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How BTBAF helped young talents to bloom

Since 2005, the Business Times Budding Artists Fund has enabled 7,000 talented but underprivileged kids to train in the arts for free.

Alvin Tay, editor of The Business Times (centre), Colin Goh, chief executive officer of The RICE Company Limited (behind Mr Tay), and Clara Lim-Tan, principal of Yu Neng Primary School - three of the founding members of The Business Times Budding Artists Fund - with some of the fund's young beneficiaries. BTBAF'S fourth founding member was the late renowned musician Iskandar Ismail.

THIS week marks 10 years of efforts by The Business Times Budding Artists Fund to support artistically gifted children from less privileged homes.

Launched on May 11, 2005, the fund has helped 7,000 disadvantaged children pursue various art forms, including visual arts, theatre, music and