Fighting COVID-19: Support from + for Artists

8 Apr 2020
Article by Max
* updated on 2 May 2020 *

"Life is strange and the questions will continue to be existential. But there is something yet for us to do. The future is for our reimagining." - Nabilah Said / ArtsEquator

We're experiencing an unprecedented global crisis, probably the biggest of our time. As I sit at home, sinking into thoughts of existentialism, pondering on the state of the arts and the purpose of our work, I seek comfort in discovering all the support everyone has been offering. From the financial aid by the government to self-organised support groups on Facebook, from free online access to performance archives of arts companies to live videos by independent artists on Facebook and Instagram, almost every level of the community has been churning out ways to optimise the bandwidth of support to get us through this difficult time.

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Below is a list of these supports which I will be updating from time to time:

* updated on 2 May 2020 *

Support from artists:

Objectifs Film Library
More than 40 short films from 14 Southeast Asian filmmakers are available online on the Objectifs Film Library. Most of the films are exclusive to Objectifs, and are not available on any other platform.

❤ Pangdemonium
Online viewing of Falling on Vimeo from 24 Apr Fri 8:00pm to 26 Apr Sun 11:59pm.

❤ WILD@Home!
Online viewing of three of WILD RICE's most successful and popular shows: Emily of Emerald Hill, Supervision and Monkey Goes West. Each show will be available for seven days via WILD RICE’s YouTube channel.
- Emily of Emerald Hill - starts streaming from 24 Apr 7:30pm for one week. Live Talkback: 30 Apr Thu 9:00pm
- Supervision - starts streaming from 1 May 7:30pm for one week. Live Talkback: 7 May Thu 9:00pm
- Monkey Goes West - starts streaming from 8 May 7:30pm for one week. Live Talkback: 14 May Thu 9:00pm

❤ Frontier Danceland
Online viewing of performance archives - In the Moment and Endless Fragments of Time (available till 30 Apr) - and other videos on Vimeo.

❤ Together apART aspires to be a “virtual arts festival”, featuring an amazing array of works that will be updated every week, as well as a community blog with the latest news and the most relevant discussions.

❤ 丽星网络直播台 LEX-S Watch Live Channel

❤ Singapore Chinese Orchestra
Regular video updates of music performances by musicians at home and free viewing of concerts.

❤ Fun At Home by Society Staples
Slew of free online activities for everyone to keep you meaningfully engaged during this period of circuit breaker.

❤ SG COVID-19 Creative/Cultural Professionals & Freelancers Support Group
A support group for the creative industry to discuss and find ways to help each other as well as to connect and engage the relevant government bodies as a group.

❤ Anti-Viral Dance Party
A weekly online dance party, organised by dance artist Bernice Lee, to shake off cabin fever, take pleasure to dance at home, and raise funds for AWARE.

❤ Let’s Fight COVID-10 Together with Superhero Me
An educational resource package for children and people with disabilities to help them develop self-care skills and understand routine changes and protective measures due to COVID-19.

❤ AuntyJalyn 卿阿姨
Facebook Live in various dialects - Hokkien, Teochew, Hainanese, Cantonese, and Mandarin - by local theatre practitioner Jalyn Han

❤ Nine Years Theatre 九年剧场
Free Online Viewing of Past Production Recordings
- An Enemy of the People《人民公敌》- 9 - 15 Apr
- Pissed Julie《茱莉小解》- 16 - 22 Apr
- Lear Is Dead《李尔亡》- 23 - 29 Apr
- FAUST/US《浮世/德》- 30 Apr - 6 May

❤ The Necessary Stage
Online Watch Party of Those Who Can’t, Teach
Available for online viewing until 30 Apr:

❤ Together At Home Viddsee Time Watch Party
Viddsee is going live on both Facebook and YouTube for a series of #ViddseeTime watch parties every Wednesday.


Support for artists:

❤ Seniiku
An online marketplace for art, wearables and craft.

❤ Solidarity Budget

❤ Arts and Culture Resilience Package (ACRP)

❤ Pasar Glamour Art Aid
An emergency relief fund started by Pasar Glamour to provide urgent financial assistance (one-off $500 grants) to Singaporean and PR freelancers working in the performing arts industry, who have been adversely affected by Covid-19 measures. This emergency fund is targeted at helping performing arts freelancers who have lost their jobs and income overnight, and are now facing great difficulty making ends meet during this period.

❤ Singapore Unbound Relief Fund (SURF)
Creative writers, whether they are Singapore citizens living anywhere in the world or Permanent Residents of Singapore, may apply for a USD200/SGD280 grant from SURF with no strings attached. This fund is specifically intended to help those in dire need of immediate help.