MASK is committed to the following fundamental principles:
Democracy, accountability, responsibility and transparency
Collaboration and partnership with existing organisations and institutions;
Respect for cultural diversity, co-existence and different forms of knowledge, including traditional and indigenous;
Respect for the varying conditions in which education systems, artistic practices and markets operate in Africa;
Professional conduct and improvement of the quality of services in the pursuit of best practices while rooted in African experience;
To human rights as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, especially the right to freedom of creative expression, and anti-discrimination on the basis of gender, language, culture, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religious belief, health, age and disability.