but how we all used each of our individual’s strengths to further mould each other’s ideas throughout the course.

2. How has the course furthered your career as a creative?

Considering that I am more of a creative than anything else, the course has made me much more business orientated. Which is amazing because it has provoked an entrepreneurial spirit within my creative process which may prove lucrative to my future.

3. What was the most important lesson you learnt from the course?

I've learnt that every idea can be turned into an opportunity and be monetised. This might have been the most important lesson or experience learnt for me personally.

For more on our scholarships click here. 

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Some music industry friends and partners cycled from Berlin to Amsterdam arriving at ADE ( Amsterdam Dance Event) to raise funds for the Bridges Academy in Langa (South Africa). This ride was powered by Pioneer DJ and with the great support of Awakenings festival among many other friends in the industry. Thanks to all the brave riders who rode 650km ! 
Yes you've read well! We are cycling from Lake Tahoe to Black Rock City on Sunday 26th of August to raise funds for a new age school we are building in the township of Langa in Cape Town (South Africa).
We all talk about how Burning Man changed our lives, now, we want to spread that belief and inspire other communities by providing new age education opportunities for local artists,  inspired by the Burning Man culture and community. The school and its curriculum will have a strong focus on art, music, creative thinking, mindfulness and more importantly human values.  
We are in the last phase of construction and we believe with the help of the Burner community we will reach our goal and open its door by early 2019. 
This cycle is for riders with some level of training, 248km ain't a joke, but its doable if you put some training in. The challenge is lead by Isra Garcia, an ultra-endurance athlete, public speaker and digital media specialist who has also completed the Ride2Afrika Burn challenge and did a triathlon into Burning Man few years ago. He will provide the right training program if you need one and will be available for any doubts. 
Riders have to bring their own bikes to the meeting point in Lake Tahoe. 
The sign up fee will include supplements, support vehicle, drinks, a special welcome at the playa and a special Burning Man Quest Cycle Jersey. 
If you are you up to the challenge and want to make a difference on your way to Burning Man please contact
We will be thrilled to make this happen with you! 
CURIO, a concept night by BEC, will host a Berlin fundraiser at ipse club on Thursday 12th April 2018 and featuring Dubfire, Alex Niggerman, Themba and Floyd Lavine.
The idea for the fundraiser in Berlin was born when, during a visit to Cape Town last December, BEC was given a guided tour of Langa. The academy’s ethos and vision resonated with her and made her realise the different ways in which electronic music can bea universal language that  breaks down socio-economic boundaries and brings people together. Back home in Berlin, BEC created the event with ipse, including a stellar lineup with Dubfire, Alex Niggemann and Stephan Hinz. The event will not only raise awareness and provide a platform for the message to be shared, but it will also to raise funds for BFM’s new music school.
South African rising star Themba will be travelling from Johannesburg in order to participate in the fundraiser event. Themba recently participated in a workshop led by Dubfire at the Bridges For Music Academy in Cape Town, so the Berlin fundraiser will see them reconnect.
"I'm involved in BFM because I come from a country where "Hope" is our biggest commodity. Hope for a better life and a better tomorrow. I've seen how my music has impacted my life and the life of others and I am confident that with what BFM stands for and wants to achieve, we can give hope to the youth of South Africa and inspire them to take their futures in their own hands.

Dubfire, one of the most renowned and influential names in techno, and ex half of Deep Dish will headline the event right after his last tour in South Africa with Bridges for Music where he participated in a talk with local icon Themba at the BFM academy.  
““This past February I was fortunate enough to spend some time in Langa Township visiting the soon to be unveiled Bridges for Music Academy, which will not only provide an outlet for underprivileged, yet incredibly talented, budding musicians to explore their creativity, but teach the business and entrepreneurial skills necessary to succeed in todays rapidly evolving entertainment industry. As an ambassador for BFM, I will be directly involved with the academy and thrilled to be included in the fundraising event hosted by CURIO in Berlin on April 12 at IPSE. All proceeds will go towards construction costs as well as purchasing the much-needed equipment. Please join me in supporting their worthy cause.” Quote from Dubfire
Stephan Hinz will also play the fundraiser. “Sometimes we think it wouldn’t make a difference if we stop doing this or start doing that. But that’s wrong, it does make a difference and might inspire others to do the same. When I got asked there was no doubt I wanted to be a part of Bridges For Music. It’s both a big pleasure and privilege to help others to achieve their dreams. If I can help just the tiniest bit, it will make a difference.“ - Quote from Stephan Hinz
Alex Niggemann also supports the cause and was more than ready to jump on board. “When I was asked to play the Bridges For Music event alongside Dubfire I immediately said yes. I love the fact that they are helping those less fortunate that us - and it’s especially nice that the event is in my home town so I can encourage my friends to participate in this great cause”
Floyd Lavine and Minco (from his from his concept RISE), along with Binto & Henny will complete the lineup.