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Open Call for Community Arts Residencies 2020

(published on 3 June 2020)

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Keen to develop your artistic practice, to explore and create art with various communities in Singapore?

NAC is pleased to annouce this Open Call for Community Arts Residencies at Indian Heritage Centre, Buangkok Square, Loyang Point and Yishun Park Hawker Centre from August 2020 to January 2021. These Residencies aim to support practising artists in advancing the field of community arts in Singapore by providing opportunities to co-create with different communities.

If you're an artist who works with communities, or know someone who is, please refer to the Arts For All website for more information. Closing date is 30 June, 6pm.

 

Virtual Career Fair for SGUnited Jobs

(published on 3 June 2020)

The SGUnited Jobs initiative aims to match jobseekers to jobs available, including those that are created to help fight COVID-19. It will also help businesses that are recruiting for the eventual recovery, and those with short-term manpower needs due to disruptions in labour supply.

Through the Virtual Career Fair (VCF), it allows jobseekers to interact with employers virtually for interviews, and access career-related resources and insights to assist them in their job search. The next VCF will be running from 1st -14th June.

This is an initiative by Workforce Singapore (WSG).
The VCF can be accessed at www.sgunitedjobs.gov.sg.

 

Last call for proposals for Singapore Art Week 2021!

(published on 2 June 2020)

Last call Singapore Art Week 2021
Singapore Art Week returns for its ninth edition from 22 to 30 January 2021 next year! Interested in creating a digital visual arts experience? Thinking of organising an exhibition involving collaborations between local and international artists?

Submit your exciting ideas by 8 June, 5pm! Don’t miss the chance to be part of the upcoming edition as #ArtTakesOver island wide with both physical and digital manifestations of art experiences. You may visit https://www.artweek.sg/2021-open-call for more information.

 

 

 

Topline Survey Findings - The Impact of COVID-19 on Arts Self-Employed Persons/Freelancers in Singapore

(published on 30 May 2020)

NAC ran an online survey from 27 Mar - 5 April to understand the impact of COVID-19 on freelancers and the self-employed within the arts community. You can refer to the Topline Survey Results Infographic for an overview of the results.

There were 2,034 survey respondents, of which more than 50% were under 35 years of age. The top three art forms represented were: 41% in Visual Arts, 32% in Music and 27% in Theatre. Of the total respondents, the top three job categories they belonged to were: 52% in Creative & Performance, 31% in arts education and applied arts and 11% in Technical & Specialist Services.

91% of respondents were affected by project cancellations, and 85% affected by projected postponements, with the creative & performance jobs most impacted. For Jan-Mar 2020, 54% of respondents had lost more than half of their income compared to the year before, with people expecting their total income from the arts for 2020 to decrease by 70%.

The survey findings point to the freelancer arts community having been significantly impacted by COVID-19. Such findings and data have helped shape government support schemes and programmes. These include the NAC’s new funding schemes such as the Digital Presentation Grant and the Capability Development Scheme for the Arts, which were created in response to COVID-19,  as well as the talks organised by ARH. NAC will continue to gather feedback and conduct surveys/polls to better assess the impact and effectiveness of the support schemes that we have put out.

For the latest information on our support schemes, please refer to the update here.


Open Call for Digital Arts Projects for seniors!

(published on 29 May 2020)

 

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Have an exciting idea on how everyday technology can engage seniors creatively at home?

The National Arts Council (NAC) is looking for artists to propose, and test innovative possibilities in engaging seniors through arts activities availed digitally or remotely.

If you're an artist, or know of one who would like to be part of this project, click here to find out more about this Open Call. Closing date is 12 June, 5pm.

 

Update on NAC’s support for the arts self-employed persons and freelancers through the Arts and Culture Resilience Package (ACRP)

(published on 19 May 2020, 1530hr)

A variety of support schemes have been announced by the Government over the past two months aimed at supporting SEPs and companies in the arts sector. Most notably, the$55 million Arts and Culture Resilience Package (ACRP)provides support and opportunities for our arts organisations and Arts Freelancers/Self-Employed Persons (SEPs), along with developing longer-term capabilities for the post-COVID-19 recovery. Please visit our ARH website for regular updates relevant to our arts freelancers/SEPs.

