Ms Kris Tan Lay Peng has been an enthusiastic sponsor of the arts for ten years. Setting up a foundation to support the arts is no easy task; in addition to funding, what is more important is steady, unchanging perseverance to weather changing times. Like many art patrons, Ms Tan is obsessed with art, especially classical music. The Kris Foundation, which was a charitable fund established in 2009 using Ms Tan's personal funds, has organised more than 20 concerts in the past ten years, and has invested more than a million to support the academic and career paths of dozens of aspiring musicians.
As a private foundation, Ms Tan does not have a large operations team. Apart from a part-time consultant and financial and administrative assistance, most matters require Ms Tan's personal attention. When she first organised concerts, she had trouble sleeping and eating because she couldn't sell tickets for the concert. Before the performance, she was even more nervous than the performers and was worried that things would not go smoothly; she was also hurt by people with ulterior motives. While Ms Tan had never thought of giving up, she nonetheless regained her confidence with her son's encouragement.
In addition to holding concerts every year, Ms Tan also pays close attention to arts education and the promotion of the arts. For the past five years, the Kris Foundation has supported the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music through establishing scholarships from performance competitions and inviting international performers to hold master classes respectively.
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