New Funding Framework in FY2017 promotes Diversity, Growth and Sustainability of Arts Landscape

  • Three separate tracks – Artmaking, Bridging and Intermediary – in revised Major Company Scheme aim to reach new audiences
  • Support for new companies to help further grow entire arts ecosystem in Singapore

 

SINGAPORE, 31 March 2017 – A total of 25 arts organisations will receive funding from the National Arts Council’s (NAC) Major Company and Seed Grant schemes for the 2017 funding cycle.

 

2          The Major Company Scheme, formerly known as the Major Grant Scheme, was fine-tuned in 2016 following an extensive review. The introduction of new tracks – Bridging and Intermediary – in addition to the Artmaking track encourages groups to be more focused in their artistic endeavours to reach new audiences, professionalise the sector and better streamline their capabilities. In total, including groups admitted in 2015 and 2016, this year will see a record number of 48 Major Companies supported, across the performing, visual, literary and multi-disciplinary art forms.

 

3          The Council welcomes the groups supported under the Major Company scheme for the first time. They include well-loved traditional Malay arts performing company Sri Warisan, and Chinese-language theatre company Arts Theatre of Singapore which reaches out to young audiences. Former Seed Grant recipients such as theatre company Pangdemonium, visual arts collective OH! Open House, Chinese opera advocate Traditional Arts Centre and Teochew not-for-profit arts organisation Nam Hwa Opera also advance to the Major Company Scheme in FY2017, having achieved stability and growth in the last three years.

 

4          Artmaking, or the creation and presentation of high quality art, remains one of the Council’s priorities and receives the bulk of Major Company funding. The Bridging track focuses on the creation of programmes that promote arts accessibility, develop new audiences and build appreciation of the arts, whilst Intermediary work supports for the development of artists and/or the sector through advocacy, capability development or research. Together, they help to foster robust and sustained growth of the entire arts ecosystem.

 

5          The 2017 funding cycle has prioritised groups that are in the early stages of growth, traditional arts companies as well as new entrants in the Major Company scheme. While it is crucial to support established arts groups that currently fill strategic gaps in the industry, it is equally important to support groups with diverse needs and are at different stages of development with this new grant framework, such as new entrants to the arts sector.

 

6          In light of budget reduction across the government and the growth in the number of deserving recipients over the years, the funding for some groups sees a less than 10% dip compared to previous years. Beyond the Major Company Scheme, NAC continues to support the arts sector by way of subsidised arts housing and Cultural Matching Fund as well as funding for festival commissions e.g. SIFA.

 

7          Said Mrs Rosa Daniel, Chief Executive Officer, NAC, “We are delighted to recognise a wide diversity in the arts groups that have been admitted in the Major Company and Seed Grant schemes this year. While continuing to uphold quality in the arts, NAC’s revised framework also focuses on cultivating and growing audiences, as well as the longer-term development of our arts practitioners. It is critical for the Singapore arts scene to scale new heights of excellence while at the same time better reaching out to existing and new audiences. Supported by our efforts in subsidised housing and complemented by cultural philanthropy, the Seed Grant and Major Companies will bring the arts to more Singaporeans and showcase Singapore’s rich cultural offerings to the world.”

 

8          $16.34 million has been committed by the NAC for both schemes for FY17, providing support for 48 new and existing Major Companies and 15 new and existing Seed Grant companies.

 

9          The Seed Grant, which focuses on helping promising new or emerging not-for-profit arts groups kick-start programmes and operations, will see five first-time recipients in FY17, in addition to the 10 recipients from FY15 and FY16. These new recipients include community arts organisation Superhero Me, experimental theatre company Emergency Stairs, arts writing organisation ArtsEquator, contemporary Malay dance collective P7:1SMA (Prisma) and multi-disciplinary dance film collective Cinemovement.

 

10        With this approach to funding which acknowledges the holistic needs of the arts, the Council will be able to engage companies individually to determine support based on their needs and aspirations. Please refer to Annexes A and B for the full list of all Major and Seed Grant recipients, and Annex C for more information on each track.       

