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Home-grown charity the Foundation for The Arts and Social Enterprise has also launched a 10-year Music Commissioning Series to support Singapore composers and build up a canon of local contemporary music – from Chinese orchestra and cross-cultural works to jazz and musicals.
The series aims to commission one composer a year over a decade, starting with Cultural Medallion recipient Kelly Tang. Each work will have a patron.
Founder Michael Tay says: “While we have had Singapore composers write works for wind bands and orchestras in the past, we don’t see a systematic plan to encourage the writing of major works (of at least 30 minutes).” The series, he adds, “is meant to plug this gap”.