Our mission

At KMA, we provide a stable, safe and nurturing afternoon environment where the magic of music tuition develops children’s self-confidence, leading to enhanced cognitive, emotional and social skills and helping them grow into future-fit, resilient individuals whilst advancing and preserving South African musical culture.

What we do

Since 2007, Kronendal Music Academy has offered the universal language of music as a stepping stone in the lives of impoverished children from Imizamo Yethu informal settlement and Hangberg fishing village. As the only fully-fledged music school in the valley, at any given time we have well over 100 pupils in lessons and ensembles, and regular performances and external qualifications complement our teaching model. High standards ensure that our core humanitarian values are maintained. Our award-winning programmes not only foster racial and social integration in our community, but also guarantee enriching opportunities for all our children, developing important cognitive skills while exploring previously unavailable horizons.

Our key focus areas

Shine Community Hub

“The Covid-19 pandemic seems to have brought the need for more socially and environmentally conscious investment into sharper focus. Socially and environmentally conscious South African investors are directing capital towards high-impact projects with astounding results and financial returns. There is increasing evidence of impact investments outperforming those of the traditional investments.” (Brett Wallington, 9 February 2021, ‘Impact investing can be a post-Covid economic catalyst’ – Daily Maverick)

In 2021 we are launching a community hub through our newly formed “S.H.I.N.E Trust”, which will foster collaboration amongst NGOs in Hout Bay, provide a platform for sustainable income and encourage impact investment in our community. With our focus being “The Child in The Middle”, we believe that combining expertise and strengths amongst NGOs, for the development of our local children and youth, is a win-win for everyone. We also believe such a collective can have a significant impact on innovative solutions to funding sustainability for each organisation.

For more information, please contact shinetrust@kmahoutbay.org

Why is music important

Singing our praises


Hout Bay Lion’s Club Louis Volks Humanitarian Award
Inyathelo Philanthropy in the Arts Award 2011
Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in the Arts
Best Community Choir Cape Town Eisteddfod 2011
Department of Social Development: Ministerial Award for Afterschool Programme Excellence
Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport: Ministerial Award for Outstanding Achievement of Youth in the Arts (Music)
Survé Philanthropies Imagine Award for Arts and Culture

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