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[Latest Advisory] Easing of SMMS for Arts and Culture Stakeholders in Phase 3

On 24 March 2021, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced that Singapore will be expanding our vaccination programme, and as we vaccinate more of our population, more economic and community activities will be allowed to resume.

For key updates to safe management measures (SMMs) for arts and culture stakeholders, please visit: https://www.nac.gov.sg/whatwedo/support/sustaining-the-arts-during-covid-19/Arts-and-Culture-Sector-Advisories.html 

For the latest MOH advisories on COVID-19, please visit: https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19 

New Self-Employed Person (SEP) Grant for arts and culture freelancers announced by Minister MCCY at Budget 2021

On 8 March 2021, Minister Edwin Tong announced a new $20M enhancement to the Arts and Culture Resilience Package (ACRP) to enable continued support for arts groups and artists, as live performances and other cultural activities gradually resume, bringing the total Covid-19 support for arts and culture sector to $75M. 

As part of this enhanced support, a new Self-Employed Person (SEP) Grant for arts and culture freelancers will be introduced to encourage collaborations with each other, or with other organisations. Projects can include (and are not limited to) live performances, digital presentations or skills development, with priority given to projects that benefit a larger number of freelancers, are digital or involve capability development. Successful projects stand to receive up to $50,000. This project-based support will complement other broad-based support measures, such as the COVID-19 Recovery Grant.

The SEP Grant is set to launch by June 2021, following engagements to scope this grant further. More details will be released soon.  

Find out more about the full suite of ACRP enhancements here

Extension to ARH Co-Working Spaces Opening Hours – Starting 19 January 2021!

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Following our nation’s move into Phase 3, we are happy to share that the opening hours of the Arts Resource Hub’s (ARH) two co-working spaces at ARH@GAC and ARH@SAC will be extended! Starting 19 January 2021, another 3-hour block will be added from 10am – 1pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays, in addition to the current 3-hour block from 2pm – 5pm for reservations/walk-ins!

 

Reservation/Walk-In

ARH subscribers who are keen to utilise the spaces can either:

  • Submit the reservation form here at least 24 hours before your scheduled visiting time; or
  • Walk-in during opening hours. Admission is subject to the number of people using the space at that point in time (Maximum of 14 users per operating time block)
  • Priority will be given to subscribers with reservations

No external guests will be allowed into the space during these restricted opening hours.

Reservation is taken as confirmed unless notified.

 

Enhanced Operating Guidelines

To ensure the safety of our subscribers, and to manage the number of users in each space, the following additional measures will be implemented:

 

At the door:

  • Subscribers will be greeted by our friendly ARH co-working spaces sitters
  • Check-in using SafeEntry QR codes or Tracetogether app to allow contact tracing if required
  • Temperature-taking to be done at the entrance of GAC/SAC
  • All walk-in subscribers with no prior reservations are to fill in the ARH reservation form

 

While using the space:

  • Masks must be worn at all times
  • All users to maintain at least 1 metre apart at all times
  • All food and drinks will not be allowed to be consumed in the space
  • The hot beverage machine will not be in use
  • Only the water dispenser will remain operating
  • Wi-Fi, printers will remain operating as per usual
  • Meeting room can still be used if discussions are required
  • Maximum of 14 users allowed per co-working space, with no more than 8 per table

Phase Three of Re-opening For Arts and Culture Stakeholders

On 14 December 2020, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced that Singapore would start Phase Three of Re-opening from 28 December 2020.

For updated guidelines for the Arts and Culture sector, please visit:
https://www.nac.gov.sg/whatwedo/support/sustaining-the-arts-during-covid-19/Arts-and-Culture-Sector-Advisories.html

For the latest MOH advisories on COVID-19, please visit:
https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19

 

COVID-19 Recovery Grant (CRG)

Given the protracted economic impact of COVID-19, the COVID-19 Recovery Grant (CRG) has been launched by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) to offer targeted support for individuals who remain significantly affected by job or income loss despite existing Government support schemes. The grant is now open for application, from 18 Jan to 31 Dec 2021, 9am to 10pm daily (including weekends and public holidays). Click here to apply.

For SEPs who meet the eligibility criteria, the CRG can potentially provide support of up to $500/month for 3 months, if there has been a loss of at least 50% Net Trade Income (NTI) on average for at least 3 consecutive months. As such, application eligibility will also depend on SEPs having declared annual NTI to IRAS in 2019/2020. Previous recipients of the COVID-19 Support Grant (CSG) and Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme (SIRS) can also apply for the CRG if they continue to require assistance. More details on the grant are available here.

If you need help filling in the application form, please call the ComCare Call hotline (1800-222-0000), email ask_sso@msf.gov.sg, or visit your nearest Social Service Office (go.gov.sg/ssolocator) for assistance.

NAC Emerging Stronger Conversations with the Arts Community: Arts & Creative Self Employed Persons

In June 2019, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat launched the Singapore Together movement, signaling a shift towards a Public Service that works together with citizens on goals and aspirations for Singapore. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the arts sector in Singapore significantly. With the Singapore Together movement, there is added impetus for the arts community to have conversations to learn from each other, and re-think how we can move forward. As Singapore and the arts sector slowly begin to re-open in a safe and calibrated manner, this crisis of our generation presents an opportunity for the sector to come together and reflect on what we have learnt, reimagine a future for the arts that we desire, and emerge stronger.

