CEO: Durban Music School (South Africa)
Kim Matthews has been employed at The Durban Music School, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide as many bursaries for orphaned and vulnerable children as possible, for the past twelve year and a half years. She was appointed C.E.O. in 2013 and has been instrumental in helping to build it up into the fine institution it is today.
She has started many outreach programmes and has helped thousands of orphans and vulnerable children receive an education in music. She is passionate about building the school up to be an institution that changes peoples lives and gives them opportunities that they wouldn’t normally have. She is the fundraiser for the school and has raised funds, which enabled the school to build a large hall, and media centre. She started an outreach programme at The Open Air School five years ago which gives physically disabled children the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument and there are over 130 children taking music lessons now.
She has a good understanding of the music industry and has helped countless numbers of young people to find employment, which is her main ambition.
She is passionate about impacting positively on the Albert Park community, especially the children and runs a boxing academy, a chess club, Hip-Hop dance lessons and marimba lessons for the many children who would otherwise have nothing to do in the afternoons but get up to mischief.
She has been the Chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal Youth Wind Band for the past 13 years working exceptionally hard to transform this youth music group and to give previously disadvantaged children the chance to perform and learn in this ensemble. She runs a vibrant Development Project and more than half the band is now made up of young black musicians whom have all auditioned for and won a place in this prestigious band. She has taken the band on tour to many places overseas and in 2009 they went to Vienna to an International music competition and won, beating the Americans and Chinese wind bands by 11 points and scoring 93 %. In January of 2014 the band toured to China with the MEC of Arts and Culture, KZN, Ms Sibhildla – Saphetha.
In March 2017 she went with the KZNYWB to New York where they performed in the New York Wind Band Festival. This is one of the most prestigious music festivals in the world and it is very hard to get a place. The KZNYWB was chosen from 36 bands who auditioned and they were given a further honour by being chosen to debut an original piece especially composed for them by American composer Andrew Smith. They were awarded a GOLD award at this festival with an aggregate of 87%, which is exceptionally high for an International competition.
She is the C.E.O of the Paw-Paw Foundation which is an organization which focuses on helping orphans / vulnerable children and she works with informal orphanages in Inchanga , Shakaskraal and Hammersdale. This foundation is interested in teaching people to grow their own vegetables and they have a vertical garden which they teach school going learners to build so that they can feed their families. She also works with centers for the aged and provides food, clothes, blankets and entertainment for them.
She is Vice – Chairperson of the Durban-Guangzhou Sister Cities Association, which encourages cultural exchanges between South Africa and China. She is involved with an arts centre in Guangzhou and is the honourary Head Mistress of this centre.
In 2014 eThekwini Municipality honoured her hard work by making her a Living Legend.
In November 2015 she was inducted to the National Arts Council as a Council Member. This Council was dissolved at the end of August 2016.
In February 2016 she was appointed as a member of the KZN Arts and Culture Council by the KZN Department of Arts and Culture. She now serves as the Vice-Chairperson of that organization.
In March 2016 she was appointed as Vice-Chairperson to the Non-Profit organization, Little Wing Foundation. This organization is working in the township Umlazi uplifting young people through music education.
She is the Vice-Chairperson of the KZN Federation for Community Arts Centre’s.