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 no child should be denied the opportunity to pursue arts training 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 13,000 beneficiaries through a variety of programmes comprising of art camps, workshops, signature events and fundraising initiatives. Beneficiaries of BT BAF receive structured arts training at The Little Arts Academy and 10 Square @ Orchard Central.
Sing50 was a mega concert held on 7 August 2015 at the National Stadium to celebrate 50 years of Singapore music during our nation’s golden jubilee. In wanting the Sing50 concert to last more than one night so as to extend its reach into the community beyond the jubilee year, the Sing50 Fund was formed.
Launched on 17 January 2015, the Sing50 Fund is a private sector initiative supported by The Straits Times and The Business Times. It aims to promote and preserve the rich diversity of Singapore’s musical heritage, and develop a wider knowledge of and appreciation of Singapore music and songs.