On 11 Dec 2020, the Chairman of the National Arts Council Ms Goh Swee Chen hosted the Emerging Stronger Conversation with arts & creative self-employed persons (SEPs), including stakeholders such as key advocates for freelancers and leaders of ground-up initiatives. During the session, participants discussed how the future of arts & creative SEPs would look like in the new normal, and how arts & creative SEPs can thrive in the post-pandemic world. The key points from the discussion were:
 

  • Digitalisation has provided both opportunities and obstacles during COVID-19


As arts and creative SEPs started moving their work online, they found both new opportunities and challenges in the digital sphere. The online space has helped SEPs connect with audiences during the pandemic, and expanded possibilities for international collaborations. However, participants noted that going digital also resulted in an increased workload due to the new skills required to independently present digital works, and at times without additional remuneration. It is important that arts and creative SEPs are supported with the capabilities to work online to generate revenue, while concurrently relooking at how audiences appreciate and value the arts in this new format of delivery.
 

  • Support systems need to be in place to protect arts and creative SEPs


Participants were appreciative of the current grant schemes, such as the Digital Presentation Grant (DPG), which enabled arts workers to pivot to the production of new, digital content during the pandemic. However, enhancing the capability of freelancers, including legal knowledge, IP rights, etc were identified as important areas to ensure the sustainability of arts and creative SEPs during the pandemic and beyond. Participants also suggested to have more opportunities for independent artists to present their works beyond major festival and platforms, to support the creation of works and sharing of resources among SEPs, which will help to develop capabilities and establish collaborations within the ecosystem.
 

  • Building local and international eco-systems for SEPs to flourish


Besides government schemes - community support, self-help and connections among SEPs allowed them to respond swiftly to changes during COVID-19. SEPs were also energised by cross-sector collaborations for art-making, and hoped for more of such opportunities to be available. COVID-19 had also brought on unexpected collaborations with international artists, allowing for mutual learning beyond geographical borders. Singaporean arts practitioners who gained skills and experience internationally could more actively share their learnings with others, to build capabilities for the local arts eco-system. Such mutual learning and collaboration need to be in place for SEPs to develop holistically in their careers.

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NAC Emerging Stronger Conversations with the Arts Community

In June 2019, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat launched the Singapore Together movement, signaling a shift towards a Public Service that works together with citizens on goals and aspirations for Singapore. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the arts industry in Singapore greatly. With the Singapore Together movement, there is added impetus for the arts community to have conversations to learn from each other, and re-think how we can move forward. As Singapore and the arts sector slowly begin to re-open in a safe and calibrated manner, this crisis of our generation presents an opportunity for the sector to come together and reflect on what we have learnt, reimagine a future for the arts that we desire, and emerge stronger.

On 1 Dec 2020, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong hosted the Emerging Stronger Conversation with the arts community, including stakeholders such as arts companies, representatives from our cultural institutions and partners from the technology/digital sector. During the session, the arts community discussed how the future of arts would look like in the new normal, and how the sector and government can work together to progress effectively in the post-pandemic world for a “better” normal. The key points from the discussion were:

  • Digitalisation needs to be an innovative and collaborative effort

With COVID-19, digital and blended presentations have become the way forward, providing new ways of experiencing the arts for audiences. The digital space has provided both opportunities and challenges for local arts groups. The online space has helped arts groups transcend physical boundaries to reach audiences, particularly during the Circuit Breaker period when many free programmes were offered to the public. However, there is a need to rethink arts business models for arts and culture offerings to be presented to audiences in a sustainable manner, such as monetising digital works and the protection of intellectual property in the digital space. Arts groups would also need to build their capabilities to increase the production quality of their digital works, and to be innovative in finding new modes where digital formats can complement and enrich physical arts offerings for audiences. Collaboration between the partners in arts industry and the digital and technology sector is therefore necessary in order to enable the arts sector to grow and thrive in this new normal.

Ultimately, digitalisation complements rather than replaces physical events and performances. While the pandemic has pushed the arts community in growing its digital capabilities, human connection and physical participation remains an important part of the arts sector.

  • Strengthening outreach to our audiences and partners

While the online space has enabled arts groups to expand their audience outreach, there is competition from burgeoning international arts content and other forms of digital media. It is necessary to consider new ways to retain and grow these audiences, both online and in physical spaces. This can be achieved by innovating new forms of audience experiences. Hybrid solutions, such as a blended experience of live and digital presentations, may also strengthen the community’s outreach to audiences, as audiences still value real life interactions and look for new forms of arts experiences.

Additionally, participants discussed the importance of joint solutioning within and outside the arts sector, and building public-private partnerships for the sector. These partnerships can strengthen the industry’s existing capabilities to adapt quickly and find new ways to reach audiences.

  • Strengthening knowledge and resource sharing, within and beyond the arts sector

The arts community also highlighted the importance of sharing resources in order to safeguard the livelihoods and capabilities of the sector. Smaller arts groups and artists especially require support from arts sector and technological partners in order to build the infrastructure and capabilities to pivot to digitalisation. There is a need to find new ways to collaborate and share knowledge between the arts community and the private sector partners on various issues, from safe management measures, to resources and venues or spaces, to creative and technological capabilities. Finally, clustered and shared solutioning is necessary to address the specific and shared concerns of the arts community, whether within their disciplines or across the sector. Deeper conversations involving different types of stakeholders would be necessary to promote knowledge and resource sharing, so that the arts community can survive and thrive in the new normal.

 

Applications for Large-Scale and Outdoor Live Performance Pilot Events

1. Small scale indoor live performances of up to two zones of 50 audience members were allowed to resume at permitted venues from 1 November 2020. As indicated in the National Arts Council’s (NAC’s) advisory on ”Resumption of Indoor Live Performances”, NAC will also pilot larger scale performances at venues that can safely accommodate larger numbers, and at outdoor venues which are able to ensure safe distance among the audience members and safely manage crowds at the periphery. These are part of the gradual resumption of activities for the arts and cultural sector.

