In conjunction with Kindness Day SG, BT BAF Beneficiaries and Certis Continue to Give Back to the Community despite the COVID-19 Circuit Breaker

Music and movement can certainly transcend physical boundaries during this COVID-19 Circuit Breaker period. Two beneficiaries of The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) took the lead in taking over 25 staff of leading advanced integrated security organisation Certis through a dance workshop to create a video for Kindness Day SG’s TikTok Hashtag Challenge on 22nd May.

“What I found the most enjoyable was that I got to interact with new people
from different backgrounds and also have the chance to teach others. I really enjoyed teaching a part of the session to Certis employees today and I would like to have more opportunities to do so in the future”
– 14-year-old beneficiary Nur Adrianz Bin Kamaruddin

This dance workshop capped off the 4-part Community Give-Back series sponsored by Certis. In the past year, the programmes from this series has enabled BT BAF beneficiaries to utilise their artistic talents to reach out to and uplift other needy members of the community through various activities.

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BT Budding Artists Fund beneficiaries lead Certis staff in virtual dance workshop

BT BAF celebrates 15 years of transforming lives Through The Arts As Beneficiaries Give Back Amid COVID-19

Afiqah conducting one of her LAA Arts Of Play (AOP) dance classes at The Little Arts Academy

One of them has since become a co-owner of a dance studio. Another is an early childhood educator while another is an independent artiste. Many others are pursuing their further studies in the arts and humanities in Institutes of Higher Learning.

As The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) celebrates its 15th anniversary next Monday, 11th May, the Fund can certainly claim its role in having levelled the playing field for the artistically talented who could not afford an arts education and having nurtured a next generation of artists and creative professionals in Singapore.

To date, BT BAF has served more than 19,000 beneficiaries through a variety of programmes including arts camps, workshops as well as structured arts training at two training centres, The Little Arts Academy and 10 Square Youth.

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BT BAF celebrates 15 years of transforming lives

Bonia’s CNY Special Edition Bags

International luxury brand BONIA’s inaugural partnership with The Little Arts Academy (LAA) and 10 Square Youth has culminated in the launch of a series of CNY special edition bags! Students got to showcase their creative flair by hand-drawing and painting Chinese New Year-inspired designs on 88 Carrie crossbody bags. What’s more, 28 of the designs are augmented reality enabled, bringing the artworks to life.

Prices of the bags start from $280 and full proceeds will be donated to The Business Times Budding Artists Fund.

UOB Group Commercial Banking kickstarts annual festive fundraising campaign with art jam


United Overseas Bank (UOB) kicked off its annual festive fundraiser with a Lunar New Year art jamming session and 20 UOB Group Commercial Banking clients.

During the art jam session, UOB’s clients were joined by children from The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF), who sketched and painted colourful elements related to Spring such as peach blossoms, peonies and pussy willows and other representations to usher in an auspicious Lunar New Year.

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Certis x BT BAF Community Give-Back Engagement

The third engagement in the Community Give-Back Programme series, supported by Certis, was conducted for beneficiaries from Fei Yue Community Services (FYCS) in December 2019. 

30 participants from BT BAF and Certis facilitated a tote bag painting workshop for 15 beneficiaries from FYCS. Besides creating colourful and creative illustrations, the beneficiaries also learnt how to animate the designs on the bags using an augmented reality app. It was a fun and enriching session for everyone involved!

ChildAid raises S$2.12m for low-income kids


ChildAid 2019 raised S$2.12 million for its two charities, including The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, which provides arts training for financially disadvantaged children. The latest edition of this fund-raising concert by children for children brings the collective amount raised for both funds to more than S$22.71 million, since the annual charity concert series started in 2005.

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ChariTrees 2019

A HOST of Christmas trees on the Marina Bay waterfront promenade were lit up on Friday in a ceremony graced by President Halimah Yacob.

From 15 Nov till 26 Dec 2019, Marina Bay will glow with 200 specially-designed trees – both physical and digital – along the waterfront and four other nearby locations. Among those at the opening ceremony were corporate donors and beneficiaries of charitable organisations, including The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF), the main beneficiary of ChariTrees.

A total of S$306,000 has been raised to date through this fund-raising initiative, which is into its ninth year this year.

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Special Christmas trees set aglow at Marina Bay to raise funds

Citi Partners Young Budding Artists to Create Calendar with Moving Visuals, Dance and Music Performances

Animated visuals, music and dance performances will feature in Citi Commercial Bank (CCB)’s 2020 calendar.

Created in partnership with The Business Times Budding Artists Fund and &Larry, a branding consultancy and design studio, CCB’s calendar is digitally enhanced to showcase the works of more than 40 young budding artists.

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Citi’s 2020 calendar showcases youthful creativity

The Blue Charity Gala 2019– Stand by Me

Themed Stand by Me, The Blue Charity Gala held at Resorts World Sentosa on 30 August saw more than 600 individuals and corporates coming together in support of SPD and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF).

Local disability charity SPD and not-for-profit arts organisation The RICE Company Limited (TRCL), which manages BT BAF, joined hands for the first time to raise more than $500,000 for persons with disabilities and young persons with aspirations in the arts.

Mr Heng Swee Keat, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance graced the event as the Guest-of-Honour.

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Blue Charity Gala dinner raises S$500K for BT BAF, SPD

Gala event to raise S$600,000 for persons with disabilities and the arts

Children for Children 2019

This October, close to 900 children in Singapore will get to enjoy Children’s Day at Resorts World Sentosa and also learn about the milestones of Singapore’s accomplishments in commemoration of 200 years of nation building.

Children for Children (CFC) will see children from financially disadvantaged backgrounds across 36 primary schools celebrate “Our Home, Our Singapore” …

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