Welcome to BASA Debut Online, an inclusive and accessible platform launching and showcasing young emerging creatives* and their creative business ventures.


The BASA Debut Programme offers young emerging creatives (artpreneurs) skills, funding and training to make a profitable livelihood from their artistic talents.

It aims to contribute to the development and support of creative business ventures through capacity building, skills exchange and knowledge sharing.

The programme is partnered by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture and is supported by Yoco.

Programme overview

JUL 2020
Applications open

Applicants (creatives) were required to send a short 1-minute video of themselves to us over WhatsApp.

1885 /
Applications received
FEB 2021
Phase 1: Kickstarter

425 creatives were selected into the programme from all nine provinces. A total of 358 creatives participated in the WhatsApp online online workshops.

358 /
Creatives participated
JUL - NOV 2021
Phase 2: Hlanganisa

180 artpreneurs were selected from the 385 applicants to continue to phase 2 of the programme.

180 /
Artpreneurs selected
Nov 2021
Debut Online

Launching and showcasing young emerging artists.

120 /
Hlanganisa artpreneurs
Nov 2021

Voting opens to the general public. 18 Provincial winners will be announced in February 2022.

02.2021 /
Winner announced

Unlock more resources for your favourite artpreneur by voting for them!

Why you should vote

Increase an artpreneur’s chances of making it to the next phase.

Show your support for an artpreneur.

Endorse the fact that art is valuable and viable!