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Patron of the Arts Awards

Instituted in 1983, the Patron of the Arts Awards celebrate and recognise organisations and individuals who have contributed significantly towards the development of the arts. Through the generous contributions by patrons who have offered financial support, resources, skills and time, Singapore’s arts scene has grown and flourished over the years.


Each year, the National Arts Council (NAC) recognises contributions in cash, in-kind and loans in the following categories:

Cash and In-Kind Contributions (Corporate)
Type of AwardAmount
Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award$1,500,000 and above
Patron of the Arts Award$300,000 - $1,499,999
Friend of the Arts Award$50,000 - $299,999
Cash and In-Kind Contributions (Individual)
Type of AwardAmount
Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award$100,000 and above
Patron of the Arts Award$50,000 - $99,999
Friend of the Arts Award$10,000 - $49,999

 

NEW! Artwork and Artefact Loans (Corporate And Individuals)
Type of AwardAmount
Distinguished Supporter of the Arts Award$1,000,000 and above
Supporter of the Arts AwardBelow $1,000,000
Submission Process and Evaluation Criteria

Patron of the Arts Award submissions are conducted online, supported by donation receipts, sponsorship agreements and respective utilisation reports and/or other supporting documents as proof of the donation and/or sponsorship. Click here to access the NAC POAA e-service.

The submission period for Patron of the Arts Awards 2022 has closed. Please stay tuned for more details on 2023's submissions.

Interested applicants may wish to refer to the evaluation criteria below for reference or contact nac_poa@nac.gov.sg for any queries and clarifications.

Evaluation of Cash and In-kind Nominations

  • Arts activities, including those held at the community level, must have a significant impact on the artistic development in Singapore and must not be part of the organisations’ core strategies, business operations or marketing plans.
  • The relevant art genres are music, drama/theatre, dance, film, literature, photography and the visual arts. Folk, traditional, classical and contemporary forms of the relevant art genres are eligible for nomination.
  • Cash donations towards performances, competitions, exhibitions and scholarship programmes, or sponsorship of arts facilities, equipment and music instruments are eligible for nomination.
  • In-kind sponsorship must meet the needs of the beneficiary and offer real cost savings to the beneficiary.
  • Discounts, bonus, upgrades, value-adds and waivers that are part of business negotiations to obtain best value for money, shall not be considered in-kind sponsorship.
  • Barter exchanges (a system of exchange by which goods or services are directly exchanged for other goods or services without using a medium of exchange, such as money) shall not be considered as an in-kind sponsorship.
  • Marketing partnerships such as official media, official website, official hotel, etc. which require dollar investment from the beneficiary are sales purchases, and shall not be considered in-kind sponsorship. For marketing deals that require no dollar investment from the beneficiary, the product or service offered must meet the needs of the beneficiary to be considered in-kind sponsorship.
  • The cost incurred by organisations that promote/support/organise arts activities as part of their core strategies, business operations or marketing plans shall not be considered in-kind sponsorship.
  • Product giveaway is an opportunity for the product owner to distribute or display their product. The value of the products given away is not considered to be in-kind sponsorship to the beneficiary. However, if the product giveaway meets the needs of the beneficiary, such as being a necessary part of the activity, it shall be considered in-kind sponsorship.

Evaluation of Artefact Donations

  • Valuation based on certified reports by respective institutions

Evaluation of Artefact Loans

  • Artefacts have to be loaned for at least 5 years
  • Donor recognised at the start of loan tenure, at valuation amount registered at the start of loan tenure
  • Valuation based on certified reports by respective institutions
Award Recipients

Please click here for more information on the 2021 Patron of the Arts Awards recipients.

Details of the past award recipients can be found below:

Patron of the Arts Awards 2020

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Patron of the Arts Awards 2019

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Patron of the Arts Awards 2018

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Patron of the Arts Awards 2017

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Patron of the Arts Awards 2016

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Patron of the Arts Awards 2015

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Patron of the Arts Awards 2014

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Patron of the Arts Awards 2013

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