Nominations Open For New ImpACT Awards

JOHANNESBURG – The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Awards are held annually in recognition and celebration of excellence in South African arts, culture and creativity.

Four ImpACT Awards for Young Professionals, sponsored by the Distell Foundation, will be awarded to talented and emerging artists at a time in their careers when they have shown commitment to, and reached some professional standing in their chosen discipline. These prestigious Awards honour young professional artists that fall within the first three years of their professional careers.

“The Distell Foundation is proud to be involved with the ImpACT Awards for Young Professionals and we hope by giving support to young artists through these awards; it will build artistic talent and enhance excellence in the sector,” says Irma Albers, Arts and Culture Controller of Distell Foundation.

Awards will be presented in four broad arts categories with selected disciplines being eligible for consideration in each. The categories are:

The ImpACT Award for Visual Art Artists working in the mediums of Fine Art, Sculpting, Public Installations and Photography are eligible for nomination.

The ImpACT Award for Theatre Artists practising the disciplines of Dance, Acting, Musical Theatre and Physical Theatre are eligible for nomination.

The ImpACT Award for Music & Singing Classical, Contemporary and Jazz musicians and singers are eligible for nomination.

The ImpACT Award for Design Artists working in the areas of Craft, Fashion Design, Graphic Design and Web Design are eligible for nomination.

Winners of the ImpACT Awards for Young Professionals are selected by an independent panel of judges. Awards will only be presented if a satisfactory number of quality nominations are received in the various categories and the adjudication panel reserves the right to carry over such awards to the following year.

A salient element of the ACT Awards is the presentation of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement awards. A Lifetime Achievement Award for Visual Arts sponsored by the Vodacom Foundation, a Lifetime Achievement Award for Music sponsored by SAMRO and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Theatre sponsored by DALRO will be presented. Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are selected at the discretion of the ACT Board of Trustees.

Presented by the Vodacom Foundation, the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO), the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) and supported by the Distell Foundation, Classicfeel Magazine and Business and Arts South Africa, the ACT Awards 2010 recipients will be announced at a Luncheon in Johannesburg in October 2010.

The closing date for nominations for the ImpACT Awards for Young Professionals is 15 September 2010.

For more information or to submit a nomination, please go to the DOWNLOADS page on the ACT website at

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier, independent arts and culture funding and development agency.