Friends Cultural Charity

Friends of the Cape Town Academy of Music


(Registered cultural charity NPO #077942)

Mission: Promoting musical excellence through education, performance and festival events.

Specific Aims:
  • To host concerts, workshops, master classes, competitions and other educational events for aspiring young musicians to further their education and gain valuable experience from established musicians and teachers for the purpose of improving lives and fostering culture.
  • The hosting and staging of the Cape Town International Guitar Festival and Avril Kinsey Classical Guitar Competition.
  • To secure financial resources to provide bursaries and scholarships for talented and needy students to study music part time or full time (certificate courses and diplomas) at the Cape Town Academy of Music.
  • To encourage careers in music through musical entrepreneurship courses.
  • To attract international music students to Cape Town for specialised musical training and African-inspired composition classes.


Formally constituted as a non profit voluntary organisation in December 2009 with a governing board and office bearing committee of 4 persons in 4 portfolios, namely Chairperson, Co-chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer. We obtain the assistance of volunteers for the hands on event work. Previous helpers have included students and parents of CTAM, AFDA students and voluntary community members.

Board and Advisory Board:

Steven Felmore (Chairperson),  Avril Kinsey (Programme and Project Director), Ann Coltham BSoc Sci (Nigel Bailey Consulting), Paul Gouws (Penfin Chartered Accountants), Dr Hendrik Hofmeyr (Associate Professor of Music and Head of Composition, UCT), Guthrie and Colananni Attorneys.

Major achievements:

The first-ever Cape Town International Guitar Festival and Avril Kinsey Classical Guitar Competition was an enormous success. It was hosted at the historic wine farm of Groot Constantia where it attracted musicians and teachers from as far afield as the USA, the Far East, Spain and the Netherlands with many students and guests from all over South Africa.  There were over 60 entrants in the Avril Kinsey Classical Guitar Competition which offered over R75,000. worth of prizes.

Major Sponsors:

The South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) sponsors FCTAM annually to support music students at the Cape Town Academy of Music to do Trinity College London, and the Royal Schools of Music exams.

FCTAM has been sponsored by ACT, BASA, SA Classical Guitar Society, Ackermans, Hannabach Strings, Bothners, Soundworks, PCAP, Penfin Accounting and the NAC as well as private donors. See the sponsors page for a full list.

To Donate or Sponsor:

We welcome any donation, small or large. It will help make a special cultural, musical and significant difference in the life of a young person, who would not ordinarily be able to afford music career training with life skills, entrepreneurship skills and business skills, besides becoming the best musician they can.

We also have 4 tiers for major donations over R1,000. or $100. and these levels receive tickets to Premier events such as the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Concerts, Artscape Premier events, and special Artist Meet events at exquisite Cape wine farm luncheons such as Boschendal, La Motte and others.

  • Bronze: R1000. to R10,000.
    (includes membership to a special event with the CPO orchestra)

  • Silver: R10,000. to R50,000.
    (includes membership to a special event with the CPO orchestra, to a Artscape  Premier event and to a Meet the Artist Event at a famous Cape Wine Farm such as La Motte or Boschendal)

  • Gold: R50,000. to R100,000.
    (includes membership to 2 special events with the CPO, two Premier events at Artscape, and for two Meet the Artist Events at two different Cape Wine Farms)

  • Platinum: R100,000. or more
    (includes membership to attend 5 concerts of either the CPO and/or Artscape productions and two Meet the Artist Events at 2 different Cape Wine Farms, as well as a special engraved copper plate for their company or family.

All memberships receive their logo and details on our website/s should they be interested.

Bank Details:
Standard Bank
Branch: Fish Hoek Main Rd
Friends of the Cape Town Academy of Music (NPO 077942)
Account No: 374231133
Ref: Your name

or donate now and receive your complimentary membership and benefit tickets today

Thank you! Donating to Friends of the Cape Town Academy of Music (CTAMUSIC) means you become part of our programme of sponsoring and nurturing musical talent to study for a serious career in music. Our Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze tier donations receive privileges as outlined above. The minimum donation is $25. or kindly specify your own amount. Please indicate Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum in the instruction box provided for the following amounts: Bronze: $100 to $1,000. Silver: $1,000. to $5,000. Gold: $5,000. to $10,000. and Platinum: $10,000. and more. Your donation may be made in ZAR equivalent, but is processed in US dollars because it is secure through our Paypal encrypted service. All donations receive acknowledgment of their membership on the same day as the donation is received.
Price: $25.00
ZAR R275.00
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