Stand with the performing arts community. Support our arts freelancers.
The impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on Singapore’s performing arts community has been devastating. This quickly-evolving, unprecedented situation has adversely affected the livelihood of our performing arts community, in which many have suffered a loss of work and income due to the cancellation, postponement, and restrictions on live events and activities.
Gateway Arts spoke to our fellow artists, freelancers and partners. We all agree that the arts play an important role in lifting our spirits and this is all the more critical in challenging times like these. It is important for Singaporeans to have continued access to the arts as well as for the livelihood of the arts community to be sustained.
To that end, Gateway Arts started a temporary financial assistance fund called Gateway Arts Solidarity Fund. This one-off S$500 cash assistance was for Singapore Citizen and Singapore Permanent Resident freelancers* who have worked with Gateway previously and were working in the local performing arts industry. We specifically sought to help those who have suffered job loss or loss of income due to cancelled and/or postponed projects arising from the COVID-19 outbreak, and faced great difficulty making ends meet.
To date, Gateway Arts Solidarity Fund has supported 56 individuals with grants of $500 each, and a total of $28,000 has been disbursed to freelance performing arts practitioners who are in financial need. We are currently not accepting new applications or donations for Gateway Arts Solidarity Fund.
*According to the 2016 Arts & Cultural Employment Survey conducted by the National Arts Council, 47% of respondents were freelancers, indicating that freelancers form a significant proportion of our arts ecosystem.