Performing arts companies to receive funding under new law

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 29 2019 01:26 PM

MANILA -- A new law guarantees funding for national performing arts companies to promote the dramatic arts in the Philippines.

Under Republic Act No. 11392 or the National Performing Arts Companies Act, the following are entitled to a P10 million annual budget for 5 years:

- 1 National Ballet/Contemporary Dance Company
- 1 National Theater Company
- 1 National Orchestra 

A National Choral Company and National Indigenous Performing Ensemble, meanwhile, is each entitled to P5 million per year for 5 years.

The law also states that a maximum of 3 applicants from each of the performing arts companies shall qualify for an annual P1 million subsidy, renewable upon evaluation of their performance, research, documentation, and commissioned work.

Signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 22, the new measure requires the national performing arts companies to fulfill the following:

- Undertake continuing training and education for the professional development of its members;

- Conduct research relative to particular performing arts and undertake documentation of its activities and programs;

- Organize and present a regular annual season of performances at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and other venues in the country;

- Develop and build a repertoire of original Filipino works that will help define the national cultural identity;

- Maintain and promote a standard of artistic excellence in its field that will help elevate performing arts in the country;

- Conduct continuing audience development program and promote greater awareness and appreciation of performing arts; and

- Maintain a viable and sustainable performing arts organization and help set a standard for effective and efficient performing arts management.

The new measure also establishes a 15-member selection committee for the national performing arts companies.

The companies shall be entitled to free and equitable use of government facilities and cultural venues; access to grants for research documentations, productions, workshops, training, and audience development programs from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts; and intellectual property rights to their work.