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Singapore boosting media sector to alleviate COVID-19 banes

As part of Singapore’s effort to protect jobs and livelihoods, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) is introducing a series of initiatives that will help media companies benefit from more production project opportunities and reduced operating costs, as well as assist media professionals and freelancers build up their resilience through training and upskilling.

IMDA will launch a new $8-million Public Service Content (PSC) Fund that will catalyse more production projects that in turn will benefit media professionals in the coming months. Under this initiative, Mediacorp, Viddsee and SPH will commission short-form content for their digital platforms through a Call for Proposal.

Media companies and talents can take advantage of the Circuit Breaker – Singapore’s version of a calibrated lockdown – period to start planning, conceptualising and submitting their proposals to be ready for production work when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

To support media practitioners affected by the cancellation and postponement of projects,

 IMDA will match the Singapore Association for Motion Picture Professionals’ (SAMPP) COVID-19 Relief Fund1 contribution of $20,000.

The Film Exhibition and Distribution Licence Fees will also be waived from 17 April 2020 until further notice. The waiver will apply to new license applications and renewal of existing licenses. Classification fees for films (public exhibition and video distribution), video games and label fees will also be waived until further notice

Minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran said: “The government will continue to support our media companies and professionals as they weather this trying period, so that they can continue to create content that inspires, uplifts and binds us as one united people.”

For more information on efforts to support the media sector, log on to: https://www.imda.gov.sg/for-industry/Efforts-To-Support-Singapore-Media-Sector

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