To date, through the ACRP, NAC has:

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NAC has also engaged about 70 SEPs through the ‘Ask NAC’ sessions over a course of 6 weeks in Mar and April. These engagement sessions have helped us understand the key concerns of arts SEPs and enabled clarifying conversations about both NAC’s and other whole-of-government support measures.

 

Alleviating Impact of Income Loss
Measures aimed at offering practical, financial support to SEPs

The arts sector has been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, with many SEPs facing a sudden stoppage to current and future income streams. The measures for SEPs announced by DPM Heng Swee Keat to help tide SEPs through this period of economic uncertainty, apply to the arts as well. 

Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme (SIRS)

Eligible SEPs will receive three quarterly payouts of $3,000 each in end-May, July and October 2020.

 

About 100,000 SEPs will automatically benefit from SIRS. Eligibility criteria has been further expanded after taking in feedback, and the appeals process with NTUC is currently open.

MOE’s support for arts instructors

MOE has introduced new measures to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on MOE instructors and coaches, which include arts instructors as well. MOE will be providing instructors the option to restructure their existing contracts, coupled with extending their existing contracts and receiving advanced payments for work done in year 2020. More details on these measures here.

NAC’s existing grant schemes

Existing NAC grant schemes continue to be available to arts SEPs who might wish to use this time to focus on the creation of new works or research e.g. our Creation, Production and Research Grant schemes.

 

Sustaining Audience Reach through Digitalisation 
Supporting arts SEPs to build digital capabilities and showcase digital content

NAC is aware that digital arts experiences for audiences cannot replace live arts experiences. While we also look forward to going back into the theatres to experience the arts fully, the reality is that for now, this is not possible. In a world post-COVID-19, NAC expects that digital forms will complement physical forms, with our grants likely refined to respond to the new normal. 

It is hence important to cultivate an audience who will continue to support the arts in different forms of presentation, and build necessary capabilities amongst artists now. We encourage our artists to explore areas such as digital creation, presentation and audience engagement so that you will be better positioned for the days ahead.

Unified Digital Platform

NAC has launched the #SGCultureAnywhere campaign to enhance the visibility of Singapore’s arts and culture, both locally and abroad, during this period.

 

Digital arts and culture content is being released on the #SGCultureAnywhere site, a one-stop centre to showcase the best of Singapore’s arts and culture content. The arts community is encouraged to join other cultural institutions like Esplanade, National Gallery and our museums, to contribute to this campaign.

 

To access the best of #SGCultureAnywhere, please visit A List Singapore (www.a-list.sg).

Digital Presentation Grant

NAC is supporting artists to present their work in digital forms or via digital mediums with the introduction of the Digital Presentation Grant for the Arts. We have since seen encouraging influx of applications that show the adaptability and willingness of artists to embark on the digitisation journey.

 

We understand that more time might be needed to put together the application and work on the projects if awarded, especially under the circuit breaker period. We have extended the application window from 30 June to 31 July 2020 and the project completion date from 30 September to 30 December 2020.

 

Developing Capabilities to be Future Ready 
Support for training to be ready for post-COVID-19 recovery

NAC has made additional funding available for training, along with commissioned arts-specific courses and talks that are relevant to the arts SEPs.We hope there will be more arts SEPs who are keen to take up training and development to prepare for the post-COVID-19 recovery.

Capability Development Scheme for the Arts (CDSA)

Arts SEPs who apply for the CDSA may receive up to $1,000 of funding to offset their course fees by up to 90% and receive training allowance of $10/hr.With immediate effect, CDSA grants awarded to SEPs will be disbursed with 50% paid upfront and the remainder following successful completion of the course, so financial difficulty is not a limiting factor to take up training. To enable more arts SEPs to tap on the funding, the application period is extended from 30 June to 31 July 2020.

 

A non-exhaustive list of online courses, both local and overseas, have been identified and posted for ease of reference. Beyond these, applicants can do a search themselves for suitable courses as a wide range of programmes are eligible, as long as the training areas are relevant to the arts and culture sector.