2. With immediate effect, NAC and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) are accepting applications for the pilots for (a) indoor live performances of up to 250 audience members (five zones of up to 50 audience members each); and (b) outdoor live performances of up to 100 audience members (two zones of up to 50 audience members each). 

Submission of Application

3. Arts and culture organisations may submit an application to NAC_Feedback@nac.gov.sg for NAC’s assessment. Event organisers of conventions, tradeshows, concerts and other events may submit their applications to leisureevents@stb.gov.sg for STB’s assessment.  The application form can be found at Annex and must be completed in full. 

4. Applicants must also submit an event proposal together with their application.  The event proposal should comply with and include the safe management measures (SMMs) that would be implemented to ensure the following outcomes required for piloting live performances in a safe and controlled manner (also indicated at Section E of the application form):

• Ensure proper separation/segregation of zones;

• Limit overall density and movement of audience members;

• Limit opportunities for and number of close contacts between individuals; and

• Ensure a safe and clean environment for employees and attendees.

5. Applicants should submit the application form and event proposal at least one month prior to the live performance to allow sufficient time for agencies to assess each application.  

6. For applications that are approved, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) will authorise the applicant  to carry out the live performance, indicating the SMMs that will need to be adhered to. Please note that there may be additional requirements, such as pre-event COVID-19 testing, which will be communicated by NAC/STB where applicable.

7. While the majority of the SMMs in the application form are drawn from the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020 and COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Performances and Other Activities – Control Order) Regulations 2020 (collectively “Control Orders”) and are summarised for convenience, these SMMs are not exhaustive and the prevailing Control Orders will take precedence in case of any inconsistency.

Enforcement of Safe Management Measures

8. Enforcement checks will be conducted to ensure compliance with SMMs. Enforcement action will be taken against organisations or individuals who hold live performances without approval and/or who fail to comply with the necessary SMMs.

9. Under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act passed in Parliament on 7 April 2020, first-time offenders may be fined up to $10,000, imprisoned up to six months, or both. Repeat offenders may be fined up to $20,000, imprisoned up to twelve months, or both. Also under the Act, businesses that are not compliant may be ordered to cease business activities or close altogether. Businesses that are not compliant may also be ineligible for government grants, loans, tax rebates and other assistance.

A Safe and Sustainable Re-Opening

10. MCCY, NAC and STB will monitor and review the outcomes of the pilots together with the participating arts and culture organisations and/or event organisers. The experiences with the pilots will be critical to our ongoing efforts to scale-up live performances. A safe and sustainable re-opening requires all of us to play our part. It is critical that we continue to exercise caution, adhere to SMMs, and practise social responsibility. Collectively, we can progressively re-open our economy and society while remaining safe.

11. For any queries, please email NAC_Feedback@nac.gov.sg

Annex - APPLICATION FORM FOR LIVE PERFORMANCE PILOT EVENTS

Arts and Culture Employment Survey (ACES) 2020

ACES

 

NAC is conducting the Arts and Culture Employment Study 2020 to better understand the current employment conditions, career motivations, professional development opportunities, as well as levels of digitalisation in the arts and culture sector. Working in the arts? Be heard and take part in this survey at https://go.gov.sg/aces2020!

Your responses are important in informing future policies and programmes that are catered to helping professionals like yourself further develop a career in the arts and culture sector.

 

 

As a token of appreciation for your time, the first 1,000 respondents who successfully complete the survey will receive a $30 e-voucher of your choice.

If you would like to find out about the current available COVID-19 support measures for the sector, please visit go.gov.sg/ACRP2020.

 

Resumption of Arts and Culture Classes, Lectures, Talks and Workshops

First issued on 19 June 2020
Updated on 17 November 2020 and 28 December 2020
 

Training classes and professional workshops may resume from 19 June 2020 (except for singing, voice training, playing of wind or brass instruments or other instruments that require intentional expulsion of air due to the higher health risks involved). All other arts and culture classes,lectures, tallks and workshops must adhere to the following requirements before they resume: 

  • Limit group size to no more than eight participants (excluding one instructor).
     
  • More than one group of eight may be permitted in the same room, as long as there is: 
  1. At least 1 metre spacing between all groups;
  2. No physical interaction or intermingling between different groups;
  3. No more than 50 persons in a single room.  
  • Masks should be worn as a default, except for instructors/speakers who may wear face shields only if teaching, and if remaining seated or standing generally in a fixed position at least 1 metre from others. If the class, lecture, talk or workshop involves performers for demonstration purposes, the performers will be subject to the live performance SMMs for those segments. When not performing (i.e. when the speaker/instructor is speaking), the performers will need to be masked even if they remain on stage.
     
  • Sharing of all other equipment (e.g. props, musical instruments and microphones) should be avoided as far as possible. If this cannot be done, the equipment should be thoroughly cleaned and/or disinfected before handled or used by others.
     
  • All surfaces are to be thoroughly cleaned and/or disinfected between classes and workshops.
     
  • Venues should be as well-ventilated as possible.

 

In addition to the above, the following requirements apply to classes, courses and workshops which involve physical activities (e.g. dance):

  • Masks can be taken off when performing strenuous activities, although it is still recommended as good practice even under such circumstances.
     
  • Unmasked participants should maintain at least 2 metres safe distance from others, and try to minimise physical contact as much as possible;
  • There should be a minimum of 3 metres spacing between each group, if more than one group is using the same venue.

