National Arts Council’s Major Company and Seed Grant Recipients for FY2020
The National Arts Council (NAC) champions the creation and appreciation of the arts as an integral part of people’s lives. The arts have always played an important role in defining our nation’s cultural identity and bringing diverse communities together. We want to continue celebrating cultural diversity as a strength.
NAC supports the arts through various ways from grants, industry facilitation and supporting capability development in art-making, to arts housing subsidies and partnerships with the private sector and other government agencies.
The strategic priorities for funding are articulated in Our SG Arts Plan (2018-2022), including developing new audiences and building diverse capabilities in the arts. The Council is placing emphasis to cultivate a more self-sustaining arts sector so there is financial sustainability for the arts groups, and would like to continue to encourage arts groups to work towards achieving their registered charity and Institutions of a Public Character (IPC) status. For the FY20-22 grant cycle, the 18 applicants for the Major Company Scheme have responded to some of the identified key priority areas of Our SG Arts Plan (2018-2022), such as in growing audiences, building diverse capabilities and internationalisation. The successful recipients of the scheme will be embarking on projects such as documentation of works, utilising technology to enhance art-making and strengthening programme design to increase access to arts for the underserved communities.
To ensure that we remain relevant to the arts sector, NAC will be deferring the FY21 Seed Grant application cycle for a year for a review of the scheme. The review will allow us to better cater to the development and evolving needs of the sector, which we have successfully done so for the review of the Major Company Scheme, where the arts companies have responded well to the priority areas identified in Our SG Arts Plan (2018-2022). While no arts organisations are supported for the FY20-22 cycle of the Seed Grant scheme, the applicants can tap on other sources of funding such as project grants.
For FY 20, NAC will be supporting a total of 50 Major Companies and 2 Seed Grant Companies, with funding held at a steady state of close to $16 million.
In the current COVID-19 situation, we recognise that the lives of many Singaporeans have been impacted, and arts organisations and arts practitioners are facing challenges.
Hence, in addition to funding through the NAC Major Company and Seed Grant schemes, we hope that arts organisations can also look into how some of the measures announced at Budget 2020 and the additional COVID-19 measures as announced by MCCY can benefit them.
Please refer to Annexes A and B for the complete list of all Major Company and Seed Grant recipients. For more information on each track under the Major Companies scheme, please refer to Annex C.
Download Annexes A - C.