The Zimbabwe Academy of Music is a non-profit making trust founded in 1949 which moved to its present site in 1953.  It promotes and teaches music to internationally recognised levels and offers courses on a variety of instruments as well as incorporating a well-equipped School of Rock.  It is also currently expanding its ethnic music side and will be embarking on an outreach programme in the Western Suburbs at the beginning of 2012.

Its facilities include the Robert Sibson Hall which seats 400 people and is widely regarded as acoustically the finest small concert hall in southern Africa.  The hall plays host to over a hundred Academy events annually and is also available for hire for all forms of music plus conferences, etc.

Performing Arts Bulawayo is a not-for-profit, private membership organization operating primarily as music promoters for Bulawayo and the Zimbabwe Academy of Music.  A full calendar of events is arranged each year, all of which are staged at the Academy and mostly in the Robert Sibson Hall.

The first Bulawayo Music Festival took place in April 1997 when it was conceived as a one-off, week-long multiple celebration of anniversaries but it was so successful that a second festival was immediately planned for two years later with the intention of its becoming a biennial event. which has largely been the case.

There was an interruption after 2002 given the political and economic state of the country but since 2006 festivals have been held every two years, jointly organized and staged by the Zimbabwe Academy of Music. The Festival is centred on a series of classical concerts featuring international musicians but also embraces other types of  music in a parallel series of concerts.  The 2012 event is at the advanced planning stage and there is an intention for smaller-scale weekend festivals to take place in the alternate years from 2013.