Supporting Young Ambitions
Initiated in 2004 and adopted by The Business Times in 2005, The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) originated from a conviction that no child with the strong interest and potential in the arts should be denied the opportunity to develop his or her talents due to a lack of financial resources.
BT BAF strongly believes in the importance and benefits of an arts training and aims to level the playing field in the arts for young people from financially disadvantaged backgrounds. BT BAF encourages the development of creativity amongst young people and is instrumental in providing opportunities for children and youth from financially disadvantaged background to discover their talent and to develop their self-worth.
Since 2005, BT BAF has reached out to more than 15,000 financially-disadvantaged children and youth, between the ages of 6 to 19 years old, through a variety of programmes including a structured arts training programme, arts camps, workshops and signature events. Beneficiaries of BT BAF receive a structured arts training at The Little Arts Academy (LAA) and 10 Square @ Orchard Central (10 Square).
BT BAF and the two arts training centres, LAA and 10 Square are managed by The RICE Company Limited, a non-profit organisation that harvests the potential of the arts and culture for the development of human lives and connecting communities locally and around the world.
To provide young people, aged 6 to 19 from financially disadvantaged families, an opportunity to pursue arts training and to nurture their artistic talents.
- To offer artistic opportunities to young people from financially-disadvantaged backgrounds who otherwise would not have the chance to be formally trained in the arts
- To enrich the lives of young people through the arts
- To provide platforms for established and professional artists to impart their skills and experience to the next generation of talents
- To encourage the community to give back through the arts