Phase 2 of Re-opening and digitalisation of NAC-Arts Education Programmes (NAC-AEP)

[UPDATED 29 July 2020] Phase 2 of Re-opening and digitalisation of NAC-Arts Education Programmes (NAC-AEP)


1. MOE’s Directives Regarding COVID-19

To protect students and staff against the spread of the COVID-19, MOE has suspended large group and communal activities such as camps and inter-school activities to minimise mingling and mitigate potential risks when students gather in large numbers. External school activities, such as CCAs that are conducted at external/public venues with little control over exposure to crowds continue to be suspended as schools re-open in Term 3. Further details regarding arrangements for schools in Phase 2, can be found on MOE’s website here.


MOE has since provided instructors the option of restructuring their existing contracts in two ways: Firstly, extending their existing contracts by up to a year, but no later than December 2021 or secondly, receiving initial payments paid ahead of actual work done from now until end 2021. For further information, please refer to MOE’s press release and FAQs or contact MOE directly through the email provided on their website.



2. Digital Formats for NAC-AEP and Public Arts Programmes

To gradually bring back essential elements of student development experiences, schools have the option to engage instructors in the delivery of CCA and other arts enrichment activities through alternative modes. Artists/arts groups who wish to explore digital presentation and online engagement modes when delivering approved programmes included in the NAC-AEP 2019-2021 directory may seek approval from NAC by submitting a change request via the NAC-AEP portal. In the submission, please highlight the key changes for example, change in mode of delivery, duration, content, scope of programme, etc.


During this period, NAC will also consider alternative modes of presentation for Public Arts Programmes. Please provide details of the presentation in your application through the NAC-AEP portal as per standard procedure. For changes to existing programmes, you may write directly to us.


Please refer to the user guide for more information on how to submit a change request or a new digital Public Arts Programme.


Schools can use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 50% of costs for the purchase of digital programmes under the current NAC-AEP 2019-2021 directory of programmes.



3. NAC’s Support for the Arts Sector

As we enter phase 2 of re-opening, artists/arts groups can also resume rehearsals, recordings and training classes with safe distancing measures in place. For more information on the advisories relevant to the arts and culture sector, please refer to the NAC website here.


NAC has rolled out several Covid-19 related measures such as the Capability Development Grant for the Arts (CDSA) and the Digital Presentation Grant (DPG) to encourage artists/arts companies to take the opportunity for upskilling and to continue creating quality arts experiences for all through the digital realm. Please note that the deadline for application for both grants has been extended to 14 September 2020. You can find out more about NAC’s support for the arts sector here.


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