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Step right up and be part of ChildAid 2013!

Singapore, 26 April 2013 - Calling all youths who want to get into the ChildAid act. Here's your chance to get a shot at it! 

The organisers for ChildAid 2013 have started planning yet another exciting show this year and are looking for talents to be part of this charity calendar event in December.

If you are between six and 19 years, can sing, dance, play a musical instrument or perform circus and acrobatic acts, or if you make a good emcee, you can now sign up to be part of this charity concert. ChildAid 2013 will be staged on 6 and 7 December at the 1,680-seat Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands, the official venue partner for ChildAid for 2012 to 2014. There will also be a matinee show on 7 December, in addition to the two evening concerts.

ChildAid is organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times. Into its ninth run, the organisers are on the search for talented youth with big hearts, who want to help the less fortunate kids by helping to raise funds for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BAF).

Mr Alvin Tay, organising chairman of this year's charity talent show and Editor of The Business Times, said: "ChildAid is an annual concert with a heart. It's about caring for the less privileged in our society as well as a showcase of excellence in the arts. Over the past eight years, I have been amazed by the constant stream of top-class, young musical talents performing on the ChildAid stage. Many of these ChildAid performers have moved on to win international music competitions and awards, as well as gained admission to prestigious music schools and universities overseas.”

Added Mr Tay, who also chairs BAF, which helps artistically gifted but less privileged children to develop their talent: "Artistic excellence notwithstanding, ChildAid's main objective is about youths and children making an impact on the lives of their less privileged peers -- a segment of the society that is the main focus of our two chosen charities." 

Mr Warren Fernandez, Editor of The Straits Times, which launched the School Pocket Money Fund in 2002 to help children from low-income families with their school-related expenses, said: "It
's all about children helping children. ChildAid showcases the skills of some amazing young talent, to benefit some of their peers who need help from the School Pocket Money Fund. We are happy to make this connection possible."

Mr George Tanasijevich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marina Bays Sands, said: “For Marina Bay Sands, giving back to the community moves beyond monetary donations
; it is about active engagement with the community and long-term impactful partnerships through our programme Sands for Singapore. Our three year commitment to ChildAid fulfils the ethos behind our programme and we are honoured to provide a stage to the talented youth who are performing for a meaningful cause. We look forward to this year’s instalment of ChildAid and strongly encourage young performers to step forward and lend their talent to this year’s ChildAid concert.”

Giving a hint of what this year's concert theme would be, ChildAid show director Jeremiah Choy, of Orangedot Productions
said: "After last year's electrifying show, we are changing the tempo a little. This year, we hope to have a more intimate show, focusing more on talented individuals or smaller groups. The theme this year will be carnival and colourful in nature, celebrating and continuing the ChildAid tradition of children raising funds for children."

Since it started in 2005, the annual ChildAid concerts have raised a total of $7.823 million. Last year's show, performed by a 210-strong cast to The Electric Edition theme, raised a record $2.016 million. 

A showcase of excellence, ChildAid performers who have stepped forward included youths who have earned top accolades, or who are either forerunners in their field of performance or have won national competitions.

Past years' shows hailed Abigail Sin, who at a tender age was named one of Asia's rising prodigies by Time Magazine; Janani Sridar, a first prize winner in the 58th Llangollen International Musical Euisteddfd; Jazz singer Nathan Hartono, winner of Teenage Idol singing competition; young drummer Ethan Ong, who has won many national and international awards, and Kevin Loh, recipient of the HSBC Youth Excellence Award in 2010, the first Singaporean to clinch top honours at the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Youth Competition (junior category) in 2011, among others.

In March this year, nine-year-old Ong Yi Ting, a flutist who performed in ChildAid 2012, won the first prize in the 11th International Russian Rotary Music Competition, held in Moscow. Homegrown violinist Gabriel Ng, 17, recipient of the HSBC Youth Excellence Award in 2006, and winner of the Best Performance of the Bach award at the 2012 Menuhin Violin Competition, also wowed the audience in last year's concert.

Those interested in performing in ChildAid 2013 can submit their entries to 
childaid@sph.com.sg between April 25 to June 8. They must also send in a video recording of their performance and include a short write-up on why they want to be part of ChildAid 2013.

For more details and rules on submissions, send your query to 
childaid@sph.com.sg or check out www.straitstimes.com.sg/childaid.


Call for entries for ChildAid 2013


Organisers are looking for:

- Classical instrumentalists (like piano, violin, cello, flute, etc)
- Vocalists
- Dancers, both classical and contemporary
- Emcees
- Drummers 
- Circus and magic acts
- Gymnasts and acrobats (including contortionists, stilt walkers)
- Puppeteers
- A cappella groups

How to enter:

- Open to all aged 19 and below (on January 1, 2013), who have musical, dance or circus talent, or want to be the show's emcees.
- Indicate if you want to perform a solo act or be part of a group.
- Submit a recording of your performance, a photograph and a short write-up about yourself or your group, and your musical or dance achievements. 
- The write-up should also say why you want to perform in ChildAid. Include your name, age, school, e-mail address and contact number. 
- Entries should reach the organisers by June 8.

