As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt across the music sector in Singapore, the Music Society of Singapore (SGMUSO) has enlisted the help of some of the biggest names in the Singapore music scene to aid in raising funds for those who are struggling.
In an appeal video released on 26 January, artists such as Taufik Batisah, Joanna Dong, Sheikh Haikel, Shabir, Haneri, The Freshman, as well as radio DJ and host Jean Danker remind those who are in need that they are not alone and urge viewers to help music industry personnel who have fallen on hard times by donating to the Musician Support Fund (MSF).
An initiative by SGMUSO, the MSF targets to raise S$150,000 in its first phase and a total of S$1 million by the end of 2021.
Donations will be used in four ways — to cover a beneficiary's daily essential living costs (Fund-a-Bill), to remunerate beneficiaries for playing livestream shows from home (Fund-a-Gig), to remunerate bands for performing livestream shows with the support of a production crew in a studio (Fund-a-Band), and to aid a beneficiary in pursuing upskilling opportunities (Fund-a-Skill).
The MSF will also be used to provide mental health and wellness support to those in need.
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Mr Edwin Tong said: “The fund is notable as it not only provides monetary assistance to musicians, but also helps in wellness and mental health support for those in need. I call on everyone to lend your support to the Singapore arts scene. This is one way we can remain sustainable, so please support the community.”
Click here to make a donation.