Top Arts Sponsors Reach Record High


2007 Patron of the Arts Award


Presentation Ceremony


Date     : 2 October 2007 (Tuesday)


Time     : 6pm


Venue   : Esplanade Theatre


Guest-of-Honour    : Dr Lee Boon Yang ,Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts


Thirty-five individual and 230 corporate sponsors supported a vibrant arts scene in 2006, with their cash and in-kind contributions totalling $33.5 million. Dr Lee Boon Yang, Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, will present Singapore’s highest recognition for arts sponsorship, to 265 arts patrons at the 2007 Patron of the Arts Award ceremony.  Eighty-two patrons will be receiving their awards for the first time. The Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award will be accorded to a record high of 19 patrons for the second time since 2003.


“2006 saw an unprecedented level of arts activities. The vibrant performing and visual arts sectors pushed the number of arts activities beyond the 20,000 mark, giving Singaporeans a choice of some 60 arts activities a day, compared to less than 20, ten years ago. We could not have achieved this trebling of arts activities without the strong support of our patrons and sponsors. We are glad that we have partners from the private sector who believe in working with us to achieve this robust growth. They play an important role alongside government funding and community support. We hope even more patrons will come forward to join us and take a greater stake in further developing the arts in Singapore," says Lee Suan Hiang, Chief Executive Officer, National Arts Council.


The five categories of award and highlights are as follows:


Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award (19 recipients)

This year, the Distinguished Patron category welcomes six new recipients. StarHub, an ardent supporter of the arts, has received the Patron and Friend of the Arts Awards previously. This year, StarHub comes aboard as a Distinguished Patron with Noise Singapore as its major beneficiary.


For being the major benefactor of Nanyang Academy of the Fine Arts in 2006, Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple will receive the Distinguished Patron of the Arts. The new recipients joining the ranks this year also include JCDecaux Singapore Pte Ltd, Pioneer Electronics AsiaCentre Pte Ltd, Visa International Pte Ltd and Yahoo! Singapore Pte Ltd.


The other long-time Distinguished Patrons are DBS Bank, Hong Leong Foundation, HSBC, Lee Foundation, MediaCorp Pte Ltd, MobileOne Ltd, NTUC Income Insurance Co-operative Limited, OCBC Bank, Singapore Airlines Limited, Singapore Press Holdings Ltd, The Shaw Foundation Pte, TIME Magazine and United Overseas Bank Group.


Patron of the Arts Award (14 recipients)

The four first-time recipients are the coffee connoisseur (tcc), Procter & Gamble (Singapore) International Operations Pte Ltd, Cristal Caritas Trust and GKG Investment Holdings Pte Ltd.


Support for developmental platforms is important for the growth of the arts in Singapore.  Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan will be receiving the Patron Award for its support of the biennial National Chinese Music Competition which nurtures young talents and recognises music excellence. Other recipients include City Developments Limited, Clear Channel Singapore Pte Ltd, Deutsche Bank Ag, Keppel Corporation Limited, Pico Art International Pte Ltd, SMRT Corporation Ltd and Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre. 


Friend of the Arts Award (44 recipients)

Seven recipients are recognised for their contribution to the arts for the first time. Grid Communications Pte Ltd, Layher Pte Ltd, Lenovo Singapore Pte Ltd and Singapore Management University offered in-kind contributions for Singapore Biennale 2006 while both MTV Asia LDC and Sony BMG Music Entertainment Pte Ltd sponsored media space for Noise Singapore. Novotel Clarke Quay Singapore provided accommodation for WOMAD Singapore.


ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd remained a committed Friend of the Art through its long-standing support for the arts. 2006 saw the NAC-ExxonMobil Concert in the Park series celebrate its 10th year of bringing free public concerts to local audiences.  Marina Mandarin Singapore also showed its continued support by being the first hotel in Singapore to launch an artist-in-residence programme which provides space in the hotel for artists to create and exhibit their works.


Associate of the Arts Award (37 recipients)

First-time recipients which have contributed cash to the arts include Aberdeen Asset Management Asia Limited, April Fine Paper Trading Pte Ltd, Dumex (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. Singapore Branch, Nrityalaya Aesthetics Society, One Marina Boulevard Pte Ltd, One Raffles Quay Pte Ltd and Rojak City Pte Ltd. Others recipients such as  At-Life Pte Ltd, LG Electronics Singapore Pte Ltd and Creative Eateries gave in-kind contributions towards Noise Singapore, Singapore Art Museum and Singapore Biennale respectively. Arts Supporter Award (151 recipients)


Among the 62 first-time recipients are corporate organisations such as Deluge Fire Protection (S.E.A.) Pte Ltd, Levi Strauss Asia Pacific Division Pte Ltd and Shiseido Singapore Co Pte Ltd contributed to arts institutions Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Esplanade Theatres on the Bay and The Arts House at Old Parliament respectively. 


Individuals such as Ivy Singh-Lim, Iqbal Jumabhoy, and Philip Jeyaretnam, made generous contributions to the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Singapore Lyric Opera and Practice Performing Arts Centre Ltd respectively.


For more information, please refer to:
Annex 1: List of 2007 Award recipients 
Annex 2: Information on Patron of the Arts Award