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NCCA provides cash assistance to artists and art industry workers

To help artists and people working in the industry affected by the Covid-19 crisis, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Board of Commissioners has approved a P63.8 million budget for the organization’s “Assistance Program in Response to the Call for Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.”

The initial cash assistance under the NCCA Assistance Program for Artists and Cultural Workers Under the State of Calamity provides P5,000 to artists and cultural workers who are not under an employer-employee relationship, without regular income, and are working freelance—those whose sources of income are gone due to the ECQ. This program has benefited the 1,005 beneficiaries.


While the first batch of NCCA assistance focuses on immediate cash aid, the second batch of assistance will be implemented with two primary components. The first will be the continuation of the Cash Assistance Program to cover additional 1,250 beneficiaries from the NCCA-TUPAD registry and those endorsed by the Artists Welfare of the Philippines, Inc. (AWPI) and Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP). NCCA says they have allocated P6.4 million for this. 

Meanwhile, the remaining P57.4 million will be allocated to the second component, which allows for support to committee driven grants, subsidy programs, or online projects and activities relevant to each committee’s mandate and/or an option to continue with the cash assistance program. The budget for the second component will be distributed to NCCA’s 19 national committees, which covers various art forms and cultural disciplines, including architecture and the allied arts, cinema, dance, dramatic arts, literary arts, music, visual arts, archives, art galleries, historical research, libraries and information service, monuments and sites, museums, communication, language and translation, cultural education, and cultural communities in the north, central, and southern Philippines.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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