The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture- AFAC is pleased to announce 21 new grants in the music category as part of its 2017 Music General Grants Program and amounting to $330,000.
The 21 projects were selected by a jurors’ committee that brought together Moroccan founder and director of the Arabesques Festival Habib Dechraoui, Jordanian co-founder and Managing Director of OrangeRed Lama Hazboun and Palestinian musician and composer Ahmad Al Khatib.
The jurors met at the AFAC offices over two days and had an in-depth discussion about the projects they had individually read and evaluated over more than a month. The 21 selected projects (12 individuals and 9 institutions) were chosen from 112 applications received this year during AFAC open call for applications.
Commenting on the process and selection, the jury stated the following:
“Being a jury member at AFAC for the music category is not a title but a function in its own right. It involves taking part in artistic and cultural debate on the Arab region, and in discovering rare pearls that are not yet known to the general public and to whom we should pay special attention given that the spotlight has not yet been shed on them. It is about rediscovering established artists on new adventures, sometimes audacious, sometimes prudent, who try to re-invent themselves with new tools.
To be a jury for AFAC is also to accompany all these geo-political changes in the Arab world but in music. It is to read the notes of a new cultural chapter in these regions which are undergoing changes. This influences the Arab world of tomorrow and keeps an eye on that of yesterday.
We have seen that very few projects came from the Maghreb, to our great regret, because these countries have an extraordinary creative youth. AFAC must be more present in these regions as it is essential to maintain a better equilibrium among applicants. We also noticed that there are few projects that deal with authentic acoustic oriental music. On the other hand, we observed a lot of projects that mix oriental music with other genres.
The Jury would like to thank all the applicants to AFAC’s music grant 2017. Decisions were tough because we had to confront lots of questions and opinions in order to choose the most suitable projects considering originality, variety, geographic distribution, age difference, and gender. Our message to all the applicants including those who were not lucky in this round is to believe in their talent and potential, and to keep this flame alive.”
The next Music call for submissions opens in June 1st, 2018.
To view the 2017 Music Grantees click here