The Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) completed the selection for the 2014 Subsidy Programme for the Production of Original Song Albums and a total of eight entrants were selected as beneficiaries of the Programme. IC will grant each beneficiary a subsidy of up to MOP200,000 for the production, cover design, marketing and promotion of a song album. In order to provide more opportunities for talented local music creators and producers to release their works, increase the number of outstanding works and lay the groundwork for market development, IC launched the abovementioned Subsidy Programme in 2014 for the first time, in which 31 out of 36 applications were deemed valid. After evaluation by the professional adjudicating panel, eight applicants were granted a subsidy as follows (in no particular order): Leong Chi Long, Joe Lei, Wong Hin Cheng, Ung Kuoc Iang, Chong Chon Heng, Manhão Jorge Filomeno Antonio, Chang Heng Ian and Wong Eunice. The adjudicating panel invited by IC, comprised professionals from Hong Kong and Taiwanese music circles, namely renowned Hong Kong music producers Schumann and Yu Yat Yiu; well-known Hong Kong music professional, Dennie Wong; A&R manager of Warner Music Hong Kong Ltd., Robin Chi; Taiwanese music channel Street Voice director, Chen Hung-shu, and Taiwanese Riverside Live House founder, Lin Cheng-ju. The Subsidy Programme for the Production of Original Song Albums was first launched in 2014, and is part of the IC’s Subsidy Programme Series for Macao’s Cultural and Creative Industries. With the launch of a series of targeted subsidy programmes and supportive measures, IC aims to support and cultivate local professionals in the cultural and creative industries, incubate outstanding cultural and creative products, publicise and promote Macao’s cultural and creative brands as well as encourage the growth of cultural and creative industries in Macao. For enquiries about the results of the Programme, please call Mr. Ho or Ms. Lao, staff members of IC, through tel. no. (853) 2892 4040 during office hours.