Arts and Culture Resilience Package (ACRP)

1. [Enhanced] Jobs Support Scheme for arts and culture organisations

As announced by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on 6 April 2020 and a subsequent update on 21 April 2020, the government will co-fund 25% on the first $4,600 of gross monthly wages of each local employee on their Central Provident Fund (CPF) payroll for nine months. This level of support will be increased to 75% for the month of April and May, in view of the heightened measures. All arts and culture organisations which are employers and who pay CPF contributions, will be eligible under this broad-based Job Support Scheme administered by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS). Additional jobs support for major companies, as well as other leading arts groups, will be announced at a later date.

 

 

2. [Enhanced] Rental waivers for tenants on MCCY-owned properties

Eligible tenants, including arts organisations that are Registered Charities on MCCY-owned properties, will receive up to two months of rental waivers under the Arts and Culture Resilience Package. In addition, all non-residential tenants on government-owned properties who do not qualify for the two months of waiver will receive 1 month of rental waiver. Eligible tenants will be informed directly by their respective landlords of their eligibility.

 

 

3. [Enhanced] Capability Development Scheme for the Arts (CDSA)

Launched on 16 March 2020, the Capability Development Scheme for the Arts (CDSA) is a time-limited scheme in support of artists and arts organisations during the downtime caused by the COVID-19 situation. The CDSA is available for a limited period to support arts self-employed persons (SEPs) and employees of arts organisations to upskill and grow capabilities through training programmes that take place in Singapore. From 8 April 2020 onwards, the CDSA is enhanced to benefit a wider range of arts organisations and professionals. The enhancements include increasing the funding level for arts organisations and SEPs and extending the training programmes to take place until 31 December. With these enhancements, the application window will also be extended to 31 July 2020 (5pm).

 

Please refer to the CDSA guidelines below for more information and email your application and/or enquiries to cdsa@nac.gov.sg.

 

[Enhanced] CDSA Guidelines

CDSA Application Form

CDSA Budget Form

 

Given the recent circuit breaker measures (3 April), NAC has collated possible online courses for the arts sector below. These focus on courses by our local arts institutions, tertiary institutions, as well as a handful of courses from overseas providers. The courses listed are not intended to be prescriptive or exhaustive, but rather will serve as a first point of reference for further training opportunities in areas such as Digital Technology, Entrepreneurship, Audience Engagement or Art-form Specific courses. Interested applicants can seek out the respective courses to gather more details on course content and fees. We encourage you to apply for the CDSA grant to attend these courses. As the lists will be updated on a regular basis, and NAC understands that a number of training providers are in the process of shifting their courses online, do refer back to the NAC website regularly for further information.

 

[List of online courses – Digital Tech]

[List of online courses – Entrepreneurship]

[List of online courses – Audience Engagement]

[List of online courses – Art-Form Specific]

 

For arts SEPs, please subscribe to the Arts Resource Hub (ARH) and get more details of the suggested courses, and other relevant resources and services here.

 

 

4. [New] Digitalisation Fund (DF)

NAC will support the arts and culture organisations’ and practitioners’ efforts to enhance the digitalisation of their work, and create new experiences for Singaporeans. To ensure Singaporeans continue to have access to arts and culture during the next few months, the A-List, an integrated platform will aggregate and spotlight arts and culture offerings from our institutions, arts groups and artists.

 

 

Digital Presentation Grant for the Arts (DPG)

The Digital Presentation Grant (DPG) is a time-limited scheme that aims to support efforts by artists and arts organisations to present their work in digital form or via digital mediums, during this COVID-19 period. Through the grant, NAC aims to create work opportunities for arts practitioners while at the same time, develop industry capabilities in producing digital arts content.

 

Applications will open from 14 April to 31 July 2020 (5pm), and projects should be completed by 31 December 2020. Successful applicants may receive up to $20,000 per project.

 

We welcome proposals which include creative means to develop digital projects while fully working from home. Arts and culture organisations and practitioners can also submit proposals for future projects that may involve several people working in a studio or performance venue (i.e. when the circuit breaker measures are relaxed or lifted).

 

Applications are to be submitted through FormSG.

 

Please refer to the DPG guidelines below for more information.

 

DPG Guidelines

DPG Project Proposal Template

DPG Budget Template

 

For enquiries, please email DPG@nac.gov.sg.

 

The Digitalisation Fund will also support larger-scale digitalisation of existing festivals and projects to ensure support of the arts practitioners as well as to engage Singaporeans digitally through to the arts. We are also committed to continuing with our annual large-scale festivals through digital means as far as possible.

 

 

Ask NAC Engagement Sessions

We have concluded our Ask NAC series of engagement sessions on Zoom.  

 

If you have  further queries or concerns regarding the grant schemes under NAC’s Arts and Culture Resilience Package (ACRP), please email to the relevant manager in the table below. Tell us a little bit about yourself/your organisation and the type of arts programmes you are involved in for us to better address your queries.

 

Group

Email

Arts Organisations (Major Companies and Seed Grant Companies (MCSG) and non-MCSG Arts Organisations)

Chua Yong Kee

chua_yong_kee@nac.gov.sg

AEP/AISS Artist Educators and Arts Organisations

Grace Kanai

grace_kanai@nac.gov.sg

Self-Employed Persons (SEPs)

Arts Resource Hub 

artsresourcehub@nac.gov.sg