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Forty-five arts groups reject MDA's Arts Term Licensing Scheme

Published on May 30, 2014 5:18 PM
 
The Singapore Dance Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker. Forty-five arts groups, including the Singapore Dance Theatre, have backed a position paper by artists' network Arts Engage, stongly objecting to the Media Development Authority's (MDA) Arts Term Licensing Scheme. -- PHOTO: DENNIS NG

Forty-five arts groups have backed a position paper by artists' network Arts Engage, strongly objecting to the Media Development Authority's (MDA) Arts Term Licensing Scheme.

The 12-page paper, which was released at 5pm on Friday, was signed by companies ranging from industry heavyweights such as the Singapore Dance Theatre and Singapore Repertory Theatre, to traditional arts companies such as the Chinese Theatre Circle.

The scheme, which will begin its pilot run in July, aims to cut red tape by allowing individuals and companies to self-classify performances with age-appropriate ratings according to MDA guidelines.

The arts groups' suggestion is to delay the implementation of the scheme, and that the MDA engage the artists and general public in a more robust round of consultations before such a scheme is rolled out.

 
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