NAC Commissioned Online Courses

NAC is working with some of our more established arts companies in offering training programmes to interested artists. The contributions and experiences our companies can bring to the table, will offer rich sharing contextualised to our local context. We hope that these courses will be fully tapped on when they are launched.

ARH Talks

ARH has been offering talks to the arts community since end-2019, in the areas of finance, legal and mental wellness. Over time, we have taken in suggestions from our subscribers on what else the talks can cover to be more relevant to arts SEPs’ needs.

 

We will be expanding the scope and format of our talks, along with the range of speakers through the year. This will include a new track that features sharing by SEPs to SEPs rolling out in May.

 

In these uncertain times, NAC will do our utmost to sustain the arts sector as best we can, whilst continuing to plan ahead for what the future of arts creation, presentation and engagement might hold. The ACRP is a valuable reserve for the arts and culture sector that will last till the end of 2020, and will be flexible in design to respond to the impact of Covid-19 on the sector.

Together, we can stay resilient in the face of changes as we prepare for a post-COVID-19 world.  These changes will be significant not only for the nature of arts creation and presentation, but also in how audiences will want to access the arts, and how we can continue to deliver strong social outcomes for patrons of the arts. 

We will continue to provide periodic updates on NAC’s support during this COVID-19 period for arts SEPs here and arts companies on our corporate site.

For a list of other support measures available in the creative and media sector, please refer to the links below:

 

 

Open Call for Mapletree Arts in the City!

Our friends from Mapletree are calling out to local artists and arts groups to submit a performance proposal for their online series, Mapletree Arts in the City on Air!

Mapletree Arts in the City brings the arts closer to the working communities through lunch-time performances at Mapletree Business City. This new online series was recently launched on 7 May to cheer on our frontline workers and those at home, with performances every Thursday and Saturday over the next two months. Visit Mapletree Arts in the City on YouTube to find out more about the programme: 

For more information on how to submit your proposal, head over to their Facebook post to learn more.

 

 

Applications for the Digital Presentation Grant are now open!

(published on 14 April 2020)

It is important for Singaporeans to have continued access to the arts as well as for the livelihoods of our practitioners to be sustained. As part of the Arts and Culture Resilience Package (ACRP) announced on 7 April, these additional support measures will protect livelihoods, help businesses overcome immediate challenges, and strengthen economic and social resilience. 

Under the ACRP, the Digital Presentation Grant (DPG) aims to support efforts by artists and arts organisations to present their work in digital form or via digital mediums and develop capabilities in digital art content production. The DPG is now open for applications from 14 April to 30 June 2020 (5pm), and projects should be completed by 30 September 2020. Successful applicants may receive up to $20,000 per project.

To learn more about the guidelines and application process of the DPG scheme or the entire Arts and Culture Resilience Package (ACRP), please head over here.

 

Download this infographic for a quick reference on the support measures relevant to arts SEPs.

 

 

Ask NAC! – Engagement Sessions for Arts Self-Employed Persons (SEPs)

 

If you are an arts SEP with enquiries regarding grant schemes under NAC’s Arts and Culture Resilience Package (ACRP), the ARH is organising engagement sessions with Tay Tong, Chua Ai Liang and Linda Dorothy de Mello, from the National Arts Council (NAC). This is part of the ARH’s ongoing efforts to be a resource to arts SEPs.

 

Interested parties can register to join in on any of the sessions available. More information can be found on the events listings here.

 

 

 

Closure of ARH@GAC and ARH@SAC Spaces

With the recent announcement on the Circuit Breaker measures, we are temporarily closing access to both ARH Spaces at Goodman Arts Centre and Stamford Arts Centre from Apr 7 to May 4. Both the Goodman Arts Centre and Stamford Arts Centre will be closed, including the ARH workspaces in these two venues. We encourage our artists to work online as best they can and continue to reach out to the community digitally and engage in training online. Our NAC offices are closed during this period, but please be assured that it’s business as usual for us and we’re are still reachable via our emails. ARH will also remain active online with our monthly virtual talks.

To read more about the Circuit Breaker measures, please click here.

