ASEF Mobility First! 2019

Essential information

Mobility First! accepts two types of applications from:

1) Individuals – artists/cultural professionals looking to participate in any of the eligible activity types (outgoing mobility)

2) Organisations – arts organisations applying for up to 5 artists/cultural professionals they want to invite to an activity they are organising

Please refer to the Documents Section of this page for the Application Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions

If you need any of the documents in an accessible format, please contact us:

Fatima AVILA (Ms)

Project Manager, Culture, ASEF

Application form for individuals: 

Application form for arts organisations: 

Note: Please ensure that you read the Application Guidelines and the Frequently Asked Questions on the Documents Section of this page before you apply

The grant amounts for 2019 are as follows:

Grant amounts (up to these maximum caps)
Asia to Europe and vice-versaSGD 2,000
Australia/New Zealand to Europe and vice-versaSGD 2,300
Russia to Europe and vice-versaSGD 1,000
Intra-AsiaSGD 1,000


Additional funding is available for people with disabilities and special needs



Open call

1 to 31 January


28 February

Travel period

15 March to 31 July



Open call

15 February to 15 March


15 April

Travel period

1 May to 15 September



Open call

1 to 30 April


31 May

Travel period

15 June to 31 October



Open call

15 May to 15 June


15 July

Travel period

1 August to 15 December


Note: The deadline for each round of application will be 11:59 PM GMT+8 (Singapore Time)

Application Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions

External Selection Panel 2019

ASEF Mobility First Ferdinand Richard

Ferdinand Richard (France)

Ferdinand is the founder/director of the AMI Association in Marseilles (since 1985), a multi-sectoral cultural development platform with a consistent international cooperation programme and the first incubator for cultural micro business in France. He also co-founded of La Friche Belle-de-Mai in 1992 and has been Deputy Director for the past 8 years under architect Jean Nouvel. From 2009-2019, Ferdinand was President of The Roberto Cimetta Fund, funding the mobility of artists and cultural activists in the Euro-Arab-Middle East regions.

Ferdinand is a member of governance of the Institut du Monde Arabe in the Hauts-de-France Region (since 2016). He is also the Founder-President of Global Grand Central, a global internet platform for artists and cultural projects, archives, and narratives (since 2017). In addition, Ferdinand is a board member of the Observatoire des Politiques Culturelles-France (since 2002), as well as President of The European Forum for the Arts and Heritage (re-named today Culture Action Europe). Further, he is a collaborator/expert for Agenda 21 for Culture (United Cities and Local Governments) since 2006. He is also a premier coordinator and expert of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity/UNESCO experts panel (2006-2015).

Ferdinand currently sits on the Selection Committee for Asia-Europe Foundation’s Mobility First! programme (since 2017). Ferdinand was a musician and producer from 1971-2000.

ASEF Mobility First Tay Tong

Tay Tong

TAY is an internationally experienced arts worker, enabler and consultant, with close to 30 years of professional experience, working both locally and internationally. He was the Managing Director of TheatreWorks (Singapore) and its home and creation space, 72-13, created in 2005. From 1989 to 2018, he has produced over 200 productions and international arts festivals here in Singapore and internationally. He was Aide to the Festival Director for Singapore International Festival of Arts, 2014 – 2017. Most recently, Tay consulted for the National Arts Council (NAC), Singapore, formulating the blueprint and providing a business plan for the implementation of the Arts Resource Hub that aims to provide arts freelancers with the necessary resources to sustainably continue their practice, unlock new opportunities and grow meaningful careers. 

Tay is an advocate for engagement with diverse cultures and across disciplines. He firmly supports the philosophy of ‘celebrating differences’ and cultural negotiation as well as the internationalisation of the arts. He produced the long-running inter-cultural, multi-disciplinary Flying Circus Project between 1996 and 2013 as well as the capacity building programme, The Continuum Asia Project in Luang Prabang, between 2002 and 2012, and the first edition of the Curators Academy 2018, for TheatreWorks. Tay was also the Director of Arts Network Asia (ANA) from 1999 to 2017 and he brokered greater intra-Asia dialogues and exchanges. He currently sits on the panel for the Asia-Europe Foundation’s Mobility First! grant programme, and was Advisor to the Next Generation : Producing the Performing Arts, a programme by the Japan Foundation Asia Centre

About the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is an intergovernmental not-for-profit organisation located in Singapore. Founded in 1997, it is the only institution of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). ASEF promotes understanding, trengthens relationships and facilitates cooperation among the people, institutions and organisations of Asia and Europe. ASEF enhances dialogue, enables exchanges and encourages collaboration across the thematic areas of culture, education, governance, sustainable development, economy and public health.

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