The Rainbow Academy is a nonprofit School of Performing Arts and Business that started in June 2010 at Mandela Rhodes Place, Cape Town. The aim of the school is to nurture talent, educate and address youth unemployment in the Performing Arts and Creative Industries. We provide a 1 to 2 year quality arts and business training programme with job placements for talented, disadvantaged youth with matric between the ages of 17-25. Each year 30 students complete a holistic programme of academic, practical and social growth that prepares them for a sustainable and planned career in the arts. Students are provided with practical training as well as academic qualifications in music in addition to short courses in business management, tourism and hospitality. The Rainbow Academy is targeting talented, disadvantaged youth who have completed their secondary education but have no access to further education or employment. There is a great demand for our programme in Cape Town. We plan to expand nationally to help bridge the gap between the current situation of unskilled, unemployed youth and a brighter, empowered future.
For South Africa to acquire a vibrant economy where talented young people are educated and employed in the creative industries.
Our Mission is to powerfully impact and empower youth through education and employment in Arts, Culture and Heritage. We aspire through excellence to promote national pride, the ethos of Ubuntu and leadership within our students to become ambassadors for human rights, dignity and integrity. We envisage a South Africa as a free integrated and creative home for the expression of all our people and cultures.
The Rainbow Academy works with young people between the ages of 17-25 years from disadvantaged communities in the Cape Metropolitan area. Students audition before a panel of experienced industry practitioners for the 30 places.