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Unforgettable Night of Music and Impact: Bridges for Music and ULTRA South Africa Gala 2024

Transformative Music, Inspiring Conversations, and Lasting Relationships

On Thursday, February 29, 2024, Cape Town’s iconic venue, the LOOKOUT, is set to host an unforgettable evening, curated by Bridges for Music and ULTRA South Africa. The gala, hosted by the charismatic Maps Maponyane, promises captivating performances, engaging conversations, and inspiring testimonials. This annual event is more than just a night of celebration; it is dedicated to forging meaningful relationships that collectively transform and upskill music development in underserved communities.

Setting the Stage: Music Upliftment Beyond Boundaries

In a groundbreaking partnership, Bridges for Music and ULTRA South Africa have consistently pushed the boundaries in music upliftment. Over the past nine years, this annual event has raised funds to provide free skill development to over 200 students per year at the pioneering Bridges Academy in Langa, a beacon of creative education on the continent. In 2023 alone, the gala and fundraising campaign raised an impressive R1.2 million.

Valentino Barriosseta, the Founder and CEO of Bridges for Music, emphasizes the significance of the event: “This gala represents the ultimate culture of dance music, collaboration, and communion through music. For nine years now, Ultra has provided a platform for the music industry to unite, not only to party but also to raise funds to develop grassroots talent and build bridges into the creative economy.”


The Bridges Academy: Pioneering Music Education for Empowerment

At the heart of this initiative is the Bridges Academy, a pioneering institution providing music education and mentorship to disadvantaged communities. Offering comprehensive training programs, access to resources, and collaboration opportunities, the academy uplifts and empowers aspiring musicians, producers, and DJs, enabling them to reach their full potential.

The gala and auctions serve as vital fundraising avenues, allowing Bridges for Music to expand its programs and offer even greater support to underserved communities. Generous contributions from gala attendees underscore a shared belief in the power of music to create positive change and transform lives.

Uniting Music Industry Friends and Advocates

Since 2013, Bridges for Music has empowered young, underserved talent, fostering connections between local and international music industries. This special night brings together music industry friends and social impact advocates, with past guests including luminaries like Siya Kolisi, Skrillex, Msaki, Maps Maponyane, and many more.

Expect surprise performances by industry stalwarts and attendance by the “who’s who” in the music industry, including ULTRA Worldwide performing artists. A very special performance by Msaki adds an extra layer of excitement to the evening.


A Night of Celebration and Impact: The Gala Dinner and Auction

The Gala Dinner and Auction provide a platform to showcase and celebrate Bridges for Music’s ongoing work while raising funds for deserving young creatives in South Africa. ULTRA South Africa takes pride in once again partnering with Bridges for Music for this impactful event.

Bridges for Music remains steadfast in its mission to foster an inclusive, diverse, and accessible music industry. By leveraging the power of music, the organization breaks down barriers, builds bridges, and empowers the next generation of talent.

Get Involved: Join the Movement for Positive Change

If you’re passionate about uplifting through the creative and arts industry, Bridges for Music welcomes volunteers, fundraisers, and donors. Connect with them below or contact Amie Elliot ([email protected]) for Gala Table purchases. Be a part of changing lives through music and education. Together, let’s create a harmonious future, one beat at a time.

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