You can e-mail 
childaid@sph.com.sg (mail size should not exceed 15MB) or post to ChildAid 2013, Singapore Press Holdings, 1000 Toa Payoh North, Singapore 318994.

Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for an audition.


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For more information, please contact:


Ms Shahrena Hassan
Senior Manager
Editorial Projects Unit
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 5097
HP: 9796 6115 
Email: shahrena
@sph.com.sg



Mr Yeo Siew Chi 
Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1586
HP: 9749 5105
Email: 
yeosc@sph.com.sg


About ChildAid Concert

ChildAid is a charity concert featuring talents under the age of 19, and is in aid of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund. It is organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times, two newspapers published by Singapore Press Holdings. 

The concert is a platform for young talents who have excelled in their field to showcase their talent, be it in singing, playing a musical instrument or dancing. Some past performers who have showcased their talent on the ChildAid stage have won scholarships overseas to further hone their talent.

ChildAid 2013 is now into its ninth year. 


For more information, go to 
www.straitstimes.com/childaid.


About The Straits Times

The Straits Times, the English flagship daily of SPH, has been serving readers for more than a century. Launched on July 15, 1845, its comprehensive coverage of world news, East Asian news, Southeast Asian news, home news, sports news, financial news and lifestyle updates makes The Straits Times the most-read newspaper in Singapore. 

Quality news, in-depth analyses, impactful commentaries and breaking stories are packaged to give readers riveting accounts of events in Singapore, the region, and beyond. 

The Straits Times' key strength is in its world-class coverage of news outside Singapore. With 20 bureaus in major cities around the world, The Straits Times correspondents bring world news to readers on a Singapore platter, helping them appreciate world events from a Singaporean perspective. 

In keeping with the times, The Straits Times introduced weekly supplements such as Digital Life (DL), Urban and Mind Your Body (MYB) to complement The Straits Times as well as IN and Little Red Dot to cater to young readers in schools. In 2010, IN won the World Young Reader prize for the Newspapers In Education category. The prize was awarded by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (Wan-Ifra).

The Straits Times is also available online at 
www.straitstimes.com, iPads and iPhones through the enhanced ST app and via the Android smartphone app. The comprehensive website provides a free breaking news section, with real-time news updates, and the ST Online Premium edition, which gives subscribers interactive access to ST’s comprehensive news coverage – including commentaries, analyses, blogs, and videos from its multimedia news portal RazorTV – on the go. Users can access a seven-day archive of past editions. 

At Wan-Ifra's Digital Media Awards 2011, ST won Gold awards for Best Newspaper website and Mobile Publishing (iPhone). In addition, two bronze awards were given to ST's social media website Stomp and for Cross Media Advertising on the iPad.


About The Business Times

The Business Times (BT), published by Singapore Press Holdings, is South-east Asia's leading business daily. It is Singapore’s only financial daily and provides a complete guide on the local, regional and international business scene.

BT brings to its readers each day a comprehensive and concise package of corporate, financial, economic and political news, analysis and commentary. BT also carries features and the latest lifestyle trends in food, entertainment, shopping, arts, health, travel and design.

In June 1995, BT became the first English-language newspaper in Asia to go on the World Wide Web. Since January 2000, BT Online started to be available from 4am Singapore time (GMT +8 hrs) and to offer news updates throughout the day, from Mondays to Sundays. 


In October 2011, it launched its BT Weekend iPad app that comes with a PDF format of the BT Weekend print edition. The BT iPhone app was introduced in October 2012 and the BT iPad app in December 2012. In January 2013, BT announced its All-in-One price package for its print, online, smartphone and tablet platforms, where subscribers can read BT on both iOS and Android platforms. 

Redesigned in September 2004 to engage a new generation of readers, a refreshing blue masthead, bigger fonts and friendlier layout were introduced. The content has been expanded to reflect a complete read, packing in loads of new features, such as specialty pages, a daily take on the health of the Singapore economy and dedicated regional pages.

For more information, visit 
www.businesstimes.com.sg


About Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd

Marina Bay Sands is the leading business, leisure and entertainment destination in Asia. It features large and flexible convention and exhibition facilities, 2,560 hotel rooms and suites, the rooftop Sands SkyPark, the best shopping mall in Asia, world-class celebrity chef restaurants and an outdoor event plaza. Its two theaters showcase a range of leading entertainment performances including world-renowned Broadway shows. Completing the line-up of attractions is the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands which plays host to permanent and marquee exhibitions. 

For more information, please visit 
www.marinabaysands.com.