Mobility First! Collaboration Grants 2021 For Artists and Arts Managers

Deadline: February 28, 2021

Mobility Firstwill offer virtual collaboration grants to artists and arts managers from Asia and Europe to jointly create new works or texts. 

This initiative aims to create opportunities for international cultural exchange and professional connections at a time of very limited face-to-face encounters.


  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of application. There is no maximum age limit for artists and arts managers who are in the early or veteran stages of their professional careers are welcome to apply.
  • Artists and arts managers who are citizens of any ASEM partner country, forming a team of 2 or 3 collaborators.
  • Arts organizations that are based and operating in any ASEM partner country, applying on behalf of 3 to 6 collaborators.


  • Grants: Selected participant will be awarded a grant amount of SGD 500
  • Engaging in creative work: A fixed grant of SGD 500 per grantee or collaborator that is meant for artists’ fee and time spent on producing creative outputs
  • Knowledge sharing: grantees benefit from a true exchange of ideas from working with their peers from Asia and/or Europe
  • Building and strengthening connections: collaborations allow for meaningful conversations and diverse cultural expressions


  1. The role and value of artists/arts in a time of crisis: Activities that raise awareness of the significance and contribution of artists & the arts in bringing people together and nurturing positive social change in times of uncertainty
  2. The arts in crisis: Activities that respond to challenges in the arts in the time of Covid-19, particularly the loss of livelihood of many artists & cultural practitioners, disruption of traditional business models of arts organisations, unequal opportunities, and the current debates on the arts as ‘non-essential’ services in a crisis
  3. International cultural collaborations in the new normal: Activities that inspire new and innovative approaches to international collaborations in the time of physical distancing and restricted mobility. International collaborations that involve cross-sectional themes between arts/culture and sustainability & climate change, technology, economy, public health etc. are welcome
  4. Art and well-being: Activities that contribute to the growing body of knowledge on the intersection between art and mental health. Activities that demonstrate improving health and well-being through the arts.


Please read the Application Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) before submitting an application


  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) of each participants
  • Video or visual description of your proposed collaboration
  • Photos or videos of previous works of each participant

Apply as an individual:

Apply as an organisation:

For more information, visit the official webpage of Mobility First

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