The National Arts Council of Singapore develops Capability Development Scheme

Type of institution
National Arts Centre
  • Direct support for artists and cultural professionals
    • Skills development
  • Strengthening the competitiveness of the cultural and creative industries
    • Adapting business models
Type of measure
Emergency response
March 2020

In mid-March the National Arts Council announced the Capability Development Scheme for the Arts (CDSA) to benefit arts organizations and artists. The CDSA supports skills upgrading across various disciplines, including art making, digitalization, entrepreneurship and audience development. To date around 600 training opportunities have been supported, benefiting over 200 arts  organizations and  self-employed  workers  in the arts sector. To alleviate the financial burden  on artists and arts organizations, 50% of the CDSA subsidies are paid in advance as soon as they sign  up. A broad range of programmes are eligible for the CDSA, including workshops, masterclasses, seminars, lectures, professional programmes and residencies. Online training programmes can also receive support, provided the areas of training relate to the arts and culture sector.

(See Sustaining the Arts during Covid-19)



Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Media Arts
Performing Arts
Visual Arts