How to use the TOTE Board Arts Grant for Cheap Concert Tickets

Are you a Primary, Secondary, JC, Poly student or someone like a teacher representing them? If so, there is a way for you to get 60% discount on many tickets, thanks to the Singapore Totalisator Board (STB) Arts Grant. This is a step by step article on how to get this refund for Philharmonic Winds‘ concert on 9 June: Behind Wooden Bars.

A bit more background: Endorsed by the National Arts Council (NAC) Arts Education Programme (AEP), the TOTE Board Arts Fund is setup to subsidise the cost of quality arts education programmes to schools so as to promote arts appreciation among students. You can learn more about the bla bla bla on your own sweet time.

Ok here are the steps:

  1. Make payment of full ticket price to The Philharmonic Winds (by through SISTIC).
  2. Obtain NAC letter (just download and print. TIF ~1MB)
  3. Obtain invoice from The Philharmonic Winds. See sample (PDF ~80KB).
  4. Pass both documents to your school administrative manager

And your administrator will change the expenditure on concert tickets to “STB Arts Grant (Local Only)” project code (799021) in the Integrated Financial Accounting and Administration System (IFAAS). Don’t worry – they know.

For the invoice, an e-mail to info [at] philharmonicwinds [dot] org is sufficient if you don’t already have another contact to do so.

Typically, you can choose to let students pay the full price first and make re-imbursement later, or, if you’re representing some entity with petty cash or school funds at your disposal, then you can choose to collect the subsidized rate from students before making claims through the STB Arts Grant.

Remember – this reimbursement is only 60% of the ticket, so if you bought the $15 tickets, you’ll get back $9 per ticket. Hey $6 for a Philwinds concert with a reasonably good seat beats the crowded movie theatre anytime! Plus, Bobo is really awesome!

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4 Responses

  1. Oh dear… Zechariah Goh Toh Chai. Scared of him liao. I’ve sung or heard some of his songs when I was still in choir and many of them are… “contemporary”. He had choir piece called “Eastbound” and we were actually singing all the stations east of City Hall on the East-West Line @.@

  2. Wah, so big sacrifice ah. Got chio bu staring at you when you sing or not 🙂 Toh Chai very nice one la – you haven’t met him before only ma. Yes his works are contemporary literally, but that shouldn’t stop you from appreciating it – most of your familiar favourites were contemporaries of your ancestors at one point in time.

    So you rather hear my pieces is it.

  3. Uni students very able one mah. Should be able to figure out how to find $12 for a concert 🙂

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