Cultural Infrastructure Development
Investing in developing creative economy infrastructure that ultimately helps create jobs
Investing in cultural infrastructure
A central factor of SoundThread’s work is to contribute towards the development of cultural infrastructure in emerging creative economies. Aside from building small but productive recording studios in sub-Saharan Africa, we’ve expanded our reach to the live events sector as its here we’ve observed the largest social impact can be made.
Through funding from Hivos and British Council we hosted 12 Tanzanians in the UK who were placed at various creative industry businesses. This is driven by an exponential rise in interest and attendance in live music and high events production values, which is unfortunately lacking as an endemic problem throughout the region. These placements have equipped project participants with the experience and confidence to apply their newly acquired skills back in East Africa.
Building Pro Audio in Sub-Saharan Africa
Our offer towards a high impact solution is to create a local manufacturing infrastructure – Training local engineers, especially women professionals, in Tanzania to build high quality, affordable sound systems and establishing sustainable business models. This maximise on opportunities for aspiring professionals within potential high-growth creative economies for the events production sectors serving fashion, art, design, drama and music industries.