• 111 organisations and 115 individuals honoured for arts philanthropy
  • Special tribute to 21 corporations for sustained giving to the arts over the last 10 years
  • Cultural Matching Fund will increase organisation lifetime matching cap from $10m to $15m


SINGAPORE, 3 September 2015 – 111 organisations and 115 individuals were honoured for their contributions towards Singapore’s arts sector at this year’s Patron of the Arts Awards ceremony and dinner, held at the Capitol Theatre this evening. The annual Awards by the National Arts Council (NAC) were presented by Professor Chan Heng Chee, Chairman, NAC, and Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.



2          The 2015 Awards honour Singapore’s arts patrons who contributed a total of $53.8 million, comprising $44.2 million in cash contributions and $9.6 million worth of in-kind sponsorship, towards the arts sector in 2014. With growing awareness of the value of the arts in nurturing creative thinking and empathy, and alongside timely opportunities such as Singapore‘s Golden Jubilee celebrations and the new National Gallery Singapore, the Council observed a marked increase of more than 67% in arts giving as compared to 2013, when $32.2 million of cash and in-kind donations were made. The award recipients hailed from diverse industries, spanning automotive, creative, construction, financial, retail and technology sectors, and were also recognised for their support in providing spaces, professional services and artefacts donations or loans. The number of individual donors honoured for their contributions in 2014 also increased by a notable 26%, jumping from 91 donors in 2013 to 115.



3          Underlining the importance of private sector corporations and philanthropists in the cultivation of a sustainable arts sector, the Cultural Matching Fund’s (CMF) lifetime cap on each organisation will be increased from the current $10 million to $15 million. Launched in November 2013, the CMF is a dollar-for-dollar matching grant for donations towards arts and heritage organisations, and to-date 71 organisations have applied to match the cash donations from their donors.



4          NTUC Income Insurance Cooperative Ltd, a long-term supporter of the arts, was one of the recipients of the Patron of the Arts Award. Marcus Chew, Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing & Communications, NTUC Income, said, “NTUC Income sees great value in supporting the arts, through its immense contribution to the well-being of our society. The arts is fundamental to any civilisation. It inspires us, makes us more creative and unites people from all walks of life. Supporting the development of the arts, therefore, goes a long way in strengthening the community.”



5          Very Special Arts Singapore is one such arts group working with the community, which was able to enhance its efforts in helping people with disabilities, through the generous support of its patrons. Joyce Toh, Business Executive, Very Special Arts, says, “The contributions we receive enable us to introduce new programmes such as digital art, ceramic art and literary arts, which help empower our clients so that they can have the support and confidence to lead financially healthy and independent lives.”



6          Now in its 32nd year, the 2015 Patron of the Arts Awards also celebrates Singapore’s 50th anniversary of independence with an SG50 Arts Patron Award. The award, bestowed upon 21 recipients, acknowledges the significant contributions of long-term partners who have been actively supporting the promotion and development of the arts in Singapore.  Conceptualised and handcrafted by Singapore-based Hiroko Mita, a protégé of 1988 Cultural Medallion recipient Iskandar Jalil, the award is created from an interweave of ceramic strands with different textures, motifs and glazes that represent the relationships between artists, arts supporters, and the Council.


7          M1 Limited, a recipient of the SG50 Arts Patron Award, is another corporation that is committed to its long-term support for the arts. Ivan Lim, Director, Corporate Communications, M1 Limited said, “M1 has been supporting the arts since 1997, as we believe a thriving arts scene enriches the quality of life, strengthens social bonds and our identity in multi-cultural Singapore. We prefer to support arts groups which are in their start-up or development stage, where we believe we can add value and truly make a difference. Hence, our support and partnerships with the various contemporary dance and theatre arts groups are often on multi-year renewal basis. In doing so, we hope to provide a sustainable platform for our sponsored arts groups to grow and achieve greater success.”  



8          For the full list of 2015 Patron of the Arts Awards recipients, refer to Annex A  For more information on the Patron of the Arts Awards, refer to Annex B, or visit http://www.nac.gov.sg/philanthropy/patron-of-the-arts-awards .