This year sees the Field Band Foundation’s 20th anniversary, celebrating the Foundation’s highly positive impact and far developmental reach, while highlighting our readiness for the next era.

This readiness is called the FBF Fit for Purpose (F4P) journey. It uses lessons learned over two decades that allow the Foundation to make a step-change in priorities and operations for greater developmental effect, and deeper organisational sustainability.

We will share developmental learnings for others to benefit, and we celebrate the Foundation being a unique joint effort of partners across the South African private and public sectors, and abroad.

The Foundation’s F4P year is carried through training programme in themes of Belonging, Commitment, Joy, and Opportunity.

 Key company facts

  • The Field Band Foundation (FBF) (, a non-profit company, was established in 1997 to bring the global performance band concept to disadvantaged areas of South Africa and to develop a uniquely indigenous variant of this performance type.
  • The Foundation is 20 years-old; the head office is in Rivonia, Johannesburg. Directors are Brian Gibson (chairman), Nicky du Plessis (CEO), Frans Baleni, Thando Buthelezi, Justice Neels Claassen, Willie Erasmus, Karen Krakowitzer, Obakeng Lekabe, George Lindeque, Nonceba Lushaba, Simon Mantell, Joe Matsau, Simon Skafu and Gabu Tugwana.
  • Through FBF activities, young people are taught such lifeskills as commitment, competitiveness, teamwork, discipline and timekeeping. The advantages of heightened self-esteem and associated self-confidence are inculcated.
  • The Foundation has 44 Field Bands, each able to accommodate 140 members, aged seven to 21 years, in seven provinces.
  • Our annual operating cost is approximately R22 million.
  • Band membership is free, but carries strictly enforced responsibilities.
  • While teaching music, movement and dance is the core of the Foundation’s activities, band members also receive:
    • HIV and Aids peer education
    • General education in social development
    • Specific lifeskills training.
  • Interaction between children from different racial, linguistic and cultural groups, and cross-regionally, happens through regional and national competitions, and through advanced training workshops.
  • The Foundation, in collaboration with counterparts in Norway and the US, runs an exchange programme for deserving students. Various tertiary bursaries are also offered to deserving students.   The Foundation also strives to prepare its members for the world of work, and employment is also offered within the Foundation when possible.
  • The Foundation is primarily funded through South African corporate support, as well as from the public sector (Department of Arts & Culture), and through international support from longstanding partners in Europe and the US.