The National Arts Council has partnered the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) to establish the Singapore Regional Fellowship, which provides up to three-year access to ISPA’s extensive international network of arts professionals to three mid-career leaders from Singapore’s performing arts community. Participants join the ISPA membership and attend the Virtual Edition: 2021 ISPA Congress (January 2021), Reykjavik 2021 ISPA Congress, and both the New York 2022 and 2023 ISPA Congresses where they engage in the development and exchange of ideas with leaders from some of the world's most significant presenting organizations, performing arts organizations, artist management agencies, cultural policy groups, foundations, festivals and related professionals. 


Performing arts professionals who are deeply committed to increasing the global connectivity of the performing arts industry, as well as those who take initiative in their own professional development, are most likely to benefit. In considering applying, please be aware that the ISPA Congress is not a traditional arts market and opportunities for self-promotion are limited.


The Fellowship consists of four components: 

Membership in ISPA

Fellows gain access to all member benefits including monthly themed discussions (ISPAconvenes), one-on-one peer consulting (Genius Bar), and exclusive content on the ISPA website, newsletter, and social media.

ISPA Congresses

Fellows attend the Virtual Edition: 2021 ISPA Congress (January, 2021), Reykjavik 2021 ISPA Congress, and both the New York 2022 and 2023 ISPA Congresses.

Professional Development

Fellows attend a seminar prior to each of their congress participation where they meet the Fellowship cohort and learn through a series of peer to peer conversations and workshops.

Ongoing Networking

Fellows are paired with a current ISPA member at their first congress as part of ISPA’s Community Building Program. Current members welcome Fellows to the congress and help facilitate their participation.

Programme Dates

11-15 January 2021

Participate in ISPA Virtual Congress

9-11 June 2021

Participate in Reykjavik 2021 ISPA Congress

11-13 January 2022

Participate in New York 2022 ISPA Congress

10-12 January 2023

Participate in New York 2023 ISPA Congress


*The above schedule is a projection and subject to further confirmation. Physical attendances are to be confirmed, in view of the Covid-situation.


Fellows’ Benefits

In 2021, Fellows receive:

  • One-year ISPA membership with access to all member benefits, including registration to the Virtual Edition: 2021 ISPA Congress (January 11 – 15, 2021) and online Fellows-only seminar;
  • Full Pass registration to the Reykjavik 2021 ISPA Congress (June 9 – 11, 2021); and
  • Up to 2575 USD to assist with travel and accommodation expenses related to attending the congress


Pending a successful annual review, Fellows are eligible to participate for up to two additional years and receive membership, New York Congress registration, and up to 2,575 USD travel subsidy. The National Arts Council Singapore is supporting 95% of the costs of the Fellowship Program. Participants will be required to contribute 5% of program costs (300 SGD per year).



The Singapore Fellowship Program seeks to engage leaders within the professional performing arts sector in Singapore. Participants must be based in Singapore and be interested in developing their careers through an extended engagement with ISPA.


Applicants must:

  • Be permanent residents or citizens of Singapore
  • Be currently employed/working in the performing arts
  • Have a minimum of five years professional experience in the performing arts
  • Have not received an ISPA Fellowship in the past
  • Have the ability to attend and fully participate in ISPA for the next three years
  • Demonstrate commitment to increasing international connectivity of Singapore’s performing arts sector
  • Exhibit keen interest and strong initiative in their own professional development and that of their company



Those interested in applying for ISPA’s Singapore Fellowship must submit an application form online.


The application deadline is Friday, October 2, 2020 at 17:00 EDT (New York Time) (which will be Saturday, October 3, 2020, 5:00am Singapore time).


This deadline will not be extended, and late submissions will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by November 6, 2020. 


Applications for the 2017 Fellowship closed on 22 March 2017 and we are pleased that the following have been selected by an industry panel to participate in the Fellowship:

1. Nelson Chia, Nine Years Theatre

2. Nurul Shaza Binte Mohd Ishak, Teater Ekamatra

3. Danny Tan, Odyssey Dance Theatre


Congratulations to the inaugural batch of Singapore Fellows!

More details can be found here.