2010 Awards for Arts Patrons

 

Embargoed until: 25 August 2010

 

Arts Supporter Award - 31 August 2010, 7.00pm

 

Patron of the Arts Awards - 2 September 2010, 7.00pm

 

2010 Awards for Arts Patrons

 

Arts sponsors continued to give steadily to the arts in 2009, while in recovery from the economic downturn in 2008.  A total of 240 sponsors, comprising 201 corporations and 39 individuals, contributed a total of $22.1 million to the arts in 2009. There are 71 first-time recipients who join the ranks of the 169 repeat and long-term arts patrons. Close to half of these 240 arts patrons have given to the arts for the past three consecutive years.

 

Arts patrons not only supported major arts festivals and productions, but also assisted in talent development and public engagement, through community arts events, scholarships and bursaries, residency schemes and maintenance of arts venues. Specifically, in 2009, sponsorship totalling almost $200,000 enabled the formation of five new bursaries and scholarships, providing more opportunities for further education and training in the arts, and setting the stage for the future arts community. The range of beneficiaries reflects not only growing interest and knowledge of the arts scene, but also indicates that sponsors are taking an increasingly greater stake in growing and developing Singapore’s arts scene.

 

The Arts Supporter Award and Patron of the Arts Awards will be conferred on recipients in two separate ceremonies.

 

2010 Arts Supporter Award Ceremony

A total of 148 Arts Supporters will receive the awards personally from their beneficiaries in a ceremony officiated by Mr Heng Chee How, Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office on 31 August. The recipients, comprising 113 organisations and 35 individuals, from various industries such as finance, engineering, construction, food and healthcare, donated a total of $2.7 million to the arts in 2009.

 

There are 58 first-time recipients including Audio Image Engineering, Aviva Ltd, Asia Square Tower 1 Pte Ltd, Gold Roast Food Industry Pte Ltd, Penta-Ocean Construction Co. Ltd, Sanofi-aventis Singapore Pte Ltd and Sing Lun Investments Pte Ltd.

 

One in three Arts Supporters have contributed to the arts for the past three years. They include home-grown companies such as City Gas (since 2008), Contemporara Holdings (since 2006), Prima Limited (since 2002) and Tee Yih Jia Food Manufacturing (since 2002). 

 

Among the 35 individuals receiving Arts Supporter award are 20 first-time recipients. They include Mr Aw Tee Hong (Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts), Mr Chong Yoon Chou (Singapore Symphony Orchestra), Ms Kimmie Lim (Singapore Lyric Opera), Mr Singgih Gunawan (Singapore Chinese Orchestra) and Mr Tan Kok Lai (Dance Ensemble Singapore).  Other regular donors include Mr Ang Seo Ming (7th award this year), Mr Arthur Lee King Chi (7th award this year) and Mr Lam Kun Kin (7thaward this year).

 

Beneficiaries of the $2.7 million range from arts groups such as the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Singapore Dance Theatre, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Wild Rice, to festivals like Noise Singapore, Pesta Raya and Singapore Street Festival, and arts institutions Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and LASALLE College of the Arts.

 

The Arts Supporter Award recognises patrons who contribute up to $50,000 in a year to the promotion and development of the arts. The Award aims to encourage a wider sector of the community, particularly local businesses, small and medium enterprises, grassroots organisations and community groups to support the arts.

 

2010 Patron of the Arts Awards Dinner

A total of 92 sponsors, of which 13 are new, will be honoured at an award dinner graced by Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts on 2 September. The recipients comprise 16 Distinguished Patrons, one Patron, 40 Friends and 35 Associates of the Arts. In total, 88 organisations and 4 individuals contributed $19.4 million to the arts in 2009.

 

Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award (16 recipients)

 

The 2010 Distinguished Patron category welcomes the Conrad Centennial Singapore as a first-time recipient. It supported the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Lunchbox Theatrical Productions.

 

Among the 16 Distinguished Patrons are long term sponsors who have been receiving the award for more than ten years. They are the Singapore Press Holdings (18th award this year), The Shaw Foundation (14th award this year), OCBC Bank (12th award this year), Lee Foundation (11th award this year) and NTUC Income Insurance Cooperative Limited (11th award this year).

 

The Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award recognises individuals or organisations which receive the Patron of the Arts Award on the fifth consecutive occasion. It is also awarded for contributions of $1.5 million and above in a year or within 5 years from 2005 onwards. For every subsequent yearly contribution of $300,000, the organisation or individual will continue to receive the Award.

 

Patron of the Arts Award (1 recipient)

Samuel Seow Law Corporation is the sole recipient of the Patron of the Arts Award. The corporation contributed to 14 beneficiaries such as the I Theatre, Singapore Street Festival and The Theatre Practice.

The Patron of the Arts Award recognises individuals and organisations which have contributed between $300,000 and above.

 

Friend of the Arts Award (40 recipients)

BSI Bank Ltd, the Kuo Pao Kun Foundation, Old School, SCA Creative Group, Tata Communications and the University of Western Australia/PSB Academy are among 13 first-time sponsors who will be acknowledged as Friends of the Arts. 

 

Five former Arts Supporter Award recipients also join the ranks of this category. They include FJ Benjamin (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Hyflux Ltd, Mapletree Investments, Old Chang Kee Ltd and Pioneer Electronics Asia Centre.

 

The Friend of the Arts Award recognises individuals and organisations which have contributed between $100,000 and $299,999.

 

Associate of the Arts Award (35 recipients)

This category sees six first-time sponsors – Coca-Cola Singapore, Golden Agri International Pte Ltd, Milk Photographie, The Bank of New York Mellon, The Community Foundation of Singapore and Viz Branz Ltd. They supported beneficiaries such as the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Esplanade, Very Special Arts Singapore, Singapore Art Show and Singapore Arts Festival.

 

The Associate of the Arts Award recognises individuals and organisations which have contributed between $50,000 and $99,999.

 

For more information, please refer to:

Annex B: List of 2010 Arts Supporter Award recipients

Annex C: List of 2010 Patron of the Arts Awards recipients