2007 was the beginning of our love story between Music and Hout Bay: 150 applications were received and the organisation was established. Visiting Portuguese musician, Victor Gama, gives our first pupil workshop, using his Pangeos Instrumentos and we start the Adult Community Singing Group – which runs for the next 8 years!


In 2008 we established our first Jazz Band and The Hout Bay Youth Choir, both performing in a private workshop by Boston Philharmonic conductor, Ben Zander. Prof. Denis Goldberg joins KMA as our patron and The Charlie Heyes Memorial Fund is dedicated to KMA tuition.


As our executive committee continues to change and grow, 2009 delighted us with growing support and donations from the UK, Germany and South Africa. We receive more than 60 donated instruments from abroad and this enables us to considerably expand our range of teaching offerings. KMA officially becomes a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO).


Our director rides for the first time in the 2010 Cape Town Cycle Tour to raise funds for KMA – and this continues annually through to 2017. KMA pupils participate for the first time in Trinity College of London and Royal Schools exams bringing home a mix of distinctions and merits. With our second grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, KMA’s beginner orchestra is formed, and funded KMA vocal pupil, Leanne Seekoei, wins a recording session at the Red Bull Studios – at the tender age of only 13 years!


2011 was a fantastic year for our KMA Jazz Band and Youth Choir: with no less than 10 local performances in the year and first prize in the Cape Town Eisteddfod mixed choir class. The awards keep flowing as KMA Director, Dwyn Griesel wins the prestigious 2011 Inyathelo Philanthropy in the Arts Award and receives the Hout Bay Lions Club Louis Volks Humanitarian Award. Pupil numbers grow thanks to our first National Arts Council (NAC) grant which continues until 2013.


2012 was one of those “milestone years” for us: We move into our new premises at “Oakburn House”, with rental pledged for 3 years by Richard and Julia Clarke of the UK. Our KMA Jazz Band jets off on our first ever international tour to Germany hosted by EXILE and Aktionwelt. We begin our long-standing partnership with Riverside Estates Guest House in Hout Bay, which supports our regular performances featuring top Cape Town artists, raising funds for our projects.


Another milestone was reached for KMA in 2013, when two of our graduates, Lungisa Chili and Cameron Claassen were accepted into the University of Cape Town Jazz Degree programme - both fully funded! Our long awaited grants from the National Lottery arrive in this year and we proudly celebrate our patron's 80th birthday! The NAC grants us the first of ongoing 3-year company grants and our Intimate House Soiree Series begin at KMA.


In 2014 we got mobile! Our very first vehicle is donated to us from North Rhine-Westphalia Government, Germany, enabling us to safely transport our children to and from the Academy.
A record-breaking 19 performances are held throughout the year featuring both pupils and professional musicians. KMA Jazz Bandmember, Curtly Masemola, is our first ever attendee at the Standard BankNational Youth Jazz Festival (SBNJYF) in Grahamstown.


2015 sees KMA holds no less than 8 pupil soirees and 6 professional Intimate Soirees through the year – bringing culture into the Valley, and supporting our South African artists. Our new brass division takes off, and our flute pupil sattended a master class with maestro, James Gallway, at UCT.


KMA continues to rake in the accolades in 2016, nominated for 3 awards at the Annual Provincial Government Ministerial Awards Ceremony, and receiving the Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Youth in Music, Arts and Culture”. We are one of the founder beneficiaries in the much coveted “Horses for Causes” Annual Fundraiser at Kenilworth Racecourse and our pupils star in a MyCiti bus promotional film! Our third year at the SBNYJF sees our entire 7-piece Jazz Band take part, not to mention the record breaking R101 000 in sponsorship raised by the Director for her ride in the Cape Argus Cycle Tour!A record-breaking 19 performances are held throughout the year featuring both pupils and professional musicians. KMA Jazz Band member, Curtly Masemola, is our first ever attendee at the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival (SBNJYF) in Grahamstown.