5 May 2016
Bridges For Music is proud to announce its first school project that will be built in Langa Township in Cape Town, South Africa. This township was home of the legendary singer Brenda Fassie and has a strong musical influence.
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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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19 May 2015
Our scholarship program  offers access to higher education degrees in sound engineering as well as short courses in music production (Ableton live), music business and film. Only people between 16 and 30 years from an underprivileged background and living in South Africa can apply.  
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16 February 2015

Tale of Us land in Africa to support educational projects with Bridges for Music. 

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Salon Sessions bring together like minded people sharing the passion for the creative arts and making the world a better place. 

This event is a fundraiser to support  our music and entrepreneurship academy in the township of Langa, Cape Town, South Africa. 

This will be an intimate gathering of 70 curated guests hosted by Tony & Ximena Cho, Kweku Mandela, Alex Ebert ( Edward Sharpe) and Ben Nehmadi featuring Richie Hawtin, Skrillex, Arthur Baker and more surprise guests. 

There will be a special live performance by Behrouz and friends. Food will be served by our selected group of volunteer artists.

An art auction (both silent and live) curated by Katie Hanson will be available throughout the event.  Special access to a selection of sought after up-and-coming artists and "once in a lifetime" experiences curated by Liz Miller. 

The discussion will include an introduction of Bridges for Music by its Founder Valentino Barrioseta and Board Member Bear Kittay, who will explain its mission to change communities through music, arts and education.  


(Live performances by Behrouz and surprise acts throughout event)

  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Sake tasting and reception curated by Richie Hawtin

  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails served by our volunteer artists

  • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM: Guest sepaker and Bridges for Music introduction

  • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM: Cocktails, music, and dancing

We are honoured to welcome on our US board, a true social alchemist, someone passionate to make a difference working with people, and someone believing in the power of music to change peoples lives. He will surely help scale the impact of BFM and will help take it to another level, adding his knowledge in community building, his network and his experience in so many fields that are close to the core of BFM, including his great expertise from years working at Burning Man as a global ambassador, founding and working with other non profits. Welcome to the family, Bear Kittay. 
We are excited about the future with you.
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Berlin based artists Acid Pauli and Nico Stojan land in South Africa with Bridges for Music for 3 shows and a workshop with local artists. The aim of this tour is discovering the vibrant local scene and engage with local artists in the house scene. 
22 April - Johannesburg in partnership with TOY TOY – Event link >

23 April - Cape Town in partnership with We House Sundays - Under the Tree festival – Event Link -
24 April - Langa Township in partnership with021RecordsLive

Both artists say they are looking forward to exploring the vibrant South African music scene and engaging with local artists, before they head to AfrikaBurn

As part of Bridges for Music program, Acid Pauli and Nico Stojan will be spending some time in studio with a selected group of local artists. If you are keen on sharing your creative ideas with them and work on some music together please apply here:

The SAE Institute and Bridges for Music announce its latest full scholarship in conjunction with another top South African artist – megastar AKA. 2016 Metro FM Best Collaboration and Best Hit single winner, AKA was a logical choice to lend his weight to the latest sound production scholarship, with his successful career inspiring thousands of young South Africans. The scholarship is targeted at young South Africans who, like AKA are committed and determined to achieve success. The SAE Institute in Cape Town is South Africa’s internationally accredited tertiary institution delivering creative media education in sound, film and animation. This latest scholarship is a collaboration between top South African artist AKA, non-profit Bridges for Music and SAE Institute and covers the full year tuition for SAE’s full-time Higher Certificate in Sound Production at the state-of-the-art campus in the heart of Cape Town at the renowned Woodstock Exchange The “AKA Scholarship, powered by Bridges for Music and SAE” creates a brighter future for the successful candidate through the removal of the financial hindrances merged with mentoring sessions, internship opportunities, career guidance and life skills development. AKA has established himself as one of South Africa’s top talents as a multi- award winning musician and producer who understands the importance of creating opportunities such as this scholarship. As he explains further, “It’s a great honour for me to be able to offer a young aspiring musician/producer/engineer an opportunity to equip themselves with the skills needed to begin a career in the industry. I myself studied to be a sound engineer and I still use the same skills I acquired all those years back, in the day to day happenings of my own career. Thank you SAE and Bridges for Music for partnering with me on this awesome initiative. Good luck to the recipient of this scholarship, and see you at the top.” This scholarship is the latest collaboration between Bridges for Music and SAE, and adds to their already robust scholarship program with top artists Ready D, Black Coffee and Young Guru (Jay Z’s engineer and tour DJ) who also presents similar annual scholarships for the Higher Certificate in Sound Engineering. SAE Director, Trenton Birch explains the rationale behind these life-changing scholarships; "We are very excited to partner with AKA and Bridges for Music for this scholarship. AKA is a very talented committed artist who has also studied sound engineering, he has an amazing work ethic and is the perfect person to have as a scholarship patron. Teaming up to provide opportunities for young disadvantaged creatives is incredibly powerful and we are inspired to be able to offer a platform that can truly change lives.” The Higher Certificate in Sound Production provides students with the practical skills necessary to work in the entertainment and music industries. Students learn the technical and creative aspects of the recording process by working on complex projects in various professional studio environments. The course covers all aspects of sound production, studio recording and live sound reinforcement techniques, mixing, mastering, MIDI and modern music creation, music business, studio acoustics and the application of current technology to the music production process. Students also gain expertise in music and business management, marketing, communications, and knowledge of the contemporary ‘infotainment' industry. Every year SAE offers these scholarships to those with Grade 12 certificates and the scholarship covers all fees but not living or travel expenses. The scholarship is for the July 2016 intake and this year there are four scholarships available, all of the details for the scholarships are available on the SAE website, The deadline for applications is April 30th 2016.