 

Classes in singing, voice training, speech and drama, wind and brass instrument

First issued on 3 August 2020
Updated on 28 December 2020

Singing, voice training, speech and drama, and wind and brass instrument classes may resume from 3 August 2020, under controlled conditions because these activities pose a higher risk of virus transmission.  The organisers of these classes must ensure that they adhere to the following requirements:  
 

  • Limit group size to no more than eight participants (excluding one instructor), except for singing classes which are limited to one participant (excluding one instructor).
     
  • No more than one group is permitted in the same room.
     
  • Participants should maintain at least 2 metres safe distance from others at all times.
     
  • Participants should refrain from positioning themselves directly opposite each other, and when singing, should sing away from each other. If they cannot do so, they should maintain more than 2 metres safe distance from each other.
     
  • Masks must continue to be worn as a default, unless when unmasking is necessary for the training activity. If possible, face shields should be worn even when unmasked.
     
  • Instructors may wear face shields instead of masks only if speaking to the group in a classroom setting, where they largely remain at the spot from which they are speaking, and are able to maintain a safe distance away from any other persons. 
     
  • Specifically, for wind and brass instrument classes:
  1. Instructors should continue to wear masks even when singing or humming a passage of music to demonstrate how this should sound when played on the instrument.
     
  2. Participants should play on wind instruments which are fully intact, and refrain from training practices involving only parts of the instrument (e.g. mouthpiece buzzing, playing with just the lead pipe) to prevent droplet transmission.
     
  3. There should be no sharing of music instruments or parts thereof (e.g. mouthpieces, reeds).
     
  4. Liquids from instruments (i.e. condensation and saliva) must be collected and disposed of hygienically.
  • Sharing of all other equipment (e.g. props, microphones, mutes, music scores) should be avoided as far as possible. If this cannot be done, the equipment should be thoroughly cleaned and/or disinfected before handled or used by others.
     
  • All surfaces are to be thoroughly cleaned and/or disinfected between classes and workshops. 
     
  • Venues should be as well-ventilated as possible.

 

 

 

Resumption of Indoor Live Performances

(Updated as of 30 December 2020)

1. On 20 October 2020, MOH announced that indoor live performances would be allowed to resume at more venues from 1 November 2020, with up to two zones of 50 audience members. This follows the live performance pilots which were conducted from 11 September. On 14 December 2020, MOH announced that indoor live performances may have up to 250 members in zones of up to 50 persons each, subject to the prevailing Safe Management Measures (SMMs), from 28 December 2020.

2. This advisory focuses on the safe management measures that arts SEPs should observe for live performances. The full advisory on permitted venues, limits on number of production crew/performers and safe distancing required can be found here on the NAC website.

 

Safe Management Measures (SMMs)

3. The SMMs for live performances are at Annex A and have been developed with arts and culture stakeholders to ensure the safety of our performers, crews and audiences. They also take into account the learning points from the live performance pilots, which demonstrated how live performances could be staged safely with appropriate SMMs. 

4. In particular, arts SEPs should note that:

• Audience members are to be masked, not move around the venue during the performance and not directly participate in a live performance (e.g. singing or dancing or physical interaction with performers). A safe distance of 3m is to be maintained between audiences and performers at all times. 

• A maximum of 30 performers and crew are allowed on stage and backstage at any given time, with a maximum of 10 performers unmasked at any given time. While the 1m safe distance should be maintained otherwise, transient contact between performers during a performance is acceptable. 

• All unmasked performers engaged in singing and/or the playing of wind/brass instruments should maintain at least 2m safe distance from others. All unmasked performers are also encouraged to wear face shields while performing. 

• All performers and crew backstage must remain masked at all times unless absolutely necessary and practice safe distancing of 1m between individuals as far as possible. All equipment technical or otherwise should not be shared, or if unavoidable, should be disinfected between each new user. 

 

Details of the full "Required Safe Management Measures for Live Performances" is in Annex A below. 

5. By 24 November 2020, all persons entering live performance venues are required to check in to SafeEntry through either scanning the QR code using the TraceTogether App on their phone, or by presenting their TraceTogether Token to be scanned. Other check-in modes, such as using the phone’s camera, SingPass Mobile, other QR code reader apps, or using NRIC/FIN and other photo IDs, will not be accepted. The widespread use of TraceTogether in these venues will allow quicker contact tracing and ringfencing of any infections.

 

Venues

 

6. Permitted venues may host indoor live performances of up to 250 audience members, in zones of up to 50 persons each, if they can adhere to the zoning requirements at Annex B, subject to the venue capacity and the safe management measures at Paras 3-4 above.

 

7.  The following pre-selected venues may host indoor live performances:

Sector LeadVenues
National Arts Council (NAC)
(NAC_Feedback@nac.gov.sg)

• Performing arts venues and premises of arts and culture organisations (including opera groups, orchestras, musical bands, choirs, dance groups, dramatic arts and theatrical companies)

• Commercial and non-profit art galleries

National Heritage Board (NHB)
(NHB_MR_Secretariat@nhb.gov.sg)

• Museums managed by the National Heritage Board

• Museum Roundtable Members
People's Association (PA)• Community Centres and venues managed by PA 
Ministry of Education (MOE)

• Private Education Institutions (PEIs)*; 

• Other private schools** 
Singapore Tourism Board (STB)
(leisureevents@stb.gov.sg)

• Other Event Spaces (Annex C)

• Hotels (Ballrooms and Function Room Spaces only)

Subject to approval by the Committee for Private Education. 
 ** Subject to approval by MOE; permitted entities may write to 
moe_pss@moe.gov.sg to seek approval. 

