The National Arts Council (NAC) champions the arts in Singapore. By nurturing creative excellence and supporting broad audience engagement, we want to develop a distinctive global city for the arts. With a nod to tradition and an eye to the future, we cultivate accomplished artists and vibrant companies. Our support for the arts is comprehensive – from grants and partnerships to industry facilitation and arts housing.
NAC seeks to strengthen professionalism in the arts, while developing artists and arts groups in various capacities.
This partnership with IPOS is an opportunity to promote greater awareness and a deeper understanding of Intellectual Property (IP), and to inculcate the importance of IP protection in the arts.
In conjunction with the World IP Day celebrations, NAC will be hosting one workshop weekly during the month of April, to share CreaTIPs for all the various forms of art. IP Practitioners will also be on the ground to answer any questions from the audience.
CreaTIPs for Music by NAC: MICapella & Benjamin Ang
Widely known as the first runner-up on the Chinese reality TV singing competition, The Sing-Off China, MICappella is a Singapore vocal band with a contagious energy, bringing a professional, passionate and edgy spin to A Cappella performances around the world.
The band made history on the 2013 Singapore Hit Awards becoming the first-ever vocal band to be nominated for 4 awards where they received the prestigious . They were also awarded the award from the 2013 A Cappella Community Awards (ACAs), based in USA.
Since then, the band has gone on to represent Singapore at the Hong Kong Asian Pop-Music Festival, became the first-ever Singaporean band to perform at the London A Cappella Festival, co-headlined the professional showcase at SOJAM, in USA, North Carolina and have shared the stage with British rock band, Suede, Korean superstars, Girls Generation, Khalil Fong, The Swingle Singers and more. With their unique blend of English and Mandarin pop, rock, dance and ballads, MICappella never fails to leave their audiences yearning for more.
Benjamin Ang draws from a diverse range of career experiences, from litigation practice to technology consulting to in-house legal work. He has been a litigation lawyer in one of the foremost Singapore law firms, in-house counsel to an international software company and an international trans-media company, and IT consultant to the legal industry.
He enjoys sharing his experiences and knowledge with his students in subjects ranging from Intellectual Property to Media Law to Procedure for Digital Forensics. He has been a popular public speaker at regional legal and technology conferences, and has articles published in various journals. His areas of research interest include intellectual property law, technology law and media law.
Benjamin also creates his own content and intellectual property as the Principal Tutor (Adjunct) for the Electronic Music Lab at the National University of Singapore’s Centre for the Arts, and as a producer and remixer of electronic music signed to the international independent record label Afa-Matrix.