Celebrating 30 Years of Arts Patronage – NAC’s 2013 Patron of the Arts Awards is Now Open for Nominations


Celebrating 30 years of arts patronage, Singapore’s most prestigious arts awards, the Patron of the Arts (POA) Awards 2013 is now open for nominations. Instituted in 1983, POA recognises and celebrates support by private corporations and individuals to the arts annually. Artists, arts groups, donors and sponsors may submit their nominations for the Award which will culminate in a gala ceremony on 23 July. Nominations close on 1 March 2013.


Last year’s POA Awards recognised over $31.2 million worth of contributions to the arts in 2011, both in cash and in-kind. This represented a 17 percent increase from the previous year.


The Award categories range from: Arts Supporter ($10,000 - $49,999), Associate of the Arts ($50,000 - $99,999), Friend of the Arts ($100,000 - $299,999) and Patron of the Arts ($300,000 and above). For contributions above $1.5 million or those who have received the Patron of the Arts Award for five consecutive years, the Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award is conferred. 


Two new nominees by the Community Foundation of Singapore (CFS) are Kris Foundation and Goh Soon Tioe Centenary Fund. Set up by Madam Kris Tan and Ms Vivien Goh, daughter of the late violinist, respectively – both funds are administered by CFS and seek to support and develop young local talents, particularly in the area of classical music, by providing scholarships and platforms for performances. Said Ms Catherine Loh, Deputy Chief Executive, CFS, “We are elated for the opportunity to nominate and honour givers who have made a lasting impact towards the arts community. Through them, we hope that more can be inspired to give to the arts and work with us to make that giving impactful.”


A corporation being nominated for the Patron of the Arts Award category for the first time this year is J.P. Morgan for their efforts in promoting arts education and outreach in Singapore. Mr Philip Lee, Senior Country Officer, J.P. Morgan Singapore said: “We are delighted and honoured to be nominated for the Patron of the Arts Award. We truly believe in the importance of giving back to the communities in which we live and work, and supporting the arts is one of the key pillars of our philanthropic programme. Since 1963, we have been committed to reaching out to those who are less privileged.”


All arts beneficiaries, sponsors and donors may submit their online nominations for consideration for the Patron of the Arts Awards 2013 at PatronOfTheArts