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Who We Are
The Foundation for the Arts and Social Enterprise is an arts charity that aims to develop the local arts scene and to bring our best talents to the global stage.
It takes a unique approach to project development and fundraising. It acts like a venture capitalist in the arts space – developing the project with the artiste, raising funds and implementing the project, including public communications. The idea is to ensure that every project delivers significant impact.
Fundraising is premised on converging business and the arts through philanthropy. The Foundation leverages its connection to business networks and resources to design arts initiatives that benefit both the artistes and business, and ultimately the society. In addition, all funds raised by the Foundation are matched by the government, dollar for dollar.
Our vision is to promote the arts as the creative impulse that drives a first-world society. The Foundation takes a holistic interventionist approach with its projects, engaging meaningfully with government and corporates to help drive its goals toward a vibrant arts ecosystem. In the long term, the Foundation aims to become the premier platform in Asia to generate high-impact arts initiatives, through strategic fund-raising and by extending a regional market for the arts.
Led by founder Michael Tay, the Foundation was established in February 2013 as a non-profit and became an arts charity in September 2014.