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Call for performers for ChildAid 2012

Singapore, 25 April 2012 - Want to be a part of the annual ChildAid charity concert or use your talent to spread the joy of giving and help children in need?

If you are between six and 19 years old, have a special talent for singing, dancing or playing a musical instrument, here's your chance to perform in this year's show, which will be staged on Dec 7 and 8 at the world-class Grand Theatre at Marina Bay Sands, the official venue partner for ChildAid 2012.

Into its eighth run, ChildAid 2012 promises to be "electrifying", given the state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems in the 2,155-seat Grand Theatre, which has showcased several internationally acclaimed performances since it opened in November 2010.

Mr Alvin Tay, Editor of The Business Times and organising chairman of this year's charity talent show said the theme for the concert is still being finalised, but he gives a glimpse of what performers and audience can expect of the show, which is in aid of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BAF).

"It will be yet another dazzling display of talent, befitting the scale and class of the theatre venue. We are brainstorming creative concepts to bring the show to new heights and are raring to go," said Mr Tay, who also chairs the Budding Artists Fund, which helps artistically gifted but less privileged children to develop their talent.

Mr Warren Fernandez, Editor of The Straits Times, which launched the School Pocket Money Fund in 2000 to help children from low-income families with their school-related expenses, said: " We are all very excited about this year's show. We hope the bigger and better venue will attract more young talents to come forward and be a part of this meaningful and worthy cause to help children who are less fortunate. ChildAid is a good showcase of excellence and the gift of sharing."

Since it started in 2005, the annual ChildAid concerts have raised a total of $5.86 million. Last year's show raised a record $1.88 million.

Those interested in performing in ChildAid 2012 can submit their entries to from April 25 to May 18. They must also send in a video recording of their performance and include a short write-up on why they want to be a part of ChildAid 2012.

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Call for entries for ChildAid 2012

How to enter:

  • Open to all aged 19 and below who have musical or dance talent.
  • Indicate if you want to perform a solo act or be part of a group.
  • The performance you want to give should reflect the "Electric Edition" theme.
  • 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 be part of ChildAid. Include your name, age, school, e-mail address and contact number.
  • Entries should reach the organisers by May 18.

E-mail (mail size should not exceed 15MB) or post to ChildAid 2011, 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

Yeo Siew Chi (Mr)
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1586

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 2012 is into its eighth year this year.

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, 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.

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.

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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.

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