National Arts Council’s Major Company Recipients for FY2021
Our arts and culture activities have gradually resumed in line with Singapore’s safe reopening. However, as the full resumption will take time, the Arts and Culture Resilience Package was recently enhanced with an additional $20 million, bringing the total COVID-19 support for the arts and culture sector to $75 million. More details can be found here.
On top of the enhanced COVID-19 support measures, NAC continues to support the arts sector through various grant schemes, arts housing subsidies, as well as capability development in art-making and fundraising to enable arts groups to diversify their sources of income. NAC also hopes to cultivate a more self-sustaining arts ecosystem by encouraging arts groups to attain registered charity and Institutions of a Public Character (IPC) status and establish a viable mix of public funding, private sector partnerships and programming revenue in the long term. NAC regularly reviews our schemes for sustained funding to take into account the evolving needs, experiences and feedback from recipients, and this allows us to tailor more closely to the unique characteristics of each company.
At steady state, NAC supports some 50 arts companies through multi-year organisational funding at about $16 million per annum. For the FY21-23 grant cycle, the four successful applicants for the Major Company (MC) scheme responded to some of the key priority areas articulated in Our SG Arts Plan (2018-2022) for example, growing new audiences, building diverse capabilities, and utilising technology to improve art-making and outreach efforts especially important in a post-pandemic world.
This includes a new MC entrant Jazz Association Singapore (JASS) that was founded in 2016 as a non-profit organisation dedicated to developing jazz excellence, outreach and education in Singapore. Since its establishment, JASS’ two orchestras have developed a repertory of Singaporean works for symphonic jazz and runs initiatives such as the Lion City Youth Jazz Festival as well as its own JASS Music Scholarships to create learning and development opportunities for the next generation of jazz musicians in Singapore.
Please refer to Annexes A and B for the complete list of MCSG recipients. For more information on each track under the MC scheme, please refer to Annex C.
The financial information of the Major Companies is available on Charity Portal.