Getting arts scene back on its feet


ARTISTeS or arts organisations in Penang wishing to share programmes or activities with the public online can apply for grants under the Show Penang project.

The state initiative is meant to help the local arts scene through the tough times caused by Covid-19 and the movement control order (MCO).

A budget of RM200,000 has been allocated by the state to support the effort which is part of the second economic stimulus package also known as the Penang People’s Aid Package 2.0.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has affected many worldwide with a huge impact on the arts scene. Arts events big and small have been cancelled.

“This platform is for Penang artistes to showcase, display, publish or air their programmes online, ” said Penang tourism development, arts, culture and heritage committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin in a recent media statement.

This digitalisation of content, he added, would also help promote Penang as a destination rich in arts, culture, heritage, music and talent to a global audience.

Individual artistes, arts groups or non-governmental organisations (NGOs) may apply for the grant which offers a maximum of RM3,000 each. Applicants must be from Penang.

Penang will embark on a three-phase action plan to help the local arts scene recover from the pandemic.— FilepicPenang will embark on a three-phase action plan to help the local arts scene recover from the pandemic.— Filepic

All potential programmes must be run online and showcased through the Show Penang Facebook page.

Application letters must be addessed to ‘YB Yeoh Soon Hin, Penang State Exco for Tourism, Arts, Culture and Heritage’ for approval.

All individual applications must state their programme’s objective, concept and budget, and also include a copy of the applicant’s MyKad.

Applications from groups, societies and NGOs must include copies of their society or company registration certificates and latest month’s bank statement along with the programme’s objective, concept and budget.

Only one application is accepted from each person or group.

Email applications to yeohsoonhin@penang.gov.my or yeohsoonhinoffice@gmail.com. The closing date is Dec 31.

For inquiries, call Yeoh’s office at 04-650 5133 or Oong Ren Jie (special officer to Yeoh) at 010-403 8377 during office hours (9am to 5pm, Mondays to Fridays).

Show Penang is the first phase of a three-phase action plan to help the state’s art scene recover after the threat of Covid-19 has passed.

For phase two later this year, the state aims to help arts bodies rebuild with subsidies, funding, bulk purchase of tickets and other measures.

Under phase three for next year, the state intends to intensify efforts in promoting local arts and facilitating collaborations between arts bodies and other industries.

This includes bringing back George Town Festival and ArtPenang on a large scale next year, encouraging private entities to ‘adopt’ arts bodies and prioritising arts performances at state events.

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