Five Taiwanese performance groups have received subsidies that total NT$99 million (US$3.12 million) under the Ministry of Culture’s 2015 Taiwan Brand project as part of efforts to support the productivity, market development, and operations of local theaters.
The five chosen groups are: the Cloud Gate Dance Foundation (財團法人雲門舞集文教基金會), the Paper Windmill Theatre (紙風車劇團), the Ju Percussion Group Foundation (財團法人擊樂文教基金會), the Ming Hwa Yuan Arts & Cultural Group (明華園戲劇團), and U-Theatre (財團法人優人文化藝術基金會).
Launched in 2013, the subsidy project has successfully helped fund group growth and improvement in terms of presentation of new productions, audience development, networking, and media exposure. The five subsidized groups have staged 1,406 shows at home and 168 overseas, successfully attracting over 2.86 million viewers in the past five years.
The subsidy project is an advanced measure of another program that funds local performing arts groups according to their stages of development. This year’s recipients were all previously ranked “Excellent” in the Ministry’s Three-Tier Funding project, and their inclusion in the Taiwan Brand program will allow these mature groups to develop stably and further promote themselves on the international and domestic stage.
The 2015 committee members include cultural critic Lin Ku-fang (林谷芳), former cultural official Tchen Yu-chiou (陳郁秀), cultural studies professor Maria Chiu (邱大環), cultural administrator Yu Kuo-hua (于國華), and senior curator Chen Chih (陳琪). They voted on the recipients and the subsidy amounts after reviewing the applicants’ previous records and future plans.
2015 Recipients of the Taiwan Brand Project
- Cloud Gate Dance Theatre -- NT$40 million
- Paper Windmill Theatre -- NT$16 million
- Ju Percussion Group Foundation -- NT$15 million
- Ming Hwa Yuan -- NT$14 million
- U-Theatre -- NT$14 million