Parliament: Grant scheme to subsidise tickets of arts events for the less well-off

The NAC and the cultural institutions involved will select the shows - ranging from plays and concerts to museum and art exhibitions - whose tickets are eligible for the subsidy. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

SINGAPORE - More people from less privileged backgrounds will get to attend ticketed arts shows from October onwards, under a two-year pilot scheme that will pay for their tickets and transport.

Up to 20,000 people could benefit from it by 2022, said Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu in Parliament on Friday (March 6) when she announced the initiative.

Called WeCare Arts Experiences, it is part of an existing grant scheme by the National Arts Council (NAC) and People's Association known as the WeCare Arts Fund.

It will subsidise up to $40 a ticket and priority will be given to those taking part in the scheme for the first time.

Immediate family members, caregivers and befrienders who accompany the beneficiary will also get the $40 subsidy for their tickets.

The NAC and the cultural institutions involved will select the shows - ranging from plays and concerts to museum and art exhibitions - whose tickets are eligible for the subsidy. Several MPs had called for doors to be opened wider for people to attend arts performances.

"Quality arts performances can be expensive to produce and affordability would be an obstacle for the less privileged," Ms Joan Pereira (Tanjong Pagar GRC) said during the debate on the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth's budget.

"They may require interlocutors to provide context to the performances and may need to attend such events with friends and family to feel comfortable and enjoy the performance."

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