Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award ;

Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award

Key Dates


Start of Nomination

13 May 2022


End of Nomination

30 September 2022, 5pm



October – November 2022


Award Presentation Ceremony

May 2023

Nomination Steps

About the Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award

The Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award is an annual award conferred to individuals and organisations who made extraordinary contributions to the promotion, enrichment, and development of Chinese Singaporean culture.

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3 Simple Steps

to Nominate Your Cultural Contributors



the nomination form HERE



the nomination form. Submissions must be in either Chinese or English. Do not submit hand-written nomination applications.



the nomination form and all supporting documents to SCCC.

Please refer to Nomination Guidelines for more submission details and required supporting documents.

Nominee Criteria


  • All nominees must be living, and a Singapore citizen or PR
  • No restriction on a nominee’s age, gender or ethnicity


  • Must be Singapore-registered corporations and non-profit entities whose main function is to promote arts and culture

*Works/contributions may be made through a non-Chinese language medium.

Nomination Results

SCCC will inform all successful nominators and nominees about the outcome of their nominations. The judges’ decision is final; there is no process to appeal the outcome. Subsequently, the Award Presentation Ceremony is scheduled for mid-year.

Award Categories


Trophy, S$10,000 cash prize and a maximum of S$10,000 project funding (application subject to approval, and on a reimbursement basis).


Trophy, S$10,000 cash prize and a maximum of S$20,000 project funding (application subject to approval, and on a reimbursement basis).

*Application subject for project funding is subject to approval, and on a reimbursement basis. All project funding should be fully utilised within 1 year (12 months) from the date of receiving the award.

Assessment Criteria

The judging panel will assess nominees via this rubric:

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Dedication and recognition in the field

  • Tireless dedication to the practice of the chosen field.
  • Exemplary influence and inspirational role model, a respected figure of the chosen field.
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Cultural promotion efforts

  • Strong and wide promotional efforts (e.g. education, community nvolvement, etc.) in the chosen field.
  • Effectiveness in promoting and enhancing the social standing and international influence of the chosen field.
  • Facilitating greater awareness and deeper understanding of Chinese culture and language.
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Transmission of tradition

  • Sustainable development of the chosen field through the transmission of tradition to young practitioners.
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Innovation and breakthrough

  • Fostering cultural exchanges and collaborations with other ethnic groups in chosen field.
  • Achieving breakthroughs in the chosen field, thereby moulding our distinctive local culture.

Judging Panel

The Award process starts with a public nomination, and shortlisting of the nominees by the panel of judges. Final recommendations will be put up to the SCCC Board of Directors for approval. Our judging panel is helmed by Mr Lim Jim Koon, and comprises distinguished individuals from the local cultural scene — Special Advisor Professor Eddie Kuo Chen Yu, Ms Quek Yeng Yeng, Ms Woo Mun Ngan,  Mr Teo Han Wue, and Mr Choo Thiam Siew. Together, they assess the nominees based on the award criteria in a just and fair manner.

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Mr Lim Jim Koon

Judging Committee Chairman

Lim Jim Koon, former Editor of Lianhe Zaobao and former Editor-in-Chief of Chinese Media Group at Singapore Press Holdings, is now an Adjunct Professor of the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration at Nanyang Technological University and of the Singapore University of Social Sciences.

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Professor Eddie Kuo Chen Yu

Special Advisor

Professor Eddie Kuo is the Founding Dean and Professor Emeritus of Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information of NTU, Academic Advisor, Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), and Advisor, SUSS Centre for Chinese Studies.

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Ms Quek Yeng Yeng


Quek Yeng Yeng, former Deputy Director at the National Arts Council, served on various performing arts, community engagement and arts infrastructure portfolios. She is an avid supporter for active ageing through the arts and sports in community.

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Ms Woo Mun Ngan


Woo Mun Ngan, Associate Editor cum Fukan Editor, Chinese Media Group NewsHub, has been an established reporter covering arts and culture related topics. She has published “Aria” (咏叹调), a compilation of her commentaries on music. Woo was a Council Member of the National Arts Council from 2010 to 2013.

