Project Description

IMAD, the acronym for Institute for Music and Indigenous Arts Development, is a non-profit organization operating in disadvantaged areas in and around Cape Town that makes music education accessible to young people. Founded in 2007, IMAD teaches children to play a variety of instruments and how to sing in choirs, with a primary focus on the Indigenous Cape Jazz genre. Music isn’t on the curriculum at many schools in the developing areas of Cape Town. IMAD presents young musicians with the opportunity to develop a talent that will ultimately contribute to their futures. The organization provides a meaningful alternative to gangsterism, drugs, and other harmful occupations in the townships by nurturing individuals’ skills. This encouragement and support will help them to become successful professional musicians. With over 200 students and 20 teachers, IMAD provides employment and builds communities, while making music.

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