MDA aims to create a world-class media cluster that produces globally-competitive content across various sectors. Find out more about MDA’s plans to grow the sector and make Singapore media an admired brand internationally.
In 2025, we envision a Singapore transformed for the better by infocomm media. It will be a place where infocomm media enables a better quality of life for our people through world-class connectivity, compelling local content, and technologies to make everyday lives smoother and more convenient.
MDA's grants and schemes are tailored to the needs of the media industry. Find out how the grants and schemes can help companies and individuals through each stage of a project, from idea conceptualisation to talent development.
Hear from the rising stars on their latest works and how the grants and schemes have helped them to realise their dreams.
Singapore has a buzzing media sector with expertise in animation, broadcast, film, games, interactive media or publishing. Find out more out what Singapore’s media sectors have to offer.
These industry brochures highlight some of the media content that have been produced by Singapore over the past few years. They also feature some of Singapore's more prolific media companies and talented individuals, who have contributed in many ways to a thriving media scene.
As a place to live, work, play and learn, Mediapolis seeks to attract a new generation of media professionals who push boundaries and challenge norms. It acts as an incubator from which emerging media technologies can be created, nurtured and launched.
Experience some of the best media content Singapore has to offer, and find out more about the talents behind these productions.
As a regulator for the industry, MDA aims to formulate and administer policies that enable a vibrant media sector while safeguarding the interests of the public.
Find out more about the various Acts, Codes of Practice and Guidelines that guide the media industry.
MDA has put in place a content classification framework to help the public make more informed media choices, along with conducive and clear regulatory frameworks to encourage innovation and promotes fair competition. Find out more about the MDA policies that guide the media sector.
Classification enables consumers to make informed choices while protecting the young. Find out more about MDA’s content classification approach, content codes and guidelines.
Companies or individuals involved in various media activities are required to obtain the relevant licences from MDA. Get more information on the various types of licences issued by MDA.
In discharging its role, MDA engages multiple stakeholders from the public to industry players to ensure our policies and initiatives are up to date. Find out more about MDA’s consultations and how you can also be part of the process.
To help the public navigate the sea of media choices, MDA spearheads a number of media literacy education and cyber wellness programmes.
MDA supports the Media Literacy Council (MLC) in partnering with industry, community and Government to champion and develop public education and awareness programmes on media literacy and cyber wellness. Find out more about MLC initiatives for both students and the public.
In tandem with global trends, Singapore will be migrating to digital TV. Find out more out about Singapore’s digital TV journey and how you can enjoy the benefits the new technology bring.
MDA promotes and regulates the media sector, so as to contribute towards economic growth and help foster a cohesive and inclusive society in Singapore.
MDA is guided by its mission, vision and core values to ensure a globally competitive Singapore media sector.
MDA was formed on 1 January 2003 by the merger of Singapore Broadcasting Authority (SBA), the Films and Publications Department (FPD) and the Singapore Film Commission (SFC), to champion the development of a vibrant media sector in Singapore.
The MDA Board is chaired by Mr Niam Chiang Meng, Chairman of MDA. The members guide the work of MDA and help chart the growth of Singapore’s media industry.
The MDA Senior Management seeks to ensure that the MDA’s work contributes towards economic growth of the Singapore media sector and helps foster a cohesive and inclusive society.
MDA’s annual report charts its key milestones of the year and the efforts it has put in to promote and regulate the Singapore media industry.
Stay updated with the latest news from MDA through our news releases and speeches.
Keep updated with the latest developments in the local media scene.
Find out what are the upcoming media events in Singapore and around the world.
MDA supports media-related research projects that provide valuable inputs into our policy formulation process and relevant industry development work. Find out what are some of the research projects that MDA has supported.
Find more out about how you can play a part in developing Singapore’s media industry.
As part of its continuous efforts in achieving service excellence, MDA is committed to providing prompt and timely services to all parties.
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The Talent-Assist provides funding support for the capability development of media practitioners, in line with MDA’s policy intent to grow a strong Singapore core of media talents in a flourishing media industry.
MDA is pleased to announce the latest enhancements to the Talent Assistance scheme. The modifications will take effect on 1 June 2015. For more information, please click here.
Individual applicant must be a Singaporean or Permanent Resident.
Singapore-registered companies with at least one Media Singapore Standard Industrial Classification (SSIC) code.
If you would like to find out if your company is listed in the Media SSIC code, enter your SSIC code here.
Find out if your company is listed in the Media SSIC code.
1. Media Education Scholarship
Media professionals and students who wish to pursue full-time media-related undergraduate and post-graduate programmes at reputable Singapore or international universities may apply for the Media Education Scholarship (MES). Applications are open from January to March annually.
