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What is the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe

Background

National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) was created through an Act of Parliament in 1985 and has been ‘Championing’ the promotion and development of the arts sector by providing support, initiating arts programmes and forging partnerships with key stakeholders in the arts and culture sector.

Mandate

Foster, develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and practice of the arts in Zimbabwe by encouraging the teaching and practice of the arts and their presentation, performance, execution and exhibition to the public.

Vision

A beacon of vibrant, professional and sustainable creative arts and cultural industries in Zimbabwe

Mission

To empower communities by providing an enabling environment for the creative industries through partnerships and resources to develop, support and safeguard Zimbabwe’s culture and heritage

Core Values

In pursuit of our vision and mission, NACZ will be guided and uphold the following principles/core values.Creative Diversity Sustainable creative industries are a function of continuous unique innovation. We are a national organisation which recognises the creative mix of the Zimbabwean society.

Unhu/Ubuntu

In carrying out our mandate, NACZ will affirm and observe the principles of humanity, care and respect in line with our African culture

Creative Diversity

Sustainable creative industries are a function of continuous unique innovation. NACZ are a national organisation which recognises the creative mix of the Zimbabwean society.

Stakeholder Participation

The creative industries comprise many players including producers, promoters and consumers. In the conduct of NACZ business, we will collaborate with these stakeholders.

Entrepreneurship

Creative industries are potentially viable businesses. NACZ will promote their entrepreneurship thrust.

Sustainability

In pursuit of our vision and mission, we will drive investment in creative industries to generate viable incomes and sustainable livelihoods at all levels.

Commitment to excellence

In executing our mandate, we will be guided by best practices and endeavour to provide clients with high quality service at all times.

Integrity

Our execution of duty will always be guided by professionalism, accountability, transparency, honesty and fair play.

Funding for the Arts

One of the major roles of the NACZ is to provide funding for the sector. It is for this reason that
NACZ established the Arts Development Fund (ADF) to assist artists fund their programmes and
projects. Its thrust is on project viability and sustainability. The ADF has three aspects of funding
which are:

Loan Facility

The loan, which is a revolving fund, is administered through a special Board set up by NACZ. Applications are open to individuals or group artists, promoters, producers and arts organisations who meet specified criteria. NACZ determines, from year to year, amounts allocated per each art discipline. A selection panel of NACZ Board sit to determine deserving artists.

Scholarship

This grant is intended to benefit talented young Zimbabweans who have been or can be admitted to post secondary training in Zimbabwe to pursue arts and culture related subjects. The grant is aimed at professionalising the arts.

Grants

These grants are disbursed to registered arts organisations for administrative purposes. Grants for other projects or programmes are also considered under this facility. Such projects should have an overspill effect in the arts sector.