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[UPDATED] Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) for Arts and Culture Organisations

Updated on 4 January 2022

Under the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS), the Government co-funds a percentage of the first $4,600 of gross monthly wages of each local employee on his/ her Central Provident Fund (CPF) payroll.

On 28 May 2021, as announced by the Ministry of Finance (MOF), the JSS was enhanced to support sectors that had been significantly affected by the tightened measures under Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) [16 May to 13 June 2021]. Arts and culture organisations that had been impacted by this latest round of heightened measures were eligible for the enhanced Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) which will help them defray operating costs during that period.  The Government has provided 50% JSS support for arts and culture organisations involved in the performing arts and arts education, and 30% JSS support for others, such as private museums and art galleries.

The enhanced JSS to the arts sector was further extended under Phase 3 (Heightened Alert), in view of the calibrated re-opening approaches announced on 10 June and 18 June 2021. There was a further enhancement and extension of the JSS thereafter, with the reversion to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) announced on 23 July 2021. Enhanced JSS was also provided for the arts and culture sector during the Stabilisation Phase announced on 24 September 2021 and 20 October 2021.

On 20 November 2021, the Ministry of Health announced easing of our community Safe Management Measures, in a careful and calibrated manner, and for Singapore to exit the Stabilisation Phase into a Transition Phase from 22 November 2021. In view of this, the Government had tapered down the enhanced support measures for the arts and culture sector. 

The table below provides a summary of the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) support for the various segments within the arts and culture sector, since Phase 2 (Heightened Alert).

Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) support for the various segments within the arts and culture sector details
SectorEligibility Criteria
16 May – 11 Jul 202112 – 21 Jul 202122 Jul – 18 Aug 202119 - 31 Aug 202127 Sep – 21 Nov 202122 Nov - 19 Dec 2021
Performing Arts & Arts Education

Entities must:

  • Meet at least one of the conditions of being a:

    1. participant in a project, activity, programme or festival supported by the National Arts Council (NAC) or National Heritage Board (NHB) between 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021; or

    2. Museum Roundtable member before 31 March 2021; or

    3. Accredited Arts Education Programme (AEP) provider listed in the 2019-2022 NAC-AEP Directory; or

    4. Has more than two-thirds of its business in arts/heritage related activities (as defined by one of the 6 qualifying SSICs in criterion 2); and

  • Be classified under SSICs 85420, 90001, 90002, 90003, 90004 or 90009.
50%
10%
60%
10%
25%
10%
Museums, art galleries and historical sites

Entities must:

  • Meet at least one of the conditions of being a:

    1. participant in a project, activity, programme or festival supported by the National Arts Council (NAC) or National Heritage Board (NHB) between 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021; or

    2. Museum Roundtable member before 31 March 2021; or

    3. Accredited Arts Education Programme (AEP) provider listed in the 2019-2022 NAC-AEP Directory; or

    4. Has more than two-thirds of its business in arts/heritage related activities (as defined by one of the 3 qualifying SSICs in criterion 2); and

  • Be classified under SSICs 91021, 91022, 91029.
30%10%
40%
10%
25%
10%
The following table summarises the support that eligible organisations, including those in the arts and culture sector, that are employers and pay CPF contributions for their local employees had benefitted/ can benefit from the JSS, as previously announced:
JSS Tier Oct 2019 – Aug 2020 wages Sep – Dec 2020 wages
Jan – Mar 2021 wages
Apr – Jun 2021 wages Jul – Sep 2021 wages
Tier 1
75%
50%
50%
30%
10%
Tier 2*
50%
30%
30%
See above
See above
Tier 3A (under Tier 3)
25%
10%
10%
0%
0%
Tier 3B (under Tier 3)
25%
10%
0%
0%
0%

All sectors received 75% support for the months of April and May 2020 (during the Circuit Breaker).

*The criteria for Arts and Culture organisations to qualify for Tier 2 support are published on IRAS JSS website.

The JSS is administered by IRAS. For information on the JSS and to check JSS eligibility, please visit https://go.gov.sg/jss.

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