11 April 2016
Executive Assistant / NPO Administrator
 
Are you willing to join a dynamic team passionate to make a difference? Would you like to learn more about the music and NPO industry while growing your network  ? Ready to live inspiring moments and grow professional and personally?
Yes all this sounds fancy, but are you also ready work hard, take leadership in certain projects and become a driving force for the organization?
 
Bridges for Music is an NPO organization using the power of music to create positive change in the world. We work with festivals, artists and other brands in the music space to generate funding and develop educational projects that spark social change in underprivileged communities.
 
Typical work activities
  • Managing/co-ordinating diaries of directors when needed. 
  • Support administration of marketing and public relations to raise the profile of the organisation's services and campaign.
  • Assist in the creation of fundraising materials such as leaflets and flyers, branding for our events, and marketing collateral such as events newsletters.
  • Assist in the creation and organisation of fundraising initiatives and events; we are open to new fundraising ideas!
  • Supporting/assisting DM and Fundraising person in research of potential donors – both corporate and individual, approaching donors and maintaining donor lists
  • Assist with preparation of powerpoint presentations, market researchs or budgets in excel.
  •  Supporting and coordinating our CRM (Customer/Donor relationship management) with periodic newsletters, etc.
  • Administrative tasks such as assisting with the application for grants and other sources of funding, managing budgets, gathering data, preparing reports, database management and clerical work to meet the charity's needs.
  • Helping with the digital marketing. Scheduling social media posts, creating new content and spreading it through the web.
  • Assist during fundraising events and shows.
To be considered for this role you must be passionate for music and social work. Good team ethic, communication and organisational skills are essential.  Some marketing experience and a good knowledge of social media are an advantage.
Please apply with a Word Document copy of your CV and a covering letter to connect@bridgesformusic.org 
10 March 2016
On Thursday 25th February and Saturday 27th February we hosted two more workshops in South Africa to facilitate knowledge transfer and inspire positive change through music and education.
 
On his second visit to South Africa, this time to play the Ultra Music Festival, recent Grammy award winner Skrillex headlined the workshops and took time to meet and engage with local artists in underprivileged communities. The event was proudly presented by G-Star RAW as part of their project to support upcoming talent and promote educational initiatives in the creative space. 
 
The first workshop took place in Kliptown, Soweto, South Africa’s biggest township in Johannesburg. It was hosted at the Soweto Kliptown Youth Centre (Sky) which serves as a safe haven, housing 40 kids and feeding over 200 children a day from the community.
This space has been run for 30 years by Bob Nameng who maintains the belief that ‘music is here to destroy boundaries’.
 
Skrillex was joined on the couch by South African Hip Hop star Riky Rick for an engaging interview that explored each artists’ journey as well as offering advice on how to operate in the creative industry and what it takes to achieve one’s dreams through self belief, hard work and determination. 
 
The proceedings were kicked off by Euphonik (one of South Africa’s biggest club / radio DJ’s) and DJ Lag (the king of a new style of South African house music called Gqom) and ended with an impromptu DJ set from Skrillex plus an explosive performance from rapper, Riky Rick. A highlight of the workshop was an on-the-spot decision by Ultra to invite all workshop attendees to the festival which received a large cheer as Skrillex announced the news.
 
Our second workshop took place in Cape Town at the T'soga Centre in the Langa Township.
This location has just been taken over by Bridges for Music to build our Music and Entrepreneurial school, a project that we are currently funding through various campaigns globally.
 
The Cape Town workshop featured Cape Town’s biggest hip hop act Driemanskap, prolific D ‘n B DJ/Producer/Promoter Niskerone and local Langa Music Producer DJ Fosta who is also part of the Bridges for Music board. 
 
DJ Fosta met Skrillex during the Dubstep superstar’s first visit to South Africa and ended up playing back-to- back with him at Glastonbury festival a year later.
 
The workshop ended with Skrillex, DJ Fosta and Siphe Fassie - an 18-year-old artist from Langa who has been working with BFM since he was 14, sharing the decks for a fun-filled performance. That evening Siphe was invited to join Skrillex on stage at the Ultra Music Festival, a moment he will never forget. 
 
“Working with Ultra this year and running these workshops has been a defining moment in the evolution of our organization. It is so inspiring to see how Skrillex engages with everyone he meets and takes a genuine interest in their stories and our country.  He has been so supportive of what we are trying to achieve and it was an emotional moment when we showed him the school premises he has helped fund” says Bridges for Music  African Director Trenton Birch.
 
Skrillex has been a Bridges for Music ambassador for several years and has played a vital role in helping to generate funds to build our first Music and Entrepreneurial School.
 
Photo: Beliah Oh
23 February 2016
Following on the massive success of the Bridges for Music stage at Rocking the Daisies in 2015 which is South Africa’s largest multi-genre music festival, often likened to Coachella in the USA, we’re happy to announce that we’re at it again at South Africa’s biggest EMD event of the year – Ultra South Africa.
Bridges for Music will host the Camp Stage for the Cape Town leg of the two-city festival which takes place in both the mother city and Johannesburg simultaneously this weekend. The festival is also now a two-day party in both cities.
The Bridges for Music Camp Stage will feature the finest local talent from Cape Town’s township house music scene, all established and experienced DJs and producers in South Africa.Aside from the international EDM superstars on the main stage and the underground techno and deep house international and local DJs spinning on the Strange Loving Stage the 30,000 + revellers will also have an opportunity to be exposed to some fine South African urban house beats straight 
from townships (economically challenged urban areas).
If the success of the BFM stage at Rocking the Daisies is an indicator, we’re expecting a busy floor all night long with ‘Ultranaughts’ no doubt being lured to the deep groovy beats that these seasoned pros will deliver.
 
Here’s the full line for the Bridges for Music Camp Stage
 
Saturday 27 February
Stage Running Times 14:00 - 22:00 
14:00 - 16:00 - B SOULFUL 
16:00 - 18:00 - MIZZ
18:00 - 20:00 - SCHOLTZ 
20:00 - 22:00 - DILOXCLUSIV 
 
Sunday 28 February 
Stage Running Times: 11:00 - 19:00 
11:00 - 13:00 - LEBZ 
13:00 - 15:00 - RUFUS
15:00 - 17:00 - AUDIOJERK  
17:00 - 19:00 - KINGSIZE