We administer two community funds which serve to support our programmes for social and community development.
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 the arts to a lack of financial resources. BT BAF believes that the arts transforms lives and seeks to provide young people from financially-disadvantaged backgrounds with access and opportunities to experience the arts. Since 2005, BT BAF has reached out to more than 16,000 beneficiaries through a variety of programmes comprising of arts training, camps, workshops and signature events. Beneficiaries receive structured arts training at The Little Arts Academy and 10 Square @ Orchard Central.
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. Initiatives of the Sing50 Fund include Singapore Rhapsodies at National Museum of Singapore, a music series which has served as a key platform for young musicians and students to perform original compositions and promote Singapore’s music and songs in an iconic Singapore destination.