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INDEPENDENT MUSIC EXPORTERS SOUTH AFRICA: IMEXSA is is proud to offer its export-ready musicians, managers and company representatives export ready training and showcase opportunities: A moving trailer of hope, lead by passion to change lives and make dreams come true, this right here is a movement challenging perceptions of what it takes to be a successful independent musician in South Africa. 


SA Indies Music Week Frequently Asked Questions

Who is allowed to showcase at the SA Indies Music Week? 
To showcase at the SA Indies Music week an artist must first have submitted an application following a call for submission. They must then have been selected to be on the preliminary list of artist to showcase. Following that list, to confirm their spot they must sell a minimum of ten (10) tickets for the event. They must also sign the performance agreement and be available to do a sound check.

How much time is allocated to performers?  
Each artist is allocated 5 minutes or one song. If an artist sells more than 50 tickets, they will then be allocated 10minutes or two songs. Artists that sell 100 or more tickets will be allocated 15 minutes or three songs.

Do I get paid for showcasing? 
No. There is no performance fee. Performance is voluntary.

Can I perform without doing a sound check? 
No. An artist will not be allowed to perform if they didn’t do a sound check.

 I’m an established artist, why must I still audition at the SA Indies Music Week? 
This is not an audition but is to showcase your music to festival selectors who will be in the country. They each have their own requirements and seeing you live in action will help them know whether you are suitable for their event or not. These events are global events and so while a band might be established locally, they may be totally unknown on the global scale.

Will you be providing artists with accommodation? 
No. All artists must provide their own accommodation.

Will food be provided to artists? 
No food will be provided. All artists must provide their own meals. The venue where showcases take place has various well known food outlets.

Will transport be provided to artists? 
No. All artists must provide their own to and from the venue.

If I’m selected for an international showcase, will all my costs be covered?
If you are selected, you will, subject to funding availability, be subsidized to showcase at one of the international festival slots. The subsidy will only cover flight tickets, airport transfer and accommodation for up to FOUR (4) group members also depending on how many members were a part of the showcase performance at the SA Indies Music Week. So in other words, if 5 or more people are part of the performance, only 4 will be subsidized. If only 2 people were part of a performance, only two will be subsidized, and so forth. Selected bands will have to cater for their own visa costs, travel insurance costs and meals.

 Will my whole band be taken to the festival if I’m selected? 
No. The subsidy depends on how many people performed at the SA Indies Music Week and has up to a limit of FOUR (4) group members. So in other words, if 5 or more people are part of the performance, only 4 will be subsidized. If only 2 people are part of a performance, only two will be subsidized, if three (3) are part of a performance, all three will be subsidized, and so forth.


Showcase Submission:

The showcase at the SA Indies Music Week is the showpiece of the entire program, with an international trade fair selection committee and live performance on stage. This will make a truly memorable event for everyone involved. It will be a Five days event, where in the evening selected artists will perform in front of local and international music specialists and during the first four days there will also be a rolling program of master classes and workshops about the future of music industry. During these workshops, industry professionals and artists will have special mentor sessions and also question and answer sessions.

Previous Editions: 


In previous editions of the SA Indies Music Week, over 30 bands were selected from all over the country to come battle it out at the finals event in Johannesburg. For some, it paid off as they got selected to go and perform at Primavera in Spain, Africa Festival in Germany, Womex in Spain, CMJ in New York, SXSW in Austin Texas (USA) and Midem in France. This is and has always been subject to funding availability, hence being selected doesn’t mean an automatic international travel. However IMEXSA will work around the clock to try and secure funds for these events. Based on IMEXSA’s track record, almost every band ever selected got given an international performance slot. It’s important to also note that these are non-paying performances as they are showcases, aimed at giving an artist a platform to perform in front of music executives and fans from an average of over 70 countries at each event. 

Our Support:

IMEXSA generally covers flights, ground transportation, accommodation, staging and sound equipment, conference registration and daily breakfast for the artists. VISA fee, travel insurance and any other costs are for the artists account. A small price to pay given the enormous opportunities an international performance slot can give.

The time has now come for selections for 2017/18 round of international festivals and the journey starts with a simple showcase or submission for consideration. For inquiries please contact Imexsa on:submissions@imexsa.org.za