8.  Marriage solemnisations (in indoor venues only), funerals and funerary-related activities may also involve live instrumental music (non-wind only) with the necessary SMMs in place. No other performances (e.g. singing, dancing, variety act) are allowed.  More details on these SMMs can be found here

9. In particular, arts SEPs should also note that Live performances are currently not allowed to resume in food and beverage establishments and wedding receptions regardless of venues, as there is a higher likelihood of mingling, talking and where food is being consumed with patrons who are unmasked. Higher risk activities such as singing and the playing of wind/brass instruments are also not allowed to resume at corporate/enterprise events (e.g. product launches).

 

Towards a Safe and Sustainable Re-opening

 

10.  NAC will be piloting larger scale performances at venues that can safely accommodate larger numbers, and at outdoor venues, which are able to ensure safe distance among audience members and safely manage crowds at the periphery. More details will be made available separately.

11.  A safe and sustainable re-opening requires all of us to play our part. It is critical that we continue to exercise caution, adhere to SMMs, and practise social responsibility. Collectively, we can progressively re-open our economy and society while remaining safe.

12. For queries on the SMMs for live performances in arts venues, please email NAC_Feedback@nac.gov.sg

 

Annex A

 

Required Safe Management Measures for Live Performances

 

General

• Restrict audience size to a maximum of 100 persons, grouped into two zones of no more than 50 persons each, in adherence with the prevailing zoning requirements (at Annex B), and subject to the venue capacity and safe distancing requirements. 

• Audiences are to comprise no more than 8 persons per group, in line with national guidelines on group size. 

• There should be no physical interaction or mixing between groups.  

• Adopt seating arrangements to ensure 1m safe distance between groups of up to 8 all around.

• Audience members should be masked.

• Audiences are to remain static and not move around the venue during the performance.  

• While audiences may move from set to set (or point to point) in their groups in-between live performance segments, there are to be no free-standing audiences during a live performance.

• No audience participation (e.g. singing or dancing) in a live performance.  However, spoken responses while remaining masked are acceptable, but should be kept at a low volume.

• No physical interactions between audiences and performers (e.g. autograph/photograph sessions, inviting members of the audience on stage).

• A safe distance of 3m is to be maintained between audiences and performers at all times. 

• Venues without a clearly defined stage area should have floor markings to mark out the 3m safe distance between performers and audience, and ensure that the safe distance is observed.  

• If the live performance is taking place on a stage which places performers at a higher vantage point, a safe distance of more than 3m is encouraged, due to the trajectory of droplet projection.

• Audiences are encouraged to make online ticket purchases and use e-payment methods.

• No intermissions and pre/post-performance receptions, in order to reduce congregations of people and audience mingling. 

• Venues are required to implement TT-only Safe Entry (please click here for the Safe Entry User Guide) to collect personal details (including identification numbers and mobile numbers) and manage the entry of all persons (including staff, visitors and patrons) into the live performance space. 

• SafeEntry check-ins can only be completed by either using their TT App to scan the venue’s QR code or presenting the QR codes printed on their TT tokens to be scanned by the venue (in the same way NRIC/FIN/other IDs are now scanned for entry). 

• Other check-in modes, such as using phone’s camera, SingPass Mobile or other QR code reader apps, or using NRIC/FIN and other photo IDs, will not be accepted.

• Queue lines for audiences should be clearly demarcated at the entrance to performance venues and box offices to ensure 1m spacing between groups.

• Sale of merchandise is allowed as long as safe distance of at least 1m is maintained between groups.

• Sale of F&B is allowed, but consumption of F&B is prohibited in the same space as the live performance, during the period of the live performance. Venues must also abide by the Enterprise Singapore guidelines on sale and consumption of F&B.

• For venues with multiple performance spaces:

• There should be no sharing of common facilities, including restrooms, between performers/crew and audience members as a best practice. If this is not possible, the use of common spaces should be staggered. 

• Deconflict performances' start and end timings to prevent congregations at public spaces/taxi stands. If possible, have separate ingress/egress for audiences attending different performances to avoid crowding within the venue. 

• Venue staff to be on-site to ensure compliance to safe distancing measures and minimise/prevent congregations of audience members, including at ticket collection points, entry to the performance space, and within the performance space itself. 

• Visible signs/posters on social distancing measures are to be put up strategically at entrances and within the building as reminders for members of the public. These include wearing masks, maintaining safe distance, and to not enter the venue if unwell.

To abide by SG Clean guidelines for sanitisation and hygiene standards.
Performers and Crew

• A maximum of 30 performers and crew are allowed on stage and backstage at any given time. 

• A maximum of 10 performers can be unmasked at any given time.

• Of the 10 unmasked performers, there can be a maximum of 5 singers at any given time.

All performers, crew and other staff should not mingle with audiences and other personnel on duty (e.g. front-of-house and box office staff, ushers, etc.). Staff who are not deployed as onstage/backstage crew should not go onto the stage/backstage area at all times.
Performers and Crew

On Stage

• Performers should maintain at least 1m safe distance from others, although transient contact between performers during a performance is acceptable. 

• All unmasked performers engaged in singing and/or the playing of wind/brass instruments should maintain at least 2m safe distance from others.

• As a best practice, singers should try not to position themselves directly opposite each other and are encouraged to sing away from each other. If they cannot do so, they should maintain more than 2m distance apart from each other.

