Efforts To Support Singapore’s Media Sector

Media Sector Support

The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) is strengthening its efforts to support the media sector in Singapore during the current COVID-19 situation. These efforts will include working with media partners to develop strong and relatable content during this period, creating opportunities for local companies and freelancers to develop a pipeline of projects, and strengthening the media ecosystem.

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Initiatives Supporting Media Professionals and Freelancers
S$8 million Public Service Content Fund

A new Public Service Content (PSC) Fund has been launched by IMDA in partnership with Mediacorp, Singapore Press Holdings and Viddsee in an effort to catalyse more production projects that in turn, benefits media professionals in the coming months. Under this initiative, Mediacorp, Viddsee and SPH will commission short-form content for their digital platforms through Call-for-Proposals (CFP). Up to $150,000 in funding will be available per project per call. Mediacorp will be launching the first CFP on 23 April 2020. Media companies and talent can take advantage of the Circuit Breaker period to start planning, conceptualising and submitting their proposals to be ready for production work when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Criteria for application of Public Service Content Fund

Singapore-registered media/production companies with a proven track record in local content production over the last three years and which have adopted the Tripartite Standard on the Procurement of Services from Media Freelancers may apply for the Call-for-Proposals from commissioning partners of the Fund. Proposals should fulfil the following criteria:

  • Short form digital content (single video or a slate of videos) with minimum duration of 10-minute per video (standard rate of $25,000 per video will apply)
  • Creative concepts that meet any of the six Public Service Broadcast objectives[1]
  • In any of the four official languages and any genre, with some flexibility for dialect content, but dialect should not form the bulk of the funded slate
  • Funded content should not exceed PG13 classification in accordance with the Content Code for Over-the-Top, Video–on-demand and Niche Services to allow for widest possible reach

SAMPP COVID-19 Relief Fund

IMDA will continue to support impactful, ground-up initiatives by media associations. For one, IMDA has contributed to the Singapore Association for Motion Picture Professionals’ (SAMPP) COVID-19 Relief Fund which will provide grant support between $300 and $500 to film and TV media practitioners whose work have been impacted by COVID-19.

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Support for Self-Employed Persons (SEPs) IMDA also encourages media professionals to make use of this slowdown to deepen their tradecraft by bringing forward their training plans so that they are in good stead for the upturn. IMDA will support the upskilling of Self-Employed Persons (SEPs) by providing a training grant of up to 90% of course fees, capped at $3,000 per course under the Talent Assistance (T-Assist) Programme. In addition to subsidised fees, Self-Employed Persons, including freelancers, can benefit from training allowance for eligible courses
Initiatives Supporting Media Companies

Fee Waiver for Licences and Classification

(Refer to table below for more information)  

IMDA will also help media companies reduce their operating costs. The Film Exhibition and Distribution Licence Fees will be waived from 17 April 2020. The waiver will apply to new licence applications and renewal of existing licences. Classification fees for films (public exhibition and video distribution), video games and label fees will also be waived until further notice.  
Capability Partnership Programme IMDA will help local media companies strengthen their capabilities and increase their competitiveness by leveraging the expertise of MNC partners. IMDA has worked with international content partners such as WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks APAC and ViacomCBS Networks Asia, to bring forward the implementation of the Capabilities Partnership Programme (CPP), which pairs media MNCs with local media companies to develop “Made in Singapore” content. For example, ViacomCBS Networks Asia will develop up to three regional entertainment or family content Intellectual Properties (IPs) in May 2020. WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks APAC plans to commence development of up to three regional original content IPs for HBO Asia in June 2020. The CPP programme is expected to benefit 80 to 100 local media companies over the next 12 months.
For more information, please write to: info@imda.gov.sg

[1] PSB aims to foster a connected society through quality, engaging and informative public service content with reach and impact. PSB programmes serve the following national and social interest objectives:

  1. Promote positive social values important to Singapore and Singaporeans
  2. Celebrate our culture and heritage and/or promote cross-cultural awareness
  3. Promote racial and religious harmony
  4. Promote the Singapore identity
  5. Stimulate knowledge and learning, including factual and educational programmes targeting children, youth and the general population;
  6. Foster an informed society via news, information and analysis of current affairs that increase understanding of the world.

[2] The relief fund will offer grants of between $300 and $500 to film and TV media practitioners affected by the cancellation and postponement of projects.


Waiver of Film Licences and Classification Fees

The following fees will be waived from 17 April 2020 until further notice:

Licence / Application Type Current Fee/Rate
i. Film Exhibition Licence Fees Film Exhibition Licence
  • $600 (1 year)
  • $1,500 (3 years)
ii. Film Distribution Licence Fees Film Distribution (General)
  • $600 (1 year)
  • $1,500 (3 years)

Film Distribution (Restricted)

  • $1,200 (1 year)
  • $3,000 (3 years)
iii. Classification Fee for Films for Public Exhibition
  • $82 per half hour or part thereof
  • $20.50 per half hour or part thereof for non-profit applications
  • $50 per title for repeat titles
iv. Classification Fee for Films for Distribution (Videos)
  • $10 per half hour or part thereof
  • $2.50 per half hour or part thereof for non-profit applications
  • $10 per title for repeat titles
v. Classification Fee for Video Games
  • $50 per M18 title
vi. Classification Label Fees for Films and Video Games
  • $0.80 per label
  • $0.40 per label for co-classified titles


[1] Licence fees for Temporary Licences are not waived. 
[2] Priority processing fees will continue to apply for applications placed under Express Service.

Last updated on: 18 Aug 2020