At SAE Cape Town we are continually pursuing ways to provide support and facilitate knowledge sharing to disadvantaged communities. We host our own workshops, or partner with other reputable organisations to support their initiatives. Our Team provides mentorship to young talent in the creative media industry and we facilitate lectures and presentations to empower and inspire communities.


Bridges for Music is an international non-profit organisation that focuses on the responsible development of electronic music in disadvantaged areas across the world, to create positive change, through ‘building bridges’ between communities. We are Bridges For Music’s educational partner and are proud to have supported the workshops outlined below.


Richie has been at the forefront of the global electronic music scene for more than two decades. Richie was an influential part of the Detroit techno scene in the early 90s, and is best known for his abstract, minimal works, under the alias Plastikman. The workshops were hosted in Langa (Cape Town) and Soweto (Johannesburg). The workshops culminated in a remarkable impromptu 3-hour DJ set. South African heavy weights Black Coffee and Vinny Da Vinci were also involved in the workshops.


Skrillex is blazing his trail across the globe as one of America’s premier electronic exports. In 2011 he was nominated for 5 Grammys, won 3, and was also named MTV’s Electronic Dance Music Artist of the Year. Skrillex was so inspired by his recent trip to South Africa, and specifically the workshop in Cape Town, that he has become a global ambassador for Bridges for Music. Cape Town based uber-DJ/Producer Sibot also contributed to the Skrillex workshops.


Born in Switzerland and raised in Chile, Luciano is the owner of the prolific dance label Candenza Records and is known as one of the worlds most prolific DJs. Luciano left South America at the age of 21 to pursue a career as a DJ in Europe, and found himself in Ibiza, where he formed a partnership with one of Ibiza’s most legendary underground club Circoloco, at DC10. The Luciano Workshops were hosted in Cape Town’s Langa, and Johannesburg’s Soweto. South Africa’s Black Coffee, Kid Fonque, Crazy White Boy, and Vinny Da Vinci supported Luciano.


SAE is proud to support Africa’s first official Ableton Live User Group.  SAE lecturer Thomas Glendinning spearheaded the User Group, with the monthly meetings hosted at SAE. The User Group features demonstrations and presentations by some of the finest producers in the South African music industry

For those who are interested in learning the art and science of Electronic Music Production using Ableton Live, we offer an 8-week short course taught by Fletcher Beadon who is considered the leading Ableton trainer in Africa.

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