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Mr Teo Han Wue


Teo Han Wue, was an editor of the former Bilingual Section of The Straits Times providing contents in English/Chinese, English/Malay and English/Tamil format, as well as the head of translation of the English language daily. He later became a director at the National Arts Council and executive director of Art Retreat, a private museum incorporating Wu Guanzhong Gallery until he dedicated himself fully to writing about art and culture for various publications in English and Chinese.

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Mr Choo Thiam Siew


Mr Choo is currently serving as an Independent Director of COMPASS, and is an advisor for Singapore Chinese Music Federation, Huaxia Culture Hub, Tradition Arts Centre (Singapore) Ltd, San Yi Finger Painting Society, and Lifetime Honorary Advisor of Chinese Opera and drama society (Singapore). He is a Board Director of Ding Yi Music Company, and the President of General Society for Chinese Classical Poetry (International). He is also a member of Xin Hai Calligraphy Society (Singapore).

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Mr Low Eng Teong


Mr Low Eng Teong is currently the Chief Executive in the National Arts Council (NAC). He is also a board member of the Singapore Art Museum, STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre and Singapore Chinese Orchestra.

Frequently Asked Questions

About The Award

The SCCCA recognises individuals and organisations from various cultural sectors, who have made outstanding contributions in the promotion, enrichment, and development of Singapore Chinese culture. More importantly, this Cultural Contribution Award encompasses more than the artistic aspects of Chinese culture.

The award is open to nominations from the fields of Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Film & Television, Literary Arts, Heritage and Lifestyle, Popular Culture and Entertainment and Design.

● Performing Arts may include art forms such as music, dance, opera, theatre and others.
● Visual Arts may include art forms such as calligraphy, painting, ceramic, sculpture and others.
● Film & Television may include documentaries, short-films and others.
● Literary Arts may include fiction, poetry, scripts and others.
● Heritage and Lifestyle may include customs and traditions that are practised today such as food, martial arts, traditional crafts and others.
● Popular Culture and Entertainment may include getai, fashion and others.
● Design may include visual, product, architectural and environmental design and others. Arts fields may include the literary arts, performing arts, visual arts, film and others.

The nominees could be:
● Practitioners, organisations or non-profit entities directly involved in the various fields (e.g. dancers, chefs, architects etc.) or
● Individuals, organisations or non-profit entities engaged in the various fields through their own disciplines (e.g. dance critics, food researchers, design curators, etc.)

There is no overlapping between the two awards. The SCCCA recognises contributions made beyond the fine arts, to include the wider realm of heritage, popular culture and creative design.

Yes, barring unforeseen circumstances, it is conferred once annually.

Portfolio Submission

Yes. A nominator may resubmit nomination(s) which was previously not successful. However, please include the nominee’s updated portfolio and CV.

You are strongly encouraged to include any other materials, including letters of support, media reviews, articles, and critical essays, which best reflect the level of excellence and impact of the nominees’ work on the local Chinese cultural scene.

Yes. The project funding should be fully utilised within 1 year (12 months) from the date of receiving the award.


Yes. Nominators may submit more than one nomination for each award.

No. Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award only accepts nominations for living Singapore citizens and PRs.

No. It is assessed according to the extent to which nominees meet the criteria for the Award. The number of nominators or nominations does not affect the prospects of a nominee receiving the Award.

Yes. There is no restriction on age, gender or ethnicity. Non-Chinese, who have made outstanding contributions to Chinese Singaporean culture are eligible to be nominated.

Yes, your nominee would have to be informed as the form requires the nominee’s particulars and signature.

Yes. They are eligible to be nominated and to win an Award even if their works and contributions were made through non-Chinese language medium, such as English, Malay, and/or other language medium.

Selection Process

No. Recipients are assessed based on how well they meet the Award’s criteria and there is no set quota or target number of recipients

The Award process starts with a public nomination, and shortlisting of the nominees by the panel of judges. Final recommendations will be put up to the SCCC Board of Directors for approval.

SCCC will inform all successful nominators and nominees about the outcome of their nominations at the end of the year.

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