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The Arts Resource Hub Story
The National Arts Council (NAC)’s Arts Resource Hub (ARH) initiative supports arts Self-Employed Persons (SEPs) and freelance practitioners in Singapore to unlock new opportunities and grow meaningful careers for the long term. The initiative was set up in 2019 after extensive consultations with more than 370 individuals from the arts community across disciplines and practices over the course of 2017 and 2018. Ten key priorities were discussed including the need for an accessible online platform with aggregated training and job opportunities as well as useful information on financial planning and legal knowledge.
To address and tailor ARH’s offerings to suit SEPs’ needs, NAC developed the current range of resources in close collaboration with industry professionals from the arts sector, to which we owe our thanks to many individuals and organisations.
For on-the-go updates on programmes and offerings, join our ARH Telegram channel at t.me/artsresourcehub.
Engagements with the Sector
To provide arts SEPs with an open channel to ask questions on existing COVID-19 support measures available, ARH organised a series of one-on-one call chats from 24 March – 3 April 2020, for arts SEPs to speak with NAC staff over Zoom. These consultation sessions were extended with the roll-out of the Arts and Culture Resilience Package where a series of Ask NAC! sessions were organised for artists to dial in through a group setting, and a total of 72 SEPs were engaged. Ask NAC! group sessions were re-launched in April 2021 and details of the schedule and points discussed can be found here.
42 Waterloo Street
NAC also met with Centre 42 and some arts SEPs on 8 September 2020 and 16 April 2021 to provide updates and get feedback on the renovation plans for 42 Waterloo Street. The key points from their discussion can be found here.
SEP Engagement with Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth & Ministry of Trade and Industry Ms Low Yen Ling
On 3 February 2023, NAC held an engagement session, hosted by Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth & Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ms Low Yen Ling, with arts practitioners, including SEPs, SEP advocates and representatives from arts organisations that work closely with arts SEPs, to discuss ideas on how the Arts Resource Hub (ARH) could better support arts SEPs. The key points from their discussion can be found here.