The Business Times Pledges Support by Adopting the Fund
Singapore, 15 April 2005 – The Arts House at The Old Parliament will officially launch its Budding Artists Fund with the announcement of its imminent adoption by leading local business daily The Business Times.
Initiated by The Arts House, the fund now named The Business Times’ Budding Artists Fund, aims to enable children and young adults between the ages of eight to 16 years distanced by socio-economic circumstances to pursue their aspirations to develop artistic talents in music, dance, theatre, visual arts and theatre production.
Said Mr Edmund Cheng, Chairman of The Arts House, “The Budding Artists Fund originated from a strong conviction that no child with strong interest and artistic potential should be deprived of the opportunity to develop his or her talents because he or she is economically disadvantaged. We are delighted that The Business Times shares our vision and is committed to both helping us increase awareness of aims and objectives of the fund and raising funds for projects under the Budding Artist Fund umbrella. I am confident that more corporations and individuals will step forward to support this endeavour and we look forward to working with them toward developing a more creatively vibrant generation of Singaporeans.”
Said Mr Alvin Tay, Editor of The Business Times, “Like the Arts House, The Business Times also believes that every child with artistic talent should be given the opportunity to develop that talent, regardless of his or her family’s financial background. I would like to thank The Arts House for giving BT the opportunity to adopt the Budding Artists Fund, and in the process enabling us to do our bit for the community. “
Over the tenure of two years, The Business Times will promote the efforts of The Arts House in raising $1 million, on a best endeavour basis, by facilitating introductions to corporations who would also wish to endorse these efforts.
The Budding Artists Fund
The objectives of the Fund are as follows:
- To offer opportunities for exceptionally children and young adults though disadvantaged to be formally trained in the arts and, subsequently, to showcase their talents through presentations at The Arts House
- To provide a platform for established and professional artists to impart their skills and experience to the next generation of talents. This will mean continual renewal in the creative industry.
- To heighten awareness of the importance of nurturing the artistic talents of children and young adults and the ensuing value of such skills to building the next phase of development of Singapore.
Through the Budding Artists Fund, established and highly experienced artists in the various fields are engaged to identify those with artistic potential, to provide them with training and to groom them to be showcased in presentations at The Arts House. It is intended primarily to give these participants a measure of self-confidence through the experience by putting them on par with those who have the means to develop themselves. Those who have proven their talent in the course of training will then have the conviction to seek further training that may lead to a career in the arts.
The Budding Artists Fund aims to raise $500,000 to reach out to 1,000 underprivileged children and youth from now till March 2006 with the desire to grow the Budding Artists Fund to $4.7 million and provide for 9,400 children and youth by March 2010.
Corporate & Individual Support
Since its soft launch last year, The Arts House has raised $120,000 so far with contributions from Creative Community Singapore, Lee Foundation, Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Singapore Foundation and Singapore Human Resources Institute, and through fundraising efforts and support of many individuals such as Mr Sarkasi Said, Ms Nadya Hutagalung, Ms Christine Boo and Ms Tan Swee Lin and corporate supporters Barang Barang, Reuters, Beatty Secondary School Alumni, Utterly Art, Sime Darby and QB Trading.
Projects Thus Far
The Arts House is thrilled to announce that the first intake of children benefiting from training under the Budding Artists Fund will take to the stage in a public performance with internationally renowned Filipino singer Martin Nievera during his concert here in July! The performance will take place on 31 July 2005 at the Suntec Singapore Convention, more details will be announced at a later date.
A team comprising The Arts House staff and professional artists and partners has begun identifying young talents through auditions at schools and through welfare organisations and these children have since started on their professional training.
Kids Performing, under the direction of well-known jazz musician Kuo Po, will train one group of children in Music and Dance for the period between 22 April to 19 June and the public performances have been slated on 22 & 23 June. NUDA, a Malay performing arts group that is actively involved in advocating the value and importance of arts education and appreciation among the young in schools, will be put in charge of training the other group of children in Malay Music and Theatre for the period between 16 April to 26 June to culminate in the public performance in July.
The Arts House at the Old Parliament
Opened in March 2004, The Arts House is Singapore’s newest arts and heritage venue where all are inspired by the arts and where the arts become a fundamental in life through a connection with artists and their works. Built in 1827, Singapore’s first Court House and former Parliament House, is the only gazetted government building designated as a multidisciplinary arts centre. At The Arts House, audiences connect with artists and arts organizations through a broad spectrum of engaging, contemporary arts and entertainment events. The Arts House is managed by Old Parliament House Limited, a not-for-profit full-service arts management company limited by guarantee. For further information, please visit www.theartshouse.com.sg
For media queries, please contact
Director, Audience Development
The Old Parliament House Limited
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See Ling Ling
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The Old Parliament House Limited
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