The Incubation Scheme provides new, young artists, arts companies, associations and societies, community/amateur arts groups within first 3 years of practice or establishment, tenure of up to 3 years with infrastructure support, subject to an mid-term review.
The aim is to give budding artists and arts groups the platform to develop their artistic and organisational foundations, in an environment where they can interact with and learn from other artists, arts groups and the community around them.
The infrastructure support will be given in the form of a rental grant amounting to 80% of the market rental, capped at $800 per month, whichever is lower. In addition, artists and arts groups will be required to pay a Service Charge for preventive, routine repairs and general maintenance such as cleaning of common areas, pest control and security. Artists and arts groups can also book shared facilities to meet other needs such as meeting, seminar, rehearsal, practice, etc.
The assessment criteria for the Incubation Scheme applications are as follows:
- (40%) Strength of vision and the role they want to play in the arts community, and the programmes and projects they will organise to fulfil that vision
- (20%) Strategies to engage target audiences/ participants / community
- (20%) Proposed use of space and contribution to placemaking efforts to realise the vision of the arts centre
- (20%) Building their organisation structure and financial sustainability :
- (For all applicants) Financial sustainability and ability to make prompt payments and upkeep the space
- (For organisation only) Plans to build up their core organisation structure
INCUBATION SCHEME RENEWAL
After 3 years, NAC expects that some artists and arts groups will either find alternative work spaces as they develop greater resources and networks or decide to step down or dissolve their activities. For others, they may choose to apply for further support under the Scheme for Developing Artists and Arts Groups. There will not be any renewal after 3 years under the Incubation Scheme.