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In 2008 Michelle Constant took the position of CEO at Business and Arts South Africa (NPC) – BASA; a public private partnership between the corporate sector and government’s Department of Arts and Culture, with the aim of developing strategic partnerships between the business and arts sectors in South Africa.
Currently BASA is developing sustainable models for arts organisations, through networking, mentorship and consistent dialogue. BASA offers research and resources to its corporate members with the vision of establishing real and equitable relationships between business and the arts in South Africa and the continent. The BASA focus remains on Shared Value as a business opportunity, and Arts Based Initiatives in the corporate sector.
Michelle’s work at BASA has seen her present papers at the World Economic Forum on Arts and Culture in New Orleans, MIDEM in Cannes, the Cultural Diplomacy Conference in Spain, the African Creative Economies (ACE) Conference in Dakar, Senegal and most recently – UNESCO, Paris.
Constant’s work within the South African media and arts sector over the past two decades is well recognised, as a journalist and radio presenter.
She has been a columnist for numerous magazines and other publications, including GQ, the Sunday Times and Empire magazines. She currently writes a monthly column for Wanted Magazine in Business Day, and Classicfeel magazine on the relationship between business and art, and various cultural issues. She is a host of a weekend show The Jet Set Breakfast on national radio station SAfm.
In 2002 Constant was appointed to the music advisory panel for the SA National Arts Council, which she sat on for two years. In 2004 she was awarded Arts and Culture Trust Arts Journalist of the Year. She has served as a judge for the South African Music Awards for over a decade, facilitated various forums and MC’d at diverse events. Most recently she was invited to facilitate the international Rolex Mentor Conversations.
She was a finalist for CEO magazine “SA Most Influential Women in Business and Government: Arts”, was an Ampersand Foundation Fellow in NYC in 2012, and in 2012 was awarded the inaugural Mbokodo Award for Arts and Media. Michelle serves on various Boards in South Africa and internationally, including the Arts Investment Fund internationally and the Origins Centre in Johannesburg. Most recently Michelle graduated cum laude from the University of Pretoria Business School – GIBS, on the Social Entrepreneurship Programme.