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Finding Your Tribe

Even while your work as an arts freelancer is mostly independent, knowing there are communities of like-minded practitioners that you can connect with can be a great source of support. We hope that one of these will be the right fit for you, or that you will perhaps be inspired to set up your own.

Whether you are a student who is just graduating, someone returning from having been away from Singapore for some time, or perhaps an arts veteran wanting to connect with peers who share your passion, plugging into a community of like-minded people can be an enriching way to be re-inspired, supported and to catalyse collaborations.

We have listed some arts communities here, and for sure, the list is not exhaustive. If you know of any arts groups that should be added to this list, please email us here.

 

Multi-Disciplinary Arts

CENTRE 42

A theatre development space committed to the creation, documentation and promotion of texts and writings for the Singapore stage.

https://centre42.sg/

 

PRODUCERS SG

A community network for independent producers, arts managers and self-producing artists in Singapore.

https://producers.sg/

 

SIX DEGREES

A ground-up community of people from the arts and creative industries who values freedom, independence and originality.

http://www.sixdegrees.asia/welcome

 

THE ARTGROUND

A place that provides positive arts experiences across a variety of art forms for children aged 12 and under in an accessible space where families can feel at ease to come to, to learn and be curious.

https://theartground.com.sg/

 

VERY SPECIAL ARTS SINGAPORE

VSA offers a slew of arts programmes for persons with special needs, such as arts for livelihood and employment, arts for performance and expression, as well as giving a voice to individual creative expression. 

https://www.vsa.org.sg

 

 

Performing Arts

DANCE

DANCE NUCLEUS

A space for practice-based research, creative development and knowledge production for independent and contemporary performance.

http://www.dancenucleus.com/

 

WORKING GROUP FOR DANCERS’ ADVOCACY

WGDA is an informal group concerned with the welfare and working conditions of professional dancers in Singapore.

https://sgdancersadvocacy.wordpress.com

 

MUSIC

BAND DIRECTOR'S ASSOCIATION

This Association is for professional band directors who direct and teach wind/brass bands in Singapore schools, tertiary institutions and community groups.

http://bdas.org.sg

 

CHORAL DIRECTOR'S ASSOCIATION, SINGAPORE

The Association promotes the art of choral singing in Singapore and provides assistance to the continued development of its members. 

https://www.cdasingapore.com/

 

COMPASS

The Composers and Authors Society of Singapore protects and promotes the copyright interests of composers, authors and publishers of musical works and their related lyrics.

https://www.compass.org.sg

 

MUSICIANS GUILD OF SINGAPORE

Dedicated to supporting the livelihood, career and professional development needs of musicians working in Singapore, this professional association aims to nurture a community with shared values, cooperation and personal empowerment.

https://www.musicians.sg


SINGAPORE MUSIC TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION

SMTA promotes the art, science and practice of music teaching and the consideration and discussion of all questions affecting the profession. It also promotes musical advancement among members through activities such as competitions and outreach, continuing education and scholarships.

www.smtasingapore.com

 

SGMUSO

SGMUSO is a non-profit entity that supports artistry, business and production by developing skills and creating opportunities. It looks beyond genre, culture and language, and supports the growth of the music industry both at home and away.

https://www.sgmuso.org

 

Literary Arts

SING LIT STATION

Sing Lit Station’s core mission is to serve the local literary community of writers and readers through creating a space for writers to grow their artistic and professional lives, inviting readers to explore Singapore’s literary culture, and work with partners to build inclusive and dynamic communities.

http://www.singlitstation.com

 

SINGAPORE BOOK COUNCIL

SBC supports Singapore authors and literature with a mission to develop, support and advocate a multicultural literary arts sector in Singapore.

https://bookcouncil.sg

 

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Visual Arts

VISUAL ARTS DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION SINGAPORE

VADA is a not-for-profit arts organisation that designs and facilitates programmes for Singapore’s visual arts community. It also provides platforms for presentation along with practical experience and mentoring by industry experts.

http://www.vada.org.sg

 

SCULPTURE

SCULPTURE SOCIETY (SINGAPORE)

The Sculpture Society is the first society in Singapore dedicated to nurture public appreciation of sculpture as an art form. Established in May 2001, it is a non-profit organisation which is active in advocating the artistic development of its members through exhibitions, workshops and symposiums.

http://sculpturesociety.org.sg/

 

PAINTING

SINGAPORE TEACHERS' ART SOCIETY

This Society is open to all teachers and persons in the educational field who are interested in art, especially in painting.

http://www.stas.sg/

 

THE SINGAPORE WATERCOLOUR SOCIETY

SWS was established in 1969 to promote watercolour painting in Singapore and provide local watercolourists with greater opportunities to showcase their works.

https://watercolour.org.sg


PHOTOGRAPHY

PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ASSOCIATION (SINGAPORE)

This association offers a platform to protect and advance the professional photography fraternity here in Singapore by developing and uplifting the image, skills, morale and welfare of professional photographers in Singapore.

https://ppas.sg

 

Arts Education

NATIONAL INSTRUCTORS AND COACHES ASSOCIATION

NICA was formed to represent the instructors and coaches in the field of sports, outdoor adventures/learning, fitness, wellness, visual arts and performing arts. Check out the three links below for more information.

https://www.facebook.com/nicasingapore/

https://www.ntuc.org.sg/wps/portal/up2/home/news/article/articledetails?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/Content_Library/ntuc/home/about%20ntuc/newsroom/media%20releases/34fa9fd3-1539-4179-8b5e-b7fea0864c22

http://www.labourbeat.org/2018/08/13/getting-know-nica/

 

SINGAPORE DRAMA EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION

SDEA is a not-for-profit organisation started by a group of artists and drama educators whose mission is to advance the profession of the drama/theatre educator and advocate for the practice and value of drama and theatre in performance, education and community.

https://sdea.org.sg