• Individuals playing wind or brass instruments should ensure that these instruments are fully intact, and refrain from training practices involving only parts of the instrument (e.g. mouthpiece buzzing, playing with just the lead pipe) to prevent droplet transmission. Liquids from instruments (i.e. condensation and saliva) should be collected and disposed of hygienically after the rehearsal or concert.

• All unmasked performers are encouraged to wear face shields while performing. The number of unmasked performers using face shields will count towards the maximum number of unmasked performers allowed.

Performers and Crew

Backstage

• All performers and crew backstage must remain masked at all times unless absolutely necessary (e.g. for short costume changes and make-up application), and practice safe distancing of 1m between individuals as far as possible. 

• There are to be no unauthorised and/or unannounced visitors to the performance/ backstage area. Only authorised personnel as per call sheet should be allowed at the location. 

• Catering – All meals and drinks should be served as single-serving portions to avoid surface contamination.

• Costume/Wardrobe – Encouraged for costumes to be provided individually and hung in their own cover.

• Hair & Make-up – Ensure hair/ make-up kit is sanitised between each use and to use disposable equipment where possible.

• There should be no sharing of equipment (e.g. music instruments, microphones, props). If unavoidable, equipment should be cleaned/ disinfected before being handled or used by others.

• All technical equipment (camera, lights, grip, communication etc) should be cleaned at beginning and end of each day, and between each new user.

 

Annex B 

 

Zoning Requirements

1. For live performances exceeding 50 audience members, audiences have to be grouped into different zones holding no more than 50 persons each. Audience members are not allowed to enter zones not assigned to them.

2. Venues will need to ensure the following: 

• Each zone must be completely separated from another by either a physical solid partition (at least 1.8m high if not floor-to-ceiling, from wall-to-wall); or at least 3m physical spacing demarcated by continuous physical barriers (e.g. different levels, rope barriers).

• Venue must also take reasonable steps to ensure that audience members do not cross the physical barrier (where applicable) or enter an unassigned zone.

• Attendees assigned to different zones must not mix with one another during entry/exit (e.g. there could be a separate ingress/egress for each zone and/or staggered entrance/exit timings).

• Designate common facilities (e.g. toilets, concierge, bag drop, registration area, waiting area) to specific zones as best practice; OR stagger usage timings for different zones and wipe down common surfaces after use by each cohort; OR limit occupancy and deploy staff to ensure no talking/mixing during usage of facilities and that persons return to their assigned zones thereafter.

• Staff should not mix between zones as best practice, but if not possible, staff on the same shift should maintain 1m distance from one another and wear masks at all times.   

 

Annex C

 

Other Event Spaces which may host Indoor Live Performances

 

1. The following event spaces may host indoor live performances subject to adherence to the safe management measures and zoning requirements at Annexes A and B.  Event spaces not listed below may approach your respective sector lead agency with your safe management plan, to appeal to be allowed to host indoor live performances.

 

Singapore Tourism Board

Integrated Resorts (incl. theatres and convention centres):

• Resorts World Singapore

• Marina Bay Sands

 

MICE Venues:

• Changi Exhibition Centre

• Singapore Expo

 

Tourist Attractions:

• Tourist attractions approved by STB for resumption of operations (indoor venues)

 

Other Venues: 

• Changi Experience Studio

• 27 Pasir Panjang Power Station

• Capitol Theatre

• F1 Pit Building

• Sentosa (indoor venues) 

• Indoor performance spaces on Royal Caribbean International and Dream Cruises

MCCY

•National Stadium

•Indoor Stadium

 


Re-Opening of ARH Co-Working Spaces

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Following a gradual resumption of activities in Phase 2 nationwide, we are happy to share the re-opening of the Arts Resource Hub’s (ARH) two co-working spaces at ARH@GAC and ARH@SAC! Starting 6 October 2020, both co-working spaces will be open from Tuesday to Saturday, with a 3-hour block from 2pm - 5pm for reservation/walk-in.

 

Reservation/Walk-In

ARH subscribers who are keen to utilise the spaces can either:

  • Submit the reservation form here at least 24 hours before the scheduled time; or
  • Walk-in during opening hours and this is dependent on the number of people using the space at that point in time (Maximum of 14 users per operating time block)
  • Priority will be given to subscribers with reservations

No external guests will be allowed into the space during these restricted opening hours.

Reservation is taken as confirmed unless notified.

 

Enhanced Operating Guidelines

To ensure the safety of our subscribers, and to manage the number of users in each space, the following additional measures will be implemented:

 

At the door:

  • Subscribers will be greeted by our friendly ARH co-working spaces sitters
  • Check in using SafeEntry QR codes to allow contact tracing if required
  • Temperature-taking to be done at the entrance of GAC/SAC
  • All walk-in subscribers with no prior reservations are to fill in the ARH reservation form

 

While using the space:

  • Masks must be worn at all times
  • All users to maintain at least 1 metre apart at all times
  • All food and drinks will not be allowed to be consumed in the space
  • The hot beverage machine will not be in use
  • Only the water dispenser will remain operating
  • Wi-Fi, printers will remain operating as per usual
  • Meeting room can still be used if discussions are required
  • Maximum of 14 users allowed per co-working space, with no more than 5 per table

Updates on the Arts Resource Hub @ 42 Waterloo Street

(Published on 28 Sep 2020)

NAC met with Centre 42 and a few arts SEPs on 8 Sep 2020 to provide updates and get feedback on the renovation plans for 42 Waterloo Street. Here are the key points shared:

