Michelle Loh


Michelle Loh

Lecturer, Arts Management
  • MA Arts Management, City University, London
  • BSc Real Estate, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Michelle Loh has more than 15 years experience as a bilingual arts manager and researcher in arts management and cultural policy. She serves on the executive committee of Poetry Festival Singapore and the organising committee of the biennial Singapore Literature Conference. Her research interests in traditional Chinese music, cultural policy and arts management led her to be the Principal Investigator of Tracking Creative Developments in Traditional Chinese Music in Singapore 1999 – 2015, supported by National Arts Council Research & Development Grant and LASALLE College of the Arts Major Research Fund.

Prior to joining LASALLE, Michelle has a music education in classical piano and Chinese pipa. She taught and performed in both instruments, and organised music performances and international music tours. Michelle worked overseas at London's Tate Britain and International Intelligence on Culture. Her project with Late Nights @ Tate series brought in new audiences and visitors through a variety of music events. She was also a researcher with the International Intelligence on Culture in the areas of cultural policy and cultural indicators in European countries.

Michelle returned to Singapore as arts manager at National University of Singapore Centre for the Arts. She played a key role in the establishment, inception and management of Singapore’s leading Chinese Instrumental Examination system. She managed numerous performances at the annual NUS Arts Festival and also organised international concert tours to the UK, Switzerland and Malaysia.

Research and Practice


  • 'Kenneth Kwok (Ministry of National Development, Singapore): In Conversation'. Cultural Trends, DOI: 10.1080/09548963.2023.2201974. (2023)
  • 'Superdiversity and Cultural Policies in Post Pandemic Singapore', ENCATC Policy Tracker April 2022, European Network on Cultural Management and Policy (2022)
  • 'Language: Audiences for Singapore's Poetry Festival' in Routledge Companion to Audiences and the Performing Arts, Eds. Matthew Reason, Lynne Conner, Katya Johanson and Ben Walmsley. New York: Routledge. (2022)
  • Editor of Traditional Chinese Music in Contemporary Singapore, Pagesetters (2020)
  • Chapter Contributor. 'Music Examinations: Results of the new Paperchase', Traditional Chinese Music in Contemporary Singapore, Pagesetters (2020).
  • 'The Mother and Son', SG Poems 2015/16, National Poetry Festival, Ethos Publishing (2016)
  • First-World Economy, Third-World Culture, no. 6 The Arts Part I, Edited by Tan Tarn How, www.s-pores.com (2009)
  • 'Case Study of Singapore: Performing Arts and The Role of Cultural Policy at the Level', Putting Culture First: Commonwealth Perspectives on Culture and Development, edited by Andrew Firmin, Commonwealth Foundation (2008)
  • Chapter contributor. 'E-marketing and the international tourist' in Museum Marketing: Competing in the global marketplace, edited by Ruth Renthschler and Jennifer Radbourne, Butterworth-Heinemann/Elsevier (2006)
  • Important Factors for Cultural Policy Making Process – Singapore ‘Creative Industries Development Strategy’, Arts and Culture Academic Conference, Taiwan. Kaoshiung University (2005)
  • Research Interests
    • Cultural policy
    • Creative economy
    • Education in the arts
    • Arts management