Record 19 Distinguished Patrons Of The Arts Recognised

 

Record 19 Distinguished Patrons Of The Arts Recognised

 

20th Patron of the Arts Award

 

Presentation Ceremony

 

 Date:  11 September 2003 (Thursday) 
 Time:  7.00 pm
 Venue:  Esplanade Concert Hall
 Guest-of-Honour:

 Dr Lee Boon Yang
 Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts

 

A record number of 19 recipients will be recognised as Distinguished Patrons of the Arts on the 20th Anniversary of the Patron of the Arts Award.  The prestigious Distinguished Patron award is conferred on arts sponsors who have made sustained or substantial contributions of over $1.5 million to the arts.  Five long-time Arts patrons will receive this award for the first time: Nokia Pte Ltd, TIME Magazine, MSN Singapore, Ngee Ann Development and Hong Leong Foundation.

 

The Patron of the Arts Award was first awarded in 1983, in recognition of organisations and individuals who have contributed towards the promotion of artistic activities in Singapore.  Based on contributions from 1 January 2002 to 31 December 2002, total arts sponsorship recognised under the 20th Patron of the Arts Award totalled $31.2 million.  The contributions were made by 154 corporations and 29 individuals, of which 70 will receive the awards for the first time.

 

As Singapore’s foremost recognition for arts sponsorship, the Award is conferred yearly by the Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts.  Five categories of Award will be conferred in the award presentation ceremony this year:

 Arts Supporter Award  $ 10, 000 - $ 49, 999 
 Associate of the Arts Award  $ 50, 000 - $ 99, 000
 Friend of the Arts Award  $ 100, 000 - $ 299, 999
 Patron of the Arts Award  $ 300, 000 and above 
 Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award  

 

 This award is conferred on individuals or organisations which have met at least one of the following criteria:

a) maintained a minimum contribution of $300,000 after receiving the Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award

b) received the Patron of the Arts Award on the fifth consecutive occasion. 

c) made a one-time contribution of $1.5 million and above

d) accumulated a total contribution of $1.5 million within five years from 1998 onwards

 

Other than the 19 Distinguished Patron Awards conferred, 12 will receive Patron of the Arts Awards, 28 receive Friend of the Arts Awards, 24 receive Associate of the Arts Awards, and 100 will receive Arts Supporter Awards.

 

Highlights of each award category are as follows:

 

Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award (19 recipients)

Nokia Pte Ltd made substantial contributions to the Singapore Repertory Theatre and the 2002 Singapore Arts Festival.  TIME Magazine was the official magazine for the 2002 Singapore Arts Festival and also presented the jazz TIME series at the Singapore Arts Museum.  MSN Singapore was the official online sponsor for the 2002 Singapore Arts Festival as well as the Esplanade.  Ngee Ann Development contributed to the Singapore Lyric Opera and Singapore Dance Theatre while Hong Leong Foundation donated to the new Asian Civilisations Museum at Empress Place.

 

The five recipients join the ranks of 14 other longstanding Distinguished Patrons such as DBS Bank, MobileOne, Shell Companies in Singapore, Singapore Press Holdings Ltd, OCBC Bank, Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA), Far East Organization and Media Corporation of Singapore.

 

Shell and SIA were among the first recipients in 1983 when the Patron Award was instituted. Shell has contributed to the training and development of Singapore artists through the Shell-NAC Arts Scholarship as well as towards community outreach programmes.  SIA is credited for its contributions in helping local artists and arts groups showcase their works abroad, as well as bring top international names to perform in Singapore.

 

Patron of the Arts Award (12 recipients)

Under this award, five are new arts patrons.  They provided either cash or in-kind support towards the Esplanade.  They are Pioneer Electronics Asiacentre, Volkswagen SE Asia Pacific, Singapore Technologies Engineering, Sennheiser Electronic Asia and Barco Pte Ltd.

 

Friend of the Arts Award (28 recipients)

There are two newcomers under this award category.  Advertising agency M&C Saatchi provided design services for the Singapore Repertory Theatre.  Takashimaya is being recognised for their support of training young talents in media arts under the Takashimaya-NAC Scholarship. 

 

Associate of the Arts Award (24 recipients)

Among the eight new recipients under this award category, are Philips Electronics Singapore for their support of Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Mr Sek Ann Thong for his contributions to the Siong Leng Musical Association.  Construction company Resource Piling contributed to the building fund for the new Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts campus. 

 

Arts Supporter Award (100 recipients)

There are 55 new recipients of the award under this category.  They include watch-retailer Corum for their support of the Singapore Repertory Theatre and Epson Singapore for sponsoring the Month of Photography exhibition in the 2002 Singapore Arts Festival.  Individual patrons among the new recipients include Mdm Kay Kuok for her support of local theatre group Wild Rice, Mr Arthur Foo for the production of Ramayana, Mr Tham Tuck Cheong for his support of Dance Ensemble Singapore.

 

A full list of the 2003 award recipients is at Annex 1. 

 

We invite you to the presentation ceremony on 11 September and would appreciate your coverage.  Kindly RSVP Lynda Lim at DID: 6837 9583, or e-mail: Lynda_LIM@nac.gov.sg using the attached form in Annex 3 by 9 September 2003 (Tuesday).

 

Please refer to the attached:

  • Annex 1: 20th Patron of the Arts Award Recipients
  • Annex 2: Programme for 20th Patron of the Arts Award Presentation Ceremony
  • Annex 3: Media Reply Slip