About

SAVE AS PDF

Our Story

The Arts Resource Hub (ARH) was set up by the National Arts Council (NAC) in August 2019 to provide arts freelancers in Singapore with the necessary resources to sustainably continue their practice, unlock new opportunities and grow meaningful careers. Freelancers are essential to the vibrancy of our arts eco-system as their varied skills and capacity contribute to a range of roles across the industry. 

Since its initial conceptualisation to respond to the significant proportion of arts freelancers in the sector, extensive consultations were held with the arts community in 2018 to better tailor the ARH’s offerings to suit their needs. Over 370 members of the arts community were engaged, across arts disciplines and practices, such as arts education, the performing, literary and visual arts, technical and production management, etc. Key concerns raised were challenges in finding job opportunities, a lack of legal knowledge and insurance coverage, fairness in hiring practices and easy digital access to resources. For more details on the genesis of the ARH, click here.

These consultations with the community have informed the ARH’s current range of resources. To ensure its relevance and accessibility, the content presented on the site has also been developed in close collaboration with industry professionals from the arts sector.

 

Who Might Benefit

The ARH’s focus is on arts freelancers, i.e. an individual who makes a living (e.g. earns income) from being a freelancer in the visual, literary and performing arts. This would include:

  • Full-time freelancers in the arts (who may be sole proprietors)
  • Part-time freelancers (i.e. employed in other capacities and who freelance in the arts on a part-time basis)
  • People who go through phases in their careers as a freelancer and employee
  • Arts students about to enter the arts workforce/industry

We believe that the useful information shared on this digital platform, future ARH events and physical hubs, stand to benefit the wider arts community as well. 

 

What We Offer

At steady-state, the ARH will encompass a range of resources to meet the varying needs of arts freelancers. This includes a digital space to aggregate resources and shared services in areas such as job opportunities, financial planning, legal support, insurance coverage and training programmes, as well as physical co-working spaces.

The ARH intends to fill the gap of support for freelancers, rather than duplicating existing provisions, such as grant-giving. While not exhaustive, the focus of our resources will be on cross-cutting needs of freelancers across art forms, which will complement what genre-specific support might already be available in the wider arts community.  

As the needs of arts freelancers are diverse, the resources on this ARH digital platform are neither exhaustive nor an endorsement of any websites or programmes listed. Our intent is to help users make informed choices, based on their own priorities, about opportunities available and what to consider when seeking out insurance or legal support. 

Over time, more resources and services will be developed and refined incrementally. As such, we welcome feedback on how this digital platform and other additional services can be improved by writing to us here.

 

Acknowledgements

The ARH has been developed from the collective efforts of many individuals passionate about supporting freelancers in the arts sector. This includes:

Over 370 members of the arts community, including arts students and professionals, shared their candid thoughts about this work in 2018.

Industry professional Tay Tong, who has helped distil the diversity of views from the arts community and been a constant source of insight and inspiration in shaping and reshaping the ARH’s vision and content, to best suit the community’s needs. Tay Tong worked with a team which included Desirene Ho, Yong Yuet Mei and Teo Swee Leng who have also contributed significantly to the development of the ARH.

We would also like to acknowledge the contributions of partner organisations and individuals who have supported us on this project: Gigacover, Infocomm Media Development Authority, Institute of Mental Health, Institute for Financial Literacy, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, Lasalle College of the Arts, Law Society Pro Bono Services, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, National Library Board, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) Freelancers and Self-Employed Unit, NTUC Income, Republic Polytechnic, *SCAPE, Ms Sharen Liu, Singapore Mediation Centre, and Singapore Polytechnic. 

Additional thanks go to Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority, Actors Asia Database, Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore, Agora Gallery, Artfactory, Artwork Archive, ASEF Culture360, AWARE, Band Director's Association, Building and Construction Authority, Binjai Tree, Cast Caller, Centre 42, Choral Director's Association, Community Foundation of Singapore, COMPASS, Central Provident Fund, Creative Commons, Dance Nucleus, DECK, Delian Academy, Disquiet International, Format, Grey Projects, Hamilton Arts Council, Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, Independent Archive, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore, Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Singapore, LicenceOne, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Microresidence Network, Musician Guild of Singapore, National Heritage Board, National Instructors & Coaches Association, NParks, NPE Print Communications, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, National Youth Council, Objectifs, OCBC Bank, Producers.sg, Professional Photographers Association Singapore, ResArtis, Registry of Societies, SAtheCollective, Singapore Association for Mental Health, Singapore Association of Motion Picture Professionals, Singapore Civil Defence Force, Science Centre, Sculpture Society, Singapore Drama Educators Association, Sing Lit Station, Singapore Book Council, Singapore Food Agency, Singapore International Foundation, Singapore Music Teacher's Association, Singapore Press Holding, Singapore Teacher's Art Society, Singapore Watercolour Society, Singapore Land Authority, Society6, Samaritans of Singapore, Tan Kah Kee Foundation, The Guardian, The Music Society Singapore, TransArtists, Teater Ekamatra, The Esplanade Company Limited, Urban Redevelopment Authority, Visual Arts Development Association Singapore, Western Arts Alliance, Wikihow and Working Group for Dancers' Advocacy.


 

 

 

The Arts Resource Hub is a pilot initiative by NAC Singapore, supported by MCCY.

nac_eng_logo          mccy logo