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What is the masterplan for developing the arts in Singapore?
With the increasing global competition, the arts and culture play an even greater role in enabling Singapore to continue to attract talent, investment and international attention. With an increasingly sophisticated and diverse population base, there is a need to offer a greater variety of cultural options to engage, educate and entertain.
Established in 1988, the Advisory Council on Culture and the Arts (ACCA) led by former President and then-Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Ong Teng Cheong mapped out a blueprint for Singapore's arts and culture landscape to boost the cultural scene and emerging cultural identity. Subsequently, from year 2000 to 2008, the Renaissance City Plans (RCPs), in all three phases, built on the recommendations of the ACCA, with a focus on enhancing vibrancy, building capabilities, and strengthening community outreach.
In 2010, the Arts and Culture Strategic Review (ACSR) was initiated to focus on our identity and strengthen the national unity. The ACSR builds upon the Government's previous arts and culture masterplans - the recommendations of the ACCA and RCPs. Unlike the previous arts and culture masterplans, this review was driven by the people and private sectors.
the RCPs and ACSR report.
Does the Government support arts through programmes such as scholarships, grants and other assistance schemes?
We recognise that our arts landscape continues to grow and diversify. Our audiences and communities have also evolved.
MCCY, through the National Arts Council (NAC) administers a range of assistance schemes to support the development of the arts sector. NAC oversees the New Grants Framework, which provides funding support for new and existing arts organisations to develop, and for the processes of creation, production, presentation and participation in the arts. The Grants Framework also provides funding support for training, research and development, as well as for market and audience development needs, both in Singapore and overseas.
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What arts venues are available in Singapore?
The National Arts Council (NAC) oversees a number of arts spaces, including performance and exhibition spaces, and housing for arts group. Learn more at
Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay is one of the busiest arts centres in the world. Over the past ten years, from the time it opened in 2002, the centre has presented more than 22,000 shows, drawing an audience of 16.5 million patrons. Its two main venues are the 1,600-seat Concert Hall and a 2000-seat theatre. Information on Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay can be found on their website at
The Old Parliament House Ltd also operates a number of Government arts spaces, such as The Arts House and Goodman Arts Centre. More information can be found on their website at
What arts programmes and events are available in Singapore?
The National Arts Council (NAC) organises as well as collaborates with partners to bring the arts to where people work, live and play. Through partnerships with artists, corporations and community partners, NAC aims to bring arts to all segments of the population, everywhere and every day. These programmes include Arts for All - for different segments of society; Noise Singapore - for youths; Silver Arts - for senior citizens; Arts@Work - for people at the workplace; and ArtReach - for the social service sector.
NAC also works in partnership with Community Clubs/Centres, Community Development Councils and voluntary welfare organisations to spark and support new arts initiatives that will enhance community bonding and energise community spaces.
NAC also works closely with the Ministry of Education and partners such as arts groups and artists to advocate for quality arts education to be an integral and integrated part of all schools. NAC believes that arts education plays a vital role in the social, emotional, and cognitive development of our children. Engagement with the arts provides opportunities for deep learning which caters to different student needs, interests, strengths, talents and aspirations.
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How do I apply for funding assistance, grants and scholarships?
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