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Mapletree Sing50 Charity Ticket Drive at VivoCity to aid two children funds

Singapore, 4 June 2015 – Tickets for the public to the Sing50 concert, organised jointly by The Straits Times and The Business Times, have sold out. But presenting sponsor Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd (Mapletree) is making more tickets available in an effort to raise funds for two children's charities.

Starting from Saturday (June 6), tickets for the August 7 concert will be available on weekends at the VivoCity shopping mall for a minimum donation of $20, limited to 10 tickets per person. The Mapletree Sing50 Charity Ticket Drive at VivoCityaims to raise $100,000 for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund to support children and youth from underprivileged backgrounds.

The star-studded concert at the National Stadium will feature well-known Singapore artists performing iconic songs that have been composed, performed or made popular by home-grown artists across all language and music genres over the past five decades. They include artists like Stefanie Sun, JJ Lin, Tracy Huang, Dick Lee, Jeremy Monteiro, Rahimah Rahim, Mohamad Raffee and emerging artists Reuby, Dru Chen and Ling Kai.

Aside from the tickets that went on sale and those being made available through Mapletree's charity drive, the concert organisers have set aside tickets for schools and community groups, among others.

Commenting on the charity ticket drive, Group Chief Executive Officer of Mapletree, Mr Hiew Yoon Khong, said: "Mapletree is a keen advocate for education causes as well as for local artistic talent. We are glad that we can lend support and raise funds for the less privileged in our community through our sponsorship of the Sing50 concert."

Mapletree Commercial Trust Management Ltd (MCTM) Chief Executive Officer, Ms Amy Ng, added: "MCTM is happy to support this event and for VivoCity to host the Sing50 pop-up concerts, which will help to raise more awareness for this charitable cause."

The Straits Times School Pocket  Money Fund disburses pocket money to children from low-income families to help them through school and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund provides fully-sponsored arts training for young people from financially-disadvantaged backgrounds. Both are the adopted charities of the Sing50 concert. 

The Mapletree Sing50 Charity Ticket Drive at VivoCity will be held on June 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28, while ticket stocks last. The donation booth will be located near the Customer Service Counter on Level 1, VivoCity. 

Championing Singapore Songs

Sing50 concert, a showcase of Singapore’s rich and diverse music heritage, is jointly organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times, as a birthday gift to Singapore’s golden jubilee in August.

In the lead-up to the concert, the organisers will present a series of pop-up concerts at VivoCity and Resorts World Sentosa to engage the community. These pop-up concerts, a sneak preview of the Sing50 concert, will feature acoustic performances by ChildAid alumni like, Amni Musfirah, singing their rendition of some of Singapore’s greatest hits as polled by the public through the Sing50 concert website. 

Mrs Seah-Khoo Ee Boon, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Communications, Resorts World Sentosa, said: “As the Supporting Presenter of the Sing50 concert, Resorts World Sentosa celebrates SG50 with the nation and pays tribute to Singapore’s rich and diverse pop music scene. Besides driving greater anticipation for the Sing50 concert, this series of pop-up concerts provide a platform for young and talented artists to perform. We welcome all to show your support for these young talents at Resort World Sentosa during the coming June school holidays.”

The pop-up concerts, which are open to the public, will be held at VivoCity on June 6, 7, 13 and 14, from 3.00pm to 3.45pm, Level 1, South Avenue and on June 20 and 27 from4.00pm to 4.45pm at Resorts World Sentosa, Basement 1 (near the entrance to Resorts World Convention Centre). 

Mapletree is the presenting sponsor and Resorts World Sentosa is the supporting presenter. For everyone who attend the concert, Sing50 sponsor Zurich will donate $5 to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund. The RICE Company Limited is the executive producer of the Sing50 concert and Steinway Gallery Singapore is the piano partner.