2. Specialised Training Grant
This grant is open to application by fresh media graduates and media professionals (employees and freelancers)
The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) has established Continuing Education and Training (CET) Centres to offer media-related courses (Broadcast, Film & TV, Digital Media, Media and Publishing) under the Creative Industries Workforce Skill Qualifications (WSQ) framework. The list of courses can be found
MDA supports selected specialised media courses, workshops and masterclasses that are not under the WSQ framework. Individuals should apply for the courses through Six Degrees, which is the outsourced vendor administrating this grant on behalf of MDA since August 2012.
The list of the pre-approved local courses is available on Six Degrees
website for reference. Overseas courses will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Successful applicants will receive subsidies of up to 90% of course fees and will also be eligible for airfare subsidies and living allowances for overseas training supported by MDA. All subsidies are subject to an annual cap of S$15,000 per applicant.
Please visithttp://www.sixdegrees.asia to apply or for more information. You will be required to setup a basic account.
3. Training Allowance
This grant is only open to application by freelance media professionals
Freelance media professionals are eligible for Training Allowance when attending:
Media-related courses (Broadcast, Film & TV, Digital Media, Media and Publishing)
under the Creative Industries Workforce Skill Qualifications (WSQ) framework. The list of Creative Industries Workforce Skill Qualifications (WSQ) courses can be found
Selected specialised media courses, that are not under the WSQ framework but approved by MDA under the Specialised Training Grant. The list of the courses can be found
here on the Six Degrees website, which is the outsourced vendor administrating this grant on behalf of MDA since August 2012.
Applicants can claim up to S$1,800 per month for training allowance, at a rate of S$7.50 per training hour, capped at a maximum of S$9,000 per individual until 2016.
4. Overseas Enhanced Apprenticeship
This grant is only open to application by experienced media professionals
Experienced media professionals, who possess at least three (3) years (36 months in total and not necessarily consecutively 3 years) of experience in the media industry in an area of specialisation, can apply for the Overseas Enhanced Apprenticeship for up to six months.
Successful applicants will be funded for airfare and living allowances, calculated based on cost of living for the country of apprenticeship, for up to a period of six months (defined as 182 calendar days). The living allowance is a stipend to be used for subsistence allowance, accommodation and transport.
For more information, please refer to the Application and Scheme Guidelines
5. Local and Overseas Enhanced Apprenticeships
This grant is only open to application by organisations to send employees who are experienced media professionals
Media companies can apply for Local and Overseas Enhanced Apprenticeships to send employees, who possess at least three (3) years (36 months in total and not necessarily consecutively 3 years) of experience in the media industry in an area of specialisation, to apprentice at other local or overseas media companies for up to six months.
For Local Enhanced Apprenticeships, successful applicants will be funded up to 70% of the employee’s monthly salary, or up to S$3,200 per month (whichever is the lower amount), up to a period of six months (calculated based on 182 calendar days).
For Overseas Enhanced Apprenticeships, successful applicants will be provided a living allowance (calculated based on cost of living for the country of apprenticeship) and airfare grant support for the candidate, up to a period of six months (calculated based on 182 calendar days). The living allowance is a stipend to be used for subsistence allowance, accommodation and transport.
6. Hire & Train Grant
This grant is only open to application by organisations to hire fresh media graduates and mid-career switchers
Media companies can apply for the Hire & Train Grant to defray the costs of recruiting fresh media graduates and mid-career switchers for a fixed period of six (6) months. This scheme is to encourage hire and retention of fresh media graduates and mid-career switchers who have no prior experience in the media industry.
Successful applicants will receive funding to defray up to 70% of the candidates’ monthly salaries, or up to S$2,000 (whichever is the lower amount) capped at S$2,000 per month, for a fixed period of six (6) months.
For more information, please refer to the Application and Scheme Guidelines
7. Training Evaluation Framework (for Training Institutions)
Local training institutions who are seeking support for their courses to be listed under the Talent Assistance Specialised Training grant scheme may refer to the training evaluation framework listed
here. Applications are open in February and September annually.
Interested applicants can apply for Talent Assistance all year round.
Applicants for Training Allowances (for media freelancers only) or Specialised Training grants (local or overseas courses) may apply online at the Six Degrees’ application portal. Applicants will be required to create a free basic account at
http://www.sixdegrees.asia. For queries, please email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6338 3018.
Applicants for the Hire & Train grant or Enhanced Apprenticeships should review the Talent Assistance Application and Scheme guidelines
here for the Hire & Train grant and
here for Enhanced Apprenticeships before submitting their applications. Applications must be submitted via MDA’s Online Grant Management System
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