 

New Support Package for Arts Freelancers

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all of Singapore, including the arts and culture scene. The National Arts Council has engaged many Singaporean arts practitioners over the past 2 months. We know many have been affected, and as an initial response, NAC had introduced the first tranche of measures on 16 March 2020 to support Self-Employed Persons*(SEP) in the arts. The information on these support measures was shared in our Latest Announcements.

On March 26, a second support package was announced by DPM Heng Swee Keat, including measures intended to bring some relief to Singaporean SEPs across all industries. The SEP Income Relief Scheme will provide eligible SEPs with S$1,000 a month for nine months. The SEP Training Support Scheme will be extended to December and its hourly training allowance raised from S$7.50 to S$10 from May 1 onwards.

Specific to arts freelancers, MCCY will announce further extensions to the Capability Development Scheme for the Arts (CDSA) and new initiatives to enable the digital presentation of our Singaporean artistic talents. More details will be released at a later date. We know the heightened distancing measures taking effect from today (March 26) mean additional challenges for everyone, so we hope all these new initiatives will help address concerns in the arts community.

*Self-Employed Persons, commonly referred to as freelancers, are persons who operate their own trade or business. They are not casual, temporary, or term contract employees who are on employment contracts for fixed periods of time.

 

[Updated 16 Mar 2020] Launch of National Arts Council's Capability Development Scheme for the Arts (CDSA) - New Measures to Support Arts Community during COVID-19

Budget 2020 introduced a number of measures to help Singaporean workers overcome current challenges in light of the COVID-outbreak. Self-Employed Persons (SEPs) in the arts make up about half of the arts and culture sector. We are pleased to share that arts SEPs can access a range of support schemes, including greater training support that was previously announced, as well as the Capability Development Scheme for the Arts (CDSA), launched by the National Arts Council (NAC) on 16 March 2020.

 

Next Bound of SkillsFuture 

$500 SkillsFuture Credit top-up for adult Singaporeans aged 25 and above

SkillsFuture Mid-Career Support Package

Special $500 SkillsFuture Credit top-up for Singaporeans aged 40 to 60

NTUC Training Fund (SEPS)

All SEPs will be entitled to $7.50/hour of training allowance for SkillsFuture series courses and selected sector-specific training programmes. This will be increased to $10/hour from May 1 onwards. 

More information is available here

NAC’s Capability Development Scheme for the Arts (CDSA)

This is a one-time grant for eligible arts SEPs to take up training to enhance their practice or professional skills. Eligible individuals may apply for the grant to support their course fees for local courses and programmes.

Applications are now open 16 March 2020 to 30 June 2020, 5pm via the NAC website. This CDSA is also open to NAC's Major Companies and Seed Grant Companies (MCSGs), and non-MCSG arts organisations and companies.

 

For more information on training and courses, please click here.

 

 

Venue Hire Subsidy

 

Additionally, we are also pleased to share that a 30% subsidy for venue rental and associated costs will be offered for venues with a capacity of less than 1000, to run your programmes.

 

The subsidy is applicable at national cultural institutions for arts and culture activities, including productions, workshops and masterclasses taking place from 7 March to 30 June 2020. These institutions include:

  • The Esplanade
  • National Gallery Singapore
  • STPI
  • Venues managed by Arts House Limited (i.e. Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, Drama Centre, Goodman Arts Centre, Aliwal Arts Centre)
  • Stamford Arts Centre
  • Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
  • Singapore Conference Hall and
  • National Heritage Board Museums


For more information on this subsidy, you can get in touch with the respective venues.

We encourage you to continue to run your programmes, and take advantage of the schemes during this period to upgrade your skills and competencies. Do contact the Arts Resource Hub at email: artsresourcehub@nac.gov.sg if you have further enquiries on the schemes.

Further Update on Arts Resource Hub @ 42 Waterloo Street

(published on 6th February 2020, 1700h)

Following Arts Resource Hub’s last announcement on (ARH) @ 42 Waterloo Street (42WS) on 29 Jan, there have been more developments to share.