 

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About the National Arts Council

 

The National Arts Council champions the arts in Singapore. By nurturing creative excellence and supporting broad audience engagement, we want to develop Singapore as a distinctive global city where the arts inspire our people and connect our communities. We preserve our rich, cultural traditions while we cultivate accomplished artists and vibrant companies for the future. Our support for the arts is comprehensive – from grants and partnerships to industry facilitation and arts housing. The Council welcomes greater private and corporate giving to and through the arts so that together we can make the arts an integral part of everyone's lives. For more information on the Council's mission and plans, visit www.nac.gov.sg.

 

ANNEX A – FY2017 Major Company Funding Recipients

 

No.

Recipient

FY2017 Recipients (FY17-19)

1

Apsaras Arts

2

Arts Theatre of Singapore#

3

Cake Theatrical Productions

4

Checkpoint Theatre

5

Drama Box

6

Nam Hwa Opera*

7

OH! Open House*

8

Pangdemonium*

9

Singapore Dance Theatre

10

Singapore Lyric Opera

11

Singapore Repertory Theatre

12

Sri Warisan#

13

T’ang Quartet

14

T.H.E Dance Company

15

The Arts Fission Company Ltd

16

The Finger Players

17

The Necessary Stage

18

The Theatre Practice

19

The Substation

20

Traditional Arts Centre*

FY2016 Recipients (FY16-18)

1

Art Photography Centre

2

Art Outreach

3

Bhaskar’s Arts Academy

4

Chinese Calligraphy Society Singapore

5

Chinese Theatre Circle

6

Dance Ensemble Singapore

7

Ding Yi Music Company

8

Era Dance Theatre

9

Frontier Danceland

10

NADI

11

National Book Development Council of Singapore

12

New Opera

13

Nine Years Theatre

14

Orchestra of Music Makers

15

Paper Monkey

16

Philharmonic Winds

17

Raw Moves

18

Singapore Drama Educators Association

19

Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Dance Theatre

20

Siong Leng Musical Association

21

Teater Ekamatra

22

The Observatory

23

TheatreWorks

24

Toy Factory

25

Wild Rice

FY2015 Recipients (FY15-17)

1

Intercultural Theatre Institute

2

O School

3

Odyssey Dance Theatre

 

*Previous Seed Grant recipient
#New Entrant

 

 

ANNEX B – FY2017 Seed Grant Recipients

 

No.

Recipient

1

Superhero Me

2

Emergency Stairs

3

ArtsEquator

4

P7: 1SMA (Prisma)

5

Cinemovement

Existing recipients from FY15 & FY16

1

ArtsWok Collaborative

2

Kids’ Philharmonic & Co Ltd

3

National Poetry Festival

4

SAtheCollective

5

Select Book Trust (The Select Centre)

6

Sing Lit Station

7

The Royal Dance-Off (TRDO)

8

The TENG Company

9

Objectifs Centre Ltd

10

YPPAE

 

ANNEX C – Definition of tracks under the Major Company Scheme

 

Track

Definition

Artmaking

Focuses on:

  1. Creating original works which add to Singapore’s cultural canon and which earn critical acclaim at home and abroad;

AND/OR

  1. presenting/adapting works of the highest quality, which Singaporeans take pride in and are enriched by.

 

In best instances, these companies create and/or present work which reflects our Singapore narrative and multi-ethnic identities.

 

Bridging

Focuses on:

  1. Creating presentations/ programmes that reach out to specific demographics (e.g. youths, children, seniors or underserved segments (e.g. the disabled, youths-at-risk, people from low-income backgrounds);

AND

  1. Expanding/advocating access to the arts for all, developing new audiences, build and raise appreciation of the arts.

 

Intermediary

Focuses on: Supporting the development of practitioners/artists and/or the sector by e.g.

a)  advocating the arts; providing administrative services

b) providing opportunities for capability development e.g.  residencies, mentorships;

c) engaging in research and documentation;

d) facilitating domestic and international networks, amongst other services.

 

 

For more information on the above tracks, please refer to this link