Record Number of Arts Sponsors in 2005


2006 Patron of the Arts Award


Presentation Ceremony


Date : 3 October 2006 (Tuesday)


Time : 6pm


Venue : Esplanade Concert Hall


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


Forty-four individual and 235 corporate sponsors supported a buoyant arts scene in 2005. This is a record number of arts patrons, reflecting a growing pool of arts sponsors and greater opportunities for arts partnership in recent years. Their cash and in-kind contributions to the arts totalled $32.7 million, an 11% increase from the $29.5 million received in 2004.


Dr Lee Boon Yang, Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, will present Singapore’s foremost recognition for arts sponsorship, the Patron of the Arts Award, to the record 279 arts patrons at the awards ceremony. 104 patrons will receive the Award for the first time.


“Private sponsorship and support is critical to the development of the arts. Private sector support helped make possible over 6,400 arts performances and 560 exhibitions last year. Over 1.26 million tickets to these events were sold last year, a 14% increase compared with 2004. The growing vibrancy of the arts provides individuals and corporations more opportunities to partner the arts, and even more reasons to sustain and grow their sponsorship of the arts,” 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 (17 recipients)

Two recipients will receive the Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award for the first time. The Volkswagen Group joins the ranks of Distinguished Patrons this year after five consecutive years of Patron status. Lawyer and private art collector, Woon Wee Teng built a museum, Nei Xue Tang, to store and present an extensive collection of Buddhist artworks and artefacts. He is recognised for his arts patronage for the first time with the Distinguished Patron award. The 15 other Distinguished Patrons are Lee Foundation, MediaCorp Pte Ltd, DBS Bank, MobileOne, Singapore Airlines Limited, The Shaw Foundation, TIME Magazine, Raffles International Limited, OCBC Bank, Singapore Press Holdings Limited, NTUC Income Insurance Cooperative Limited, Shell Companies in Singapore, Asia Pacific Breweries Limited, HSBC and United Overseas Bank.


Patron of the Arts Award (9 recipients)

For their increased contributions in 2005, JCDecaux Singapore Pte Ltd and Merrill Lynch International Bank Ltd Singapore will receive the Patron of the Arts Award for the first time. JCDecaux provided media space for various projects including the opening of TheatreWorks' new home 72-13, Singapore Tyler Print Institute and The Necessary Stage. Merrill Lynch contributed to the Singapore Repertory Theatre and is a corporate patron of The Esplanade. Marina Mandarin Singapore, Visa International and Yahoo! Singapore remain committed Patron of the Arts award recipients.


Friend of the Arts Award (46 recipients)

There are eight new award recipients in this category. Outdoor advertising companies Clear Channel sponsored media space for major exhibitions at the Singapore Art Museum, while Straits Media supported the inaugural Noise Singapore Festival 2005. Gardenia Foods provided financial support towards Wild Rice’s Oi! Sleeping Beauty!, while Hotel Royal@Queens contributed accommodation for various arts productions.


Other new recipients in this category are BAE Systems (International) and Pico Art towards Singapore Season in London events, Mr Oei Hong Leong for cash contributions to the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and Tuas Power for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.


Associate of the Arts Award (32 recipients)

Seven recipients in this award category are recognised for their sponsorship of the arts for the first time. Oei Hong Leong Foundation contributed towards the Journey of Faith exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum, while Sheng Shiong Supermarket made cash contributions to the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. The other recipients are 10AM Communications, Fortis Private Banking, Hi-P International Limited, The Show Company and Crocodile International.


Arts Supporter Award (175 recipients)

There are 88 first time recipients in this category. Apex-Pal contributed towards the Talent Development Fund for violinist Lee Huei Min and Singapore Arts Festival. Pek Sin Choon supported arts groups, such as Drama Box and The Theatre Practice. Companies including DLA Piper Singapore, MatrixView, Contemporara Holdings and QAF contributed towards fundraising efforts of major arts groups such as Singapore Dance Theatre and Wild Rice.


Individuals include Mr Choo Kim Pok for cash contributions to the Siong Leng Musical Association, and Ms Li Lien Fung towards the building fund for 72-13.


For more information, please refer to:

Annex 1: List of 2006 Award recipients

Annex 2: Information on Patron of the Arts Award

Annex 3: Programme for Award Presentation Ceremony