1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students
Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization
International Internship Program
About: SAMRO Foundation is the Corporate Social Investment Portfolio of the SAMRO Group of Companies, the Southern Africa equivalent to ASCAP and ASCAP Foundation in the U.S. As a non-profit company, SAMRO Foundation aims to promote the national arts through sponsorships of various kinds, and to encourage excellence in the arts through education, facilitation of economic participation in the creative economy, influencing cultural and arts policies by means of research and advocacy, as well as by promoting living cultural heritage. SAMRO Foundation has one of the largest music archives in Southern Africa, which contains photographs, composer biographies, instruments, newspaper clippings and paintings of well-known composers. The focus of the IIP placement with SAMRO this year is sheet music. Since 1962, SAMRO collected music manuscripts of composers as part of the copyright registration. To date there are over 64,500 music scores across different genres. In addition, there is a large collection of publications of music scores and research journals as well as photographs.
Intern responsibilities: The IIP intern will be work on the digitization project for the archive, particularly the first phase of an online portal which will offer end users access to the archive. This means that, by digitizing the SAMRO Archive, the works will be more easily accessible for musicians, researchers, and the public not only on a local and pan-African level but to the rest of the world as well. The aim for this project is to further increase the awareness, performances and arrangements of Southern African repertoires. Specific responsibilities of the IIP intern will include: contributing to the assessment and calibration of the music archive for efficient systems and end-user accessibility; updating the current music archive database; offering suggestions to improve the digitization process as well as the cataloguing effort; assisting with the development and refinement of the current music archive marketing strategy; and strengthening the SAMRO Music Archive online marketing communication especially the website and social media presence.
Qualifications: Candidates with interests in marketing, communications, music and the creative industries (arts, culture and heritage) are encouraged to apply. Technical skills in IT, project management, research, and/or archival databases would be an asset. Music literacy knowledge and marketing experience would also be an asset.