New law grants funding for performing arts companies

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law that ensures funding for national performing arts companies.

Under Republic Act 11392 signed by Duterte on August 22, each of the five national performing arts companies (NPAC) will receive P5 million to P10 million for five years.


The law assigns one NPAC for the following performing arts genres: National Ballet/ Contemporary Dance Company, National Theater Company, National Orchestra, National Choral Company, and National Indigenous Performing Ensemble.

Each NPAC is mandated to undertake continuing training and education for the professional development of performing artists, teachers, directors, designers, performing arts managers and other artists particular to its performing arts field.

The NPAC should also conduct research on the particular performing arts and undertake documentation of its activities and programs; develop and build a repertoire of original Filipino works that will help define the national cultural identity; and conduct national and international outreach and exchange program of performances, among others.

A 15-member committee, chosen from a panel of experts knowledgeable in the artistic and technical aspects of the performing arts, to be designated by the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) will select the qualified NPACs.

The committee should select an NPAC that is national in scope, maintains high standards of artistic excellence, has represented the country abroad, has maintained a professional track record of regular and continuing set of activities, is able to support its programs and thus it has the capability to match the annual state subsidy.

The NPACs are entitled to free and equitable use of government facilities and cultural venues; access to grants for research documentations, productions, workshops, training and audience development programs from the NCCA, subject to proper evaluation; and intellectual property rights of their work, including music, choreographs, and other artistic creations.

Any donation, contribution, bequest and grant for the use of the NPACs will be exempt from donor’s tax and the same will be considered as allowable deduction from the gross income of the donor.

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