Call for projects: Music festivals in Africa

During our first call for projects for festivals in Africa in 2018, we supported 10 festivals in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Morocco, DRC, Senegal and Tunisia.

We are renewing the call for music festival projects organised in 2020 in the 16 countries where Orange operates: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Tunisia.
NB: the festivals supported in 2019 will need to submit a new application for 2020. The selection committee for 2020 will also look at the results of the 2019 event.



Submit a project

The projects must be sent in by 1 November 2019: submit your project online.
Provide an outline of your project by filling in the online questionnaire and send the detailed application as an attachment.
The selection committee will meet in mid-December 2019 and will announce the results before the end of the month.


Selection criteria

1/ The festival must have been running for at least two years
2/ There must be a minimum of 5 concerts scheduled

Artistic criteria
Repertoire: world music, jazz, hip hop, rap, chanson, etc.
Artistic orientation that values the country’s musical tradition and is open to contemporary creation (meeting and/or fusion of traditional and current music styles)
Scheduling of young talented singers and instrumentalists from Africa
Professional artists or artists on their way to becoming professionals

National and/or international scope
Targeting a wide audience (at least 1000 people)
Offering solidarity and/or educational actions for the audience

Realistic and balanced budget
Explain the benefits of Orange Foundation over that of other partners.
The maximum contribution from the Orange Foundation is 25% of the overall budget, capped at €15,000.

Visibility and promotion
Ability to promote the festival: website and social media, media partners
Ensure visibility of the Orange Foundation/other partners.

Type of partnership
The partnership with the Orange Foundation provides support mainly for new festivals that have little other support, which in turn support young talented musicians.
Festivals already supported by Orange through sponsoring or marketing partnerships will not be given priority.


Application file

After filling in the online questionnaire, the applicant must then provide us with the following documents:

  1. The structure’s articles of association
  2. A presentation of the festival (date on which the festival started, where it takes place, schedule, audience type and numbers, media partners, etc.)
  3. The artistic programme for 2020 (presentation of artists and musical groups, numbers, musical style, title of songs or album)
  4. The schedule of concerts with dates, places, times, and artists (for each concert, specify confirmed or unconfirmed)
  5. The detailed provisional budget for 2020 (as per the template)
  6. 2019 results (2019 budget as per the template; dates, artists, articles in the press)

Other documents (optional)

  • Extracts from audio or video recordings of the main artists
  • Press reviews
  • For original pieces: extract from song book or sheet music


In 2019, the Orange Foundation decided to extend its musical support worldwide via Orange subsidiaries.
The Foundation launched its first call for musical festival projects in Africa.
In 2019, ten festivals were chosen and supported from among some 75 applications.