Artist Applications for CollaboNation 2023 Are now closed.

Brought to you by House On Fire, the team behind the MTN Bushfire festival, CollaboNation connects and unites the region through a series of unique music collaborations, supporting the weaving together of Africa’s rich and diverse musical genres and building linkages between cultural industries and networks.

The project offers artists from Eswatini, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique and Zimbabwe the opportunity to collaborate with each other to record original and inspirational songs, in line with the social values of MTN Bushfire.

Collabonation will be a content and artist-driven journey, showcasing the creative and collaborative process of the artists before and during the song’s studio recording. The journey culminates in a live performance by the artists on the internationally celebrated stages at MTN Bushfire 2023, resulting in a complete, professional, music video. Distribution will be handled in partnership with the world-wide distributor Paradise Africa.

The aim is to extend the reach of Southern African artists, exposing them to new audiences, media, promoters and other industry professionals, in order to access new markets and communities while developing artist brands.

CollaboNation will facilitate a range of up-skilling and training opportunities for Eswatini music industry professionals involved in the project, such as record producers, sound engineers, photographers, videographers, fashion designers, graphic designers and other creative professionals, with a focus on youth-led and women-led creative services businesses, as part of House On Fire’s local arts development goals.

Call outs for relevant service providers will be issued in due course.

CollaboNation is funded by the Sound Connects Fund, an initiative by the Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF) and Goethe-Institut. The Sound Connects Fund is made possible with funding from the ACP-EU Culture Programme, a project implemented by the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and funded by the European Union (EU). The Fund is also co-funded by Goethe-Institut and Siemens Stiftung.

Please note that due to the volume of applications, only successful applicants will be contacted.

For artist queries, please email: collabonation@bush-fire.com
For media queries, please email: communications@bush-fire.com

NB: Please see the Outcomes, Timelines and the FAQ’s below

House On Fire will provide:

  • Travel costs for the collaboration
  • Professionally recorded and produced song
  • Professionally recorded and produced music video
  • A distribution contract with Paradise Africa Distribution for the song
  • International flighting of the music video on international TV stations
  • Paid performance at the MTN Bushfire festival, in Eswatini

Artists must be able to travel and be free for recording and performances around the indicated dates:
December 8, 2022 – January 23, 2023: Artist Applications
January 2023 - Artists identified. Please note that only successful applicants will be contacted. If you haven’t been contacted by February 10, 2023, please consider your application this year to be unsuccessful.
March 2023: Studio Recording
May 26-28, 2023: MTN Bushfire Festival
July 2023: Music Video Launch

Applications open 8th December 2022 and close 23rd January 2023.

Established artists 21 years and older who are citizens of the following countries:  Eswatini, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Botswana.

Yes, you need to be an artist who has created a body of independent work, with a track record of published work and performances, an Electronic Press Kit, links to your music and an established following.

Sadly, not at this time. Currently, House On Fire is only accepting applications from artists from the above countries. However, the CollaboNation project will be extended in future years to include more countries.

Yes, CollaboNation applications are open to both individual artists and groups

Each COLLABONATION release is backed by the globe-spanning Paradise Worldwide network. The label and artist team boast over 25 years of experience building up independent artists and releases from across the world. The songs chosen for release via COLLABONATION will receive a Global Industry Standard Independent single song licence agreement in which we will explain the next steps.

Some of the benefits of releasing with COLLABONATION include:

  • Release planning and strategy by Worldwide Team
  • Artwork creation Mastering by COLLABONATION
  • Promotion via COLLABONATION partners (PR, Plugging and Digital Promotion)
  • Access for you and your team to Africa Rising Music Conference
  • DSP Playlist pitching to focus territories
  • Your music will be available on all download stores, streaming, video and monetisation platforms like Beatport, iTunes / Apple Music, Spotify, Traxsource, Deezer, YouTube, etc.
  • We prepare your releases with the industry's metadata standards and codes like ISRCs, UPCs, Grid, etc so you get your revenues!