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.
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.
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.
The 13th edition of annual charity concert ChildAid organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times raised more than $2.1 million.
The proceeds go to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, both of which help underprivileged children, bringing the collective amount raised over the years to more than $16 million.
A musical legacy will be handed down this coming November in a concert titled String A Legacy featuring Singapore’s internationally renowned violinist Min Lee and her protégé 12-year old Samuel Tan making his debut at Esplanade Concert Hall.
Samuel, the youngest winner of the prestigious 2014 Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in Italy at the age of nine and among United Kingdom’s favourite classical radio station Classic FM’s top ten list of child prodigies in 2016, has been under Min Lee’s mentorship since he was seven years old.
Centered around the theme of legacy, String A Legacy will also see Samuel continuing the violin lineage from his mentor, Min Lee.
The world’s leading piano maker, Steinway & Sons, will score a first in Asia this December with the launch of a new community outreach programme that will see a 12-hour music marathon for charity.
Called Piano Marathon 2017 @ ION Orchard, the event is scheduled to be held on 16 December at Singapore’s iconic shopping mall ION Orchard Level 1 Atrium. It aims to reach out to over 500 participants from all ages and all walks of life to provide 12 hours of continuous piano music. Nett proceeds from funds raised for the event will be donated to The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) that provides arts training to children and youths from financially disadvantaged families.
More than 700 children will get to role-play different real-world professions in one of Singapore’s largest indoor theme parks as part of Children’s Day celebrations this October.
Called Children for Children (CFC), and co-organised by The Business Times, CHIJ Kellock and The RICE Company Limited, this annual community event sees children from underprivileged backgrounds enjoy a day out at Singapore’s key attractions. For CFC 2017, the children can look forward to an immersive play experience at KidZania Singapore, where they can live out their dream careers – become firefighters, museum curators or even radio presenters, earn wages and decide on how to save or spend their keep.
For a third year running, a local primary school and its supporting community will come together to raise funds for students in need.
Yu Neng Primary School (YNPS) will be creating 1,324 eco tote bags featuring an owl motif with hand-sewn eyes, that will be distributed to the public whose donations for the bag will go towards raising funds for ChildAid, an annual charity concert in aid of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF).
One of Singapore’s well-known funds that supports arts training for financially disadvantaged children, The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF), celebrates its 12th year this May by expanding its reach to the northern part of Singapore
Founded in 2005 with the aim of providing a level-playing field in the arts for young people from financially disadvantaged families, BT BAF which is managed by The RICE Company Ltd (TRCL) will be opening two new arts training centres for children in Northpoint in Yishun come fourth quarter of this year.
At present, BT BAF already supports two centrally located arts centres, The Little Arts Academy (LAA) located at Selegie Road and 10 Square @ Orchard Central (10 Square) on Orchard Road. LAA and 10 Square are multi-disciplinary arts centres which provide creative learning environments for children and youth respectively. Beneficiaries of the BT BAF aged 6 to 19 pursue music, dance, theatre and visual arts at these two centres.
Despite the economic slowdown, ChildAid continues to receive unwavering support from its staunch supporters and the public.
The annual charity concert, which opened at the Resorts World Theatre on Friday evening (Nov 18), raised over $2 million for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BTBAF), surpassing last year’s $1.98 million.
This brings the total sum raised for both funds to more than $14 million, since the annual concert series started in 2005. The top donors were Citi, HSBC. and UOB. They each donated $500,000 and above to ChildAid 2016.