About Us

About The Field Band Foundation

The Field Band Foundation creates opportunities for the development and self- empowerment of young South Africans through participation in music, dance and active citizenship projects.

Appointed CEO of Field Band Foundation in May 2014, Nicky holds a Master’s Degree (Rhodes) and Post-Graduate Diploma (Stellenbosch). Prior to this she was an independent arts consultant for 17 years, specializing in the design and management of cultural development projects, project evaluation and training. Clients included the Nordic Council of Ministers, Sida, Norad, the Swiss Development agency, Africalia and Hivos, for whom she has worked throughout Africa, and various tertiary education institutions in South Africa and Europe. She co-edited The South African Handbook on Arts and Culture in 1998; was a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the South African National Arts Council (2008 – 2010); and the Chair of Art Moves Africa, the only mobility fund for African artists travelling within Africa from 2007 – 2011. She won the Arts Administrator of the Year Award from the Arts and Culture Trust in 2005.

The Foundation’s values were decided upon at the inception of the organisation and have since been regularly reviewed with members to ensure continued relevance and ownership.


These values are: Diversity, Excellence, Discipline, Honesty, Empathy, Self-belief, Respect, Equality & Integrity

Development of empowered, healthy and self-confident young people able to contribute to a vibrant society.

FBF Model for Youth Development

This model positions the Field Band Foundation M&E approach within a framework derived from our Theory of Change (ToC) and guides the development of the M&E plan. Additionally, this document will be disseminated to all relevant departments to ensure alignment of all related activities within our ToC. It will also help us to continually assess and refine our operational systems to ensure that they effectively enable the desired changes within our communities.

Organisational Background
The Field Band Foundation (FBF) is a non-profit company established in 1997. In over two decades of operation, our programmes have evolved with the overall aim to foster holistic development targeting various economic and social issues faced by South African youth. We utilise arts (in the form of marching bands) as a catalyst to stimulate an empowered, self-confident and healthy community of band members and staff alike.

FBF’s Theory of Change (ToC)
Our ToC is the developmental model in which we situate our activities. It depicts the causal pathway between the capacity building of staff and members and the goal of empowered and healthy young people able to contribute to a vibrant society. FBF activities are designed to positively influence the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours of staff to enrich their social and professional skillsets. This empowers them to create an environment that fosters a heightened commitment to self-development and improved emotional resilience for themselves and the band members. These empowered individuals are then able to contribute towards stimulating similar positive changes within their communities.

FBF Model for Youth Development PDF

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Theory Of Change Diagram

Meet our Management Committee

Our History

Alignment To National Policies

There are four major South African national policies to which FBF- (via these key elements) can be seen to be closely aligned:

1. The National Development Plan (NDP) 2030,

2. The National Youth Policy 2015 – 2020 (NYP),

3. The strategic plan of the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) for 2012 – 2016 and

4. Mzansi’s Golden Economy (MGE) 2009.

The key elements of the Field Band Foundation (FBF) model are:

1. Inclusivity and tolerance are essential values for a vibrant society

2. Young people learn about the responsibilities of leadership through the experience of being leaders – in participative process of learning and developing

3. Taking on progressive levels of responsibility helps develop work-readiness for more formal employment situations

4. Creative expression through musical and dance performance exercises the imagination, which is empowering and liberating

5. The enhancement of a sense of self and development of emotional resilience takes place through the mastery of various skills

6. There is a peer-to-peer relationship of role-modelling positive behaviours and choices

Our Unique Features

Our Diverse and Extensive Geographical Footprint
The Field Band Foundation operates 21 projects in 7 of the 9 provinces in South Africa, mainly in remote or semi-rural settings, or in high-density peri-urban places.

Our Model for Development is Participative and Experiential
In line with the National Youth Policy 2015 – 2020, which calls for participation and inclusion with respect to youth development, the FBF model requires that young people take incrementally more leadership responsibility within the bands’ management structures. From participating as a band member, there are opportunities to become a Tutor in Training, then a Tutor of one of the five sections of the band, then perhaps a Band Coordinator or a Programme Officer, the latter being the primary leader of each band team.

Remote Control Management from a Centralised Head Office
The geographical spread of FBF projects, combined with the commitment to participative development, creates a set of challenges with respect to maintaining high management standards and quality control of the operations.