For the past eight years, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTJIF) has provided skills and development training to budding high school musicians, to equip them with the necessary know-how to make it in the music industry.
The Music & Careers workshops are presented by mentors and industry professionals over the course of four weekends. These have been running during the month of February at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Craig Parks, Training and Development spokesperson for CTIJF organiser espAfrika, says the programme is the first of its kind in Africa.
"The Music & Careers workshops started in 2011 and are directed at high school level learners, providing these young musicians with insights into various careers they could pursue within the industry. The workshops offer theory and practical activities that enable students to gain first-hand knowledge from the experts, while at the same time giving them access to work experience on a world-class event."
This year 10 high schools are participating in the initiative – Alexander Sinton High School, Cedar High School, Christel House High School, Eersterivier High School, Groote Schuur High School, Khayelitsha Music School – K.IMAD, Parel Vallei Hoërskool, The Settlers High School, Worcester Senior Secondary and Wynberg Senior Secondary School.