  • As a service provider and key resource in supporting the arts SEPs, ARH continues to focus on organising cross-sector professional development workshops, talks and networking sessions for the SEP community.
  • Owing to the COVID-19 situation, the renovation schedule at 42 Waterloo Street (42WS) has been adjusted to take place from Nov 2020. Barring any unforeseen hold-up due to manpower, supply of materials and safety prerequisites, the Hub should be ready for operation by 2nd Quarter 2021.
  • Arts SEPs can look forward to:
    • A refreshed exterior of 42WS, with ramps and inclusion of a Persons with Disability stairlift for better accessibility;
    • An upgraded Rehearsal Studio with timber floor, dance mats, full-length mirrors and drapes;
    • A dressing room with changing area, mirrors, tables and lights;
    • Refurnished alcove into a cozy lounge area for free access to ARH subscribers;
    • An enhanced Black Box including re-varnished flooring, dance mats, new sound and lighting consoles, two new projectors as well as video production equipment for digital content creation.
    • Meeting rooms will also be refurnished and made available to arts SEPs and groups for booking.
  • ARH will oversee the booking of spaces including the Meeting Room, Black Box and Rehearsal Studio and ensure that they are at affordable rates. The three spaces will be made available to arts freelancers to incubate and present their works-in-progress and small-scale productions (ticketed or non-ticketed).
  • C42 will continue to have its office space co-located at 42WS, and have access to book the spaces for presenting and programming artistic works.
  • Arts SEPs can continue to subscribe to ARH at no charge for the medium term. Should paid subscription be implemented, the subscription rate will be kept to a minimum with member privileges to offset the subscription amount.
  • Select arts groups and collectives may also be invited to help run in the spaces once renovation works are completed in 2Q2021.
  • ARH will be planning another engagement session in end 2020 or early 2021 to update the community on the work schedule and arrangements for booking of spaces.  If you have suggestions on how ARH can support you and your work, please write to us at artsresourcehub@nac.gov.sg.

 

 

 

Phase Two of Re-Opening for Arts and Culture Stakeholders

(published on 25 June 2020)

 

As Singapore enters Phase Two of Re-opening, further guidance would be provided by relevant agencies for their respective sectors. There will be a progressive resumption of other activities for arts and culture companies and practitioners, to support continued artmaking, cultivation of audiences, and the professional upgrading of our community. Through this advisory, NAC would like to provide further information on these activities, and the safe management measures which have to be in effect before these activities are permitted to resume. 

 

All indoor and outdoor performances and venues (e.g. theatres, concert halls, blackboxes) will remain closed and the National Arts Council (NAC) will continue to engage arts and culture stakeholders on safe management measures that will allow live performances and events to resume in a safe manner for performers and audiences.

 

Arts and culture organizations can log onto MTI’s Go Business portal with your CorpPass to confirm the activities you are permitted to resume, and the date of resumption.  

 

Workplaces

 

Arts and culture premises, including studios for art-making, can be used as workplaces, subject to the Ministry of Manpower’s Requirements for Safe Management Measures at the Workplace. Access to the premises should be restricted to employees and authorised visitors only. Arts and culture premises should remain closed as workplaces if they are unable to adhere to MOM’s requirements.

 

Digital Productions and Rehearsals

 

Digital production and recording of performances, masterclasses and courses can take place at the two black box spaces at Goodman Arts Centre (GAC) and Stamford Arts Centre (SAC), both made available by NAC at subsidised rates. Further adjustments to what is allowed for digital productions and rehearsals will be laid out in NAC’s advisory for digital productions and rehearsals during Phase 2.

 

Training classes and professional workshops

 

Training classes and professional workshops may resume, except for singing and voice training due to the higher health risks involved. All other classes, courses and workshops must not involve any element of singing and voice training, and must adhere to safe management measures and observe limited capacity before they resume.

 

Additional requirements will apply to classes, courses and workshops which involve physical activities (e.g. dance). Classes which involve activities with potentially high risk of virus transmission through droplet spread (such as singing, voice projection, playing of wind or brass instruments or other instruments that require intentional expulsion of air), will not be permitted to proceed until further notice. 

 

Commercial Art Galleries and Non-Profit Exhibition/Gallery Facilities

 

Commercial Art Galleries can re-open to the public from 19 June, similar to other retail establishments, subject to Enterprise Singapore’s safe management measures for retail establishments. Non-Profit Exhibition/Gallery Facilities may also re-open to the public for exhibitions from 26 June 2020, subject to the safe management measures set out in National Heritage Board’s advisory for museum stakeholders. Owners/managers of such facilities are to submit their safe management plan (SMP) to NAC at least three days prior to reopening to the public.  

 

NAC reserves the right to suspend activities if there are gaps in the SMP submitted or inadequate implementation, until the necessary rectifications are made. If the facility wishes to deviate from the safe management measures indicated in NHB’s advisory, NAC’s explicit approval must first be obtained before facilities can be re-opened.

 

Venue Requirements

The owners/managers of all arts and culture premises which re-open for the above-mentioned activities are to also ensure that they implement visitor registration and contact tracing measures via SafeEntry, including health declarations and temperature screening measures. They should also adopt SG Clean standards for sanitisation and hygiene standards. Notices should be put up to remind visitors and employees of prevailing safe management measures, practice social responsibility and encourage the observance of social norms.

 

Arts and culture premises located in tenanted spaces (e.g. commercial malls) must comply with the requirements above, as well as any other requirements that the Government may impose through landlords on tenants. Arts and culture companies and practitioners who are also landlords must ensure their tenants comply with any such requirements.

 

Venue Hire Subsidy

 

The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth will extend its existing 30% subsidy for venue hire and in-house production costs (where applicable) to 80% during Phase Two, subject to review and the prevailing national situation. This subsidy will be for arts and culture activities permitted to resume in Phase Two at venues in the Esplanade, National Gallery Singapore, National Heritage Board museums and heritage institutions, STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Singapore Conference Hall, as well as those managed by Arts House Limited.

