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Call for applications: ACCES 2019 showcases

Mar 16, 2019

The Music In Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases (ACCES) invites African musicians based on the continent to apply for an opportunity to showcase at ACCES 2019 in Accra, Ghana, from 14 to 16 November.
ACCES, which is organised by the Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF) in a different African city every year, will offer a robust programme and platforms for performers to showcase their talent to a diverse audience of local and international delegates, including festival curators, promoters, booking agents, record labels and other influential audiences.
Launched in Dakar in 2017, and held in Nairobi in 2018, the event includes training workshops, panel discussions, presentations, live performances, networking sessions, exhibitions and visits to key music industry hubs in the host city.
The deadline for applications is 30 April 2019 (midnight CAT).

Who can apply?
ACCES showcases are meant for emerging musicians who can deliver outstanding live performances and are ready for the international stage. ACCES curators are also looking for musicians who will genuinely benefit from the opportunity. As this event is happening in Ghana, emphasis will also be on local bands with a view to showcase the best in Ghanaian live music.

  • This call is open to African musicians (solo artists, bands, DJs etc.) based on the continent.
  • All genres are welcome.
  • All participants must be over 18 years old.
  • All applications must be based on live performances. No backing tracks.
  • Performances supporting political parties or religious faith will not be permissible.
  • Applicants should be prepared to be available for the duration of ACCES and to perform on any of the dates (14-16 November 2019).

Support from ACCES

  • Performers will receive a modest honorarium.
  • Performers will be provided with local transport (related to the performance).
  • Performers from outside Accra will be provided accommodation (related to the performance).
  • Performers from outside Accra will receive a per diem.
  • VISA costs will be reimbursed against receipts.
  • Performers will be granted full-access passes to ACCES activities. 
  • Performers will be promoted across Music In Africa and ACCES platforms (programme, newsletters, press releases, website, social media).
  • ACCES will provide regular sound and lights plus basic shared backline.
  • Media exposure.
  • ACCES will provide tools for the performers and their reps to get in touch with new contacts and audiences, as well as B2B meetings.

NB: Musicians based outside Accra should be prepared to provide own funding for transport costs to and from Accra. The Music In Africa Foundation will strive to support musicians to apply for funding from available networks and partners but cannot guarantee that this will be successful, so please be sure that you are prepared for this before you apply.

How to apply? 
Please note that your application is based on your Music In Africa profile. Here is an example of a profile:
Your profile should have the following: 

  1. Clear biography.
  2. At least three latest song releases.
  3. At least one video performance.
  4. At least two high-resolution promotional photos.
  5. Social media links.

Steps to apply

  • Read the call for applications carefully.
  • Create (if you haven’t already) a profile on the Music in Africa Artist & Industry section using this link: Make sure that your profile is up to date, as this is the profile that the curation committee will review. Your profile must include a clear biography, a minimum of three tracks, one live performance video, two high-resolution promotional photos and social media links.

Please note: you may find your profile already created by a Music in Africa contributor. In that case, you would need to follow the online steps to claim it. Once you have control of your profile, make sure to update the information.

  • Complete and submit the online application form (the link is provided at the end of this call). Two application forms are provided – in English and French. Email applications will not be considered.

Please note: the form will not allow applicants to save and complete later. Before you complete it, make sure you have all the required documents that will need to be attached.
Selection Process
Deadline for applications: 30 April 2019 (midnight CAT)

  • Eligible applications will be reviewed by the ACCES Curation Committee.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by 21 June 2019.
  • Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.
  • Only complete applications will be considered.
  • Only applications submitted via the dedicated online form will be considered.
  • Late applications will not be considered.

Application forms
Access the ENGLISH application form here.
Access the FRENCH application form here.
For enquiries and information, email