Transforming lives through the arts
BT BAF strongly believes in the importance of the arts in the development of character — especially in cultivating social and emotional competencies amongst young people. The fund seeks to make the arts accessible for children and youths from financially disadvantaged backgrounds and is instrumental in providing them with opportunities to discover their talents.
More than 20,000 children and youths have benefited from a variety of arts programmes supported by BT BAF since its inception in 2004. BT BAF beneficiaries gain exposure to the arts through workshops and structured lessons in Music, Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Tech+Art, at The Little Arts Academy and 10 Square Youth.
About The Business Times Budding Artists Fund
Initiated in 2004 and adopted by The Business Times in 2005, The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) originated from a conviction that children with a strong interest and potential in the arts should not be denied the opportunity to develop their talents due to a lack of financial resources.
BT BAF aims to level the playing field and reaches out to children and youths from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, ages six to 19. The Fund provides opportunities and access to the arts. BT BAF seeks to enable beneficiaries to learn, discover and nurture their talents so that they may grow in confidence and become resilient in overcoming their personal circumstances.
BT BAF beneficiaries receive their arts training and education at The Little Arts Academy and 10 Square Youth. The Little Arts Academy has two campuses — North Campus I & II in Northpoint City, Yishun, and 10 Square Youth is located at Orchard Central.
BT BAF, The Little Arts Academy and 10 Square Youth are managed by TRCL, a registered charity and not-for-profit arts organisation with IPC status.