 

It will also be extended to select arts centres with shared facilities under NAC. Participating organisations will communicate details of how arts and culture stakeholders can benefit from the extended subsidy, separately. 

 

Towards a Safe and Sustainable Re-opening

 

Arts and culture companies and practitioners who do not implement or comply with requirements may be closed down, ineligible for government grants and assistance, and subject to penalties under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020. Additional penalties may be imposed on arts and culture stakeholders if the premises are found to have been a place of transmission of COVID-19, if they have not adhered to these requirements.

 

A safe and sustainable re-opening requires all of us, including arts and culture stakeholders, to play our part. It is critical that we continue to exercise caution, adhere to safe management measures, and practice social responsibility. Collectively, we can progressively re-open our economy and society while remaining safe.

 

For more information, please refer to this page.

 

 

Phase One Advisory and the Booking of GAC/SAC Black Box

Phase One: Safe Re-opening

The National Arts Council has announced the gradual resumption for all arts and culture companies and practitioners as we end the Circuit Breaker period and shared plans for the sector, starting with Phase 1 (from 2 June 2020).

In Phase 1, all arts facilities and venues, including all indoor and outdoor performance venues (e.g. theatres, concert halls, blackboxes), museums and art galleries shall remain closed and there should not be any events or activities of any kind in these facilities and venues.  

All workplace premises, including studios and galleries, will also remain closed. All business, social, or other activities (including art-making and rehearsals) that cannot be conducted from home will be suspended during this period.   

All professional or vocational training, workshops and courses may proceed only if these can be done virtually. We encourage training providers to provide online courses, where possible, so that training is not disrupted and that the community can continue to upgrade their skills from the safe environment of their homes.

To learn more about the 3-Phased end of Circuit Breaker plans for the arts and culture sector, please read on here.


Booking of GAC/SAC Black Box

For the digital production and recording of performances, masterclasses and courses, NAC will allow the booking of the two black box spaces at Goodman Arts Centre (GAC) and Stamford Arts Centre (SAC), at subsidised rates to the community, for the digital production and recording of performances, masterclasses and courses. Basic recording equipment will also be made available for venue hirers, if required. 

To minimise community transmission risk, each production or recording must involve no more than 5 persons, inclusive of artist and production crew. For digital production, venue hirers will also be required to seek a one-time approval from MTI via the Go Business portal.  

In addition, venue hirers must comply with the safe management measures that are in place at these venues, including:

  • supporting contact tracing and health check requirements through use of SafeEntry, 
  • wearing of masks at all times except when practitioners are being filmed, 
  • ensuring clear physical spacing of at least 1 metre between persons, and avoiding congregating in common spaces.  

For more information on the booking details of GAC/SAC Black Box, please head over here.

 

Digitalising Arts Education Programmes – E-learning Primer for Arts Educators

(published on 10 June 2020)

In collaboration with the Visual and Performing Arts Group of the National Institute of Education, NAC has developed an E-learning primer as a resource to provide some ideas and considerations when digitalising arts education programmes. You can refer to the guides below:

An E-Learning Primer for NAC-AEP Providers

An E-Learning Primer for Arts Practitioners


NAC has also collated some tips from various articles and videos on self-filming as a Basic Guide to create quality online content.
 
For NAC-AEP providers:

  • those who have already digitalised their existing programmes under the NAC-AEP 2019-2021 directory, you may seek approval by submitting a change request through the NAC-AEP portal as per standard procedure.  
  • those who are exploring the digitalisation of their existing programmes on the 2019-21 directory, you can tap on the Digital Presentation Grant (DPG) as part of the Arts & Culture Resilience Package.

 

For more information, please refer to this page.

 

Open Call for NAC's Public Art Trust

(published on 10 June 2020)

 

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In response to the recent COVID-19 global pandemic, NAC’s Public Art Trust has launched an open call for proposals for up to 12 imaginative text-based public artworks which seek to explore Singapore’s position upon recovery, where numerous opportunities and vulnerabilities abound.

 

The artworks will be sited along the Coast-to-Coast trail, symbolising an island wide expression of hope and solidarity.

 

Proposed artworks are to incorporate text as a major conceptual and aesthetic element, such as depicting extracts of a story, poem, quote, slogan, punch line, or singular words, and can take the form of any of Singapore’s official language of your choice.

 

This commissioning exercise aims to provide an impetus for our artists to continue doing what they do best: reflecting on the times, inspiring and engaging with humanity, and finally imagining and creating new work. It is with hope that the final artworks will provide a form of enchantment, respite and uplift spirits in this down time.

 

The showcase, targeted to launch in November 2020, will also be accompanied by a virtual exhibition component.

 

Individual artists, collectives and organisations who are Singaporean or PR with an interest in creating art for public spaces are welcome to participate in the Open Call. Up to two proposals may be submitted by each applicant. Successful applicants may receive a budget of up to $25,000 per artwork to cover necessary project-related expenses.

 

Applications are to be submitted through FormSG.

 

Attached above are the Open Call Brief and Budget Template with more information. These documents could also be downloaded from www.go.gov.sg/rewritten

 

The Open Call closes on 30 June 2020, 17:00 SGT.

 

A briefing cum QNA session will be conducted on Zoom on 12 June 2020, 10:00-11:00 SGT. For registration and enquiries, please email Yen Lin at kong_yen_lin@nac.gov.sg

 

 

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:

ACRP

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!