Hailing from Malaysia, May has worked in the arts, creative and entertainment industries throughout APAC across multiple capacities for over 15 years.
She began her career at one of the world’s leading performing arts, festival and events management agencies, IMG Artists, touring artists and attractions throughout Asia with the likes of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Soloists, Tango Fire and Soweto Gospel Choir, as well as working on award-winning lifestyle and multi-disciplinary events such as the Singapore Sun Festival. She was also one of the founding members of Neon Lights Festival, Singapore’s premier outdoor music and arts festival, building partnerships and programming for the Festival between 2015- 2019. Other notable festival partnership consultancy experiences include stints with Magnetic Asia Hong Kong, creators of celebrated music, people and arts festival Clockenflap and Ticketflap Asia, as well as the inaugural live ASEAN Music Festival 2022 in Singapore.
Adept at working across the private, public and non-profit sectors, May has experience in grant administration and cultural policy from her stints with the National Arts Council Singapore, and managing visual and performing arts projects for non-profits such as the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (S.E.A. Focus 2022-2024), NTU Centre for the Contemporary Arts, Art Outreach and Dance Nucleus.
May holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Politics and Psychology from the University of Melbourne and a Master in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. She continues to explore the interaction between the arts, culture, society and economy. She was invited to guest lecture for Singapore Management University’s Arts and Cultural Management Programme in September 2021 and contribute to Asialink’s ‘Singapore Arts Now Insider Perspective’ workshop as well as the National Arts Council’s ‘Singapore Arts Plan 2.0’ (2023-27) focus group discussions in June 2022.
With a love for salsa dancing and Latin music, May created the popular Latin dance parties ‘Salsa Under the Stars SG’ and ‘Salsa y Comida’. Her other interests include global politics, history, live music, contemporary art and gender issues.
Hyphen is an independent arts, culture and entertainment consultancy specialising in programming, partnership development, project management and producing multi-disciplinary creative interventions.
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Previous clients/ consultancy projects have included: NTU CCA IdeasFest 2023, S.E.A. Focus (2022 & 2023)/ Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI), ASEAN Music Showcase Festival 2022, Dance Nucleus, Collective Minds Asia, Magnetic Asia Hong Kong (Clockenflap Festival & Ticketflap), Neon Lights Festival(2015-2019), Art Outreach Singapore, Singapore River One, The Culture Story, Singapore Night Festival, Singjazz Festival, National Arts Council Singapore, Singapore Tourism Board, Pink Dot SG