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Music pioneer's grant to nurture young artists

27 August 2012

The Paul Abisheganaden Grant for Artistic Excellence seeks to encourage emerging artists within NUS in music and other forms of performing arts

The late Mr Paul Abisheganaden, Singapore's distinguished arts pioneer and music veteran, may have passed away for almost a year but his legacy will live on through a fund that helps nurture budding young artists.

The Paul Abisheganaden Grant for Artistic Excellence, a gift of S$100,000 set up by his three daughters, pays tribute to Mr Abisheganaden's pioneering spirit as an artist, educator and advocator of student arts on campus. It aims to recognise and encourage emerging artists within NUS in music and other forms of performing arts.

NUS students and alumni who have made outstanding contribution to NUS Centre For the Arts (CFA) or the arts community qualify for this grant of S$10,000 per recipient, which will be given out yearly from academic year 2012 to 2022. The beneficiaries are free to pursue in-depth study of the arts to further their skills, be it attending summer workshops, conferences or master classes locally or abroad.

Mr Abisheganaden was the president of the predecessor of what is now the NUS Society. As the founding director of NUS' Centre for Musical Activities, he formed and mentored many of the dance and music groups which were later incorporated into the University's student arts talent development body CFA.

The versatile musician established the Singapore Chamber Ensemble, a precursor to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. For championing and promoting the arts through festivals and concerts in Singapore, he received multiple accolades, including the Member of the Order of the British Empire, the Cultural Medallion and the NUS Distinguished Alumni Award.

Ms Christine Khor, Director of CFA said: "A perfect gentleman, Paul has been a passionate pioneer of Singapore arts, especially music in all its forms. We in the arts should celebrate his life, honour his memory and be inspired to contribute as passionately to the arts."

The grant overseen by CFA is now open for application until 28 September 2012. The recipient will be announced in early November this year.

Donors are welcome to contribute to this initiative. Those who make a gift of S$100 and above will receive a limited edition copy of Notes Across the Years: Anecdotes From A Musical Life by Mr Abisheganaden, while stocks last.