The Ministry of Culture will offer a total of NT$156 million (US$4.9 million) to 88 individuals artists and performing groups this year under its flagship subsidy program that aims to create a financially stable environment for the local performing arts sector.
The annual Three-Tier Funding Project subsidizes Taiwanese troupes according to their sizes and stages of development — i.e. Incubation, Development, and Excellence. By removing major economic obstacles, the project enables local artists to focus on creating and refining their performances.
This year's 88 recipients were selected from more than 145 applicants. A total of NT$35 million will go to 18 individuals and groups from the music category, NT$35.5 million will go to 24 recipients from the dance category, NT$39 million to 20 recipients from traditional opera, and NT$46.5 million to 26 recipients from the modern drama category.
The 2015 recipients include the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation for Culture and Education (財團法人台北愛樂文教基金會), Dance Forum Taipei (舞蹈空間舞蹈團), Contemporary Legend Theatre (當代傳奇劇場), Tang Mei Yun Taiwanese Opera Company (唐美雲歌仔戲團), The Puppet and Its Double Theater (無獨有偶工作室劇團), the Tainaner Ensemble (台南人劇團), and the Green Ray Theater (綠光劇團).