For more information, please visit www.sing50concert.sg


Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd Co. 
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For more information, please contact: 

Yasminbee Sheikh (Ms) 
Integrated Communications 
The RICE Company Limited 
HP: 9880 0104 
Email: yasminbee@therice.sg 
 
Deror Wong (Mr) 
Assistant Manager 
Corporate Communications & CSR 
Singapore Press Holdings Limited 
DID: 6319 1226
Email: derorw@sph.com.sg 


About Sing50 concert 

Sing50 is a celebration concert of 50 years of Singapore Music co-organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times of Singapore Press Holdings Limited. The two-hour long concert will be staged at the new National Stadium, Singapore Sports Hub on 7th August 2015, two days ahead of Singapore's 50th National Day. The mega concert will feature iconic popular songs, composers, performers and stories that mark the milestones of music in Singapore for the past 50 years. The concert will also showcase both established and new talents from an almost all-Singapore cast in the local and international music scene. This inter-generational music concert is a birthday gift to the nation's golden jubilee SG50 celebrations. 

About The Straits Times 

The Straits Times is the English-language flagship daily of Singapore Press Holdings and the most-read newspaper in Singapore. It was launched on July 15, 1845, and provides comprehensive coverage of local, regional and international news. It has 20 bureaus in major cities worldwide, with its correspondents providing a Singapore perspective on what is happening around the world. Complementing the main title are weekly lifestyle supplements Digital Life, Urban and Mind Your Body, as well as IN and Little Red Dot for students. 

The Straits Times is also on digital platforms with its website at www.straitstimes.com. It also has ioS and Android apps, and a menu of e-books housed in a separate Straits Times Star app. 

The Straits Times has won multiple international awards, including from the Society of Publishers in Asia, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association (Panpa) and Society of News Design. It was named Singapore Newspaper of the Year 2014 and 2013 by Marketing magazine and voted Singapore’s favourite newspaper 2013 by Superbrands. 

Its website www.straitstimes.com won gold in “Best In Online Media” at the 2012 Wan-Ifra Asian Digital Media Awards. Its Communities microsites platform was named 2014 Digital nnovation of the Year award by Panpa, and got Gold in the Best in Social Media category at the 2013 Wan-Ifra Asian Digital Media Awards. 

About The Business Times 

The Business Times, a member of the Singapore Press Holdings group, is South-east Asia's leading financial daily. BT brings to its readers daily corporate, financial, economic and political news, analysis and commentary on print and digital platforms. It provides readers with in-depth coverage of Singapore and Asian business and economic developments, as well as global trends that impact Singapore business. BT's lifestyle journalists bring busy executives the latest in recreation, entertainment, the arts, design, food and shopping. 

For more information, please visit businesstimes.com.sg

Facebook: facebook.com/TheBusinessTimes 
Twitter: @BTbreakingnews 
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/the-business-times 
Google+: plus.google.com/+BusinessTimesSgBT 

About The Rice Company Limited 

The RICE Company Limited is a non-profit organisation that harvests the potential of the arts and culture for the development of human lives and connecting communities locally and around the world. The RICE Company Limited was incorporated on March  2014 and is a registered charity with an IPC. 

The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund
 
The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (“SPMF”) started in 2000 as a community project initiated by The Straits Times that provides pocket money to children from low-income families to help them through school. 

SPMF was established as a Trust on 20 October 2010 and received charity status on 14 November 2011 with Institution of A Public Character (IPC) status effective from 1 January 2012. It is governed by a Board of Trustees.

Since the project inception in 2000, SPMF has helped close to 130,000 cases of children and youth from low-income families, between the ages of 7 to 21 years. Funds raised go towards school pocket money disbursements and support of the social and educational development of the children and youth. 

For more information, please visit http://spmf.org.sg.

The Business Times Budding Artists Fund

Supporting Young Ambitions
Initiated in 2004 and adopted by The Business Times in 2005, The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) originated from a conviction that no child with the strong interest and potential in the arts should be denied the opportunity to develop his or her talents due to a lack of financial resources. Since 2005, BT BAF has reached out to more than 13,000 financially-disadvantaged children and youth, between the ages of 5 to19 years old, through a variety of programmes including a structured arts training programme, arts camps, workshops and signature events. BT BAF supports two arts training centres, The Little Arts Academy and 10 Square @ Orchard Central, and is managed by The RICE Company Limited.

For more information, visit www.baf.sg