  • 42WS renovations will take place until the end of 2020/ early 2021.
  • The current spaces (i.e. black box, rehearsal studio, library, meeting room) will be renovated with structural improvements and disability access.
  • After renovations, the theatre intermediary C42 will return to its office in the annexe building. C42 will continue to have access to the spaces for its core work in supporting artists, practitioners and new work creation.
  • Spaces will remain available for all arts freelancers/independent practitioners to use at similar rates.
  • The ARH will continue to work on programmes to support independent practitioners. All practitioners will have access to these spaces, as well as co-working and hot-desking facilities at GAC and SAC for meetings and administrative work.
  • As the ARH maps out the upgrade of 42WS, NAC will also continue to gather feedback together with the C42 team on the improvements to be made to the spaces.

 

Update on Arts Resource Hub @ 42 Waterloo Street

(published on 29th January 2020, 2015h)

The Arts Resource Hub (ARH) is an initiative by the National Arts Council (NAC) to support freelancers in the arts, who make up almost half of the practitioners in the community. Following the launch of the web portal in September 2019 and a series of talks focusing on self-sustainability since November 2019, NAC also launched two spaces at Goodman Arts Centre (GAC) and Stamford Arts Centre (SAC) at the start of the year.

As part of the freelancer support, the pre-war bungalow at 42 Waterloo Street (42WS) was identified as the main site for the ARH as it is in a central location and will better serve the larger arts community. NAC is committed to an ARH with spaces available for the whole community - for rehearsals, discussions and presentations – and support artists and writers in the performing arts, visual arts and literary arts.

In refurbishing the new ARH at 42WS, NAC has been in conversations with the current tenant Centre 42 (C42) since 2018 to understand their needs as they are invited to return to the ARH as a tenant after the refurbishment. NAC is confident C42 can continue to play its intermediary role in the theatre scene in the 42WS premises after the renovation.  

Background of 42WS and C42

In 2013, to address the needs of the performing arts landscape, NAC identified the necessity to have an incubation space for the development of multilingual works, playwriting and directing talents for Singapore theatre. The space could also be a centre for research, documentation and discourse, enabling theatre practitioners and the larger community to examine how Singapore theatre has evolved historically and will continue to grow.

C42 was established through an open call in July 2013 conducted by NAC. The intent was to establish a centre for the development of text-based works for Singapore theatre, with the aim to nurture and develop our creative talents in producing distinctive content. Over the last six years, NAC has supported the company with both subsidised spaces and organisational funding.

42WS Plans

After the six-month renovation of 42 Waterloo Street, which will incorporate structural improvements and disability access, the new facilities will be more inclusive and benefit a wide group of practitioners. NAC will work with C42 to ensure that they will continue to serve the theatre community in their role as a valued intermediary. NAC has therefore renewed its partnership with C42 for another three years.

While the co-working spaces at GAC and SAC can be used by arts freelancers for their meetings and administrative work, the ARH at 42WS will serve a different function for the wider arts community as a multi-disciplinary space. 90% of this 512 square metre compound will continue to serve the needs of arts practitioners as creation, rehearsal and presentation-related spaces, while the remaining 10% will be shared between the ARH team and C42 as administration space. Parts of the current site will also be enhanced with amenities such as air-conditioning for comfort, and a chair-lift to improve wheelchair accessibility to the space.

We appreciate the feedback from the community about our support for the freelance community and the future of 42WS. We are also heartened to have heard from visual artists and literary writers who are looking forward to the new ARH at 42WS. Together, let us make this space better equipped for the future of Singapore’s arts scene and inclusive for the whole arts sector. 

 

 

ARH@GAC and ARH@SAC are now open!

ARH Spaces now open

 

We are happy to announce that the co-working spaces for arts freelancers at ARH@SAC (Room #03-03) and ARH@GAC (Blk K, Room #01-45) are now open! They will be available for ARH subscribers for a trial period until Mar 2020 via PIN access. These spaces will provide facilities for arts freelancers to hot-desk, hold meetings, network and share collaboration opportunities with one another. 

Feel free to share this news with your freelance arts stakeholders who may find the facilities useful for their work! Arts freelancers will have to sign up as an ARH subscriber before gaining the free trial usage of the spaces.

Feel free to approach the ARH team if you have any questions on ARH and the co-working spaces!