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BUSINESS DAY/BASA AWARDS (article first published : 2005-11-14)

Corporate support for the arts comes under the spotlight as sponsors of the arts are invited to enter the 2005 Business Day/BASA Awards for innovative and effective sponsorship of the arts.

Focusing on support for the arts and cultural events, projects or organisations, these annual awards sponsored for the second year by Anglo American, recognise creative business thinking and identify partnerships that go beyond simple chequebook sponsorship and make a difference to both sponsor and recipient.

All businesses operating within South Africa, large or small, who have supported the arts in any genre, whether in cash or in kind during the period January 1 to December 31, 2005, may enter; alternatively, the recipient arts organisation may nominate their sponsor for an award.

Arts and cultural sponsorship spend continues to grow annually and by highlighting business-arts partnerships, the awards illustrate how effective and viable a business communications tool the arts are, while at the same time lifting the profile of the arts sector in our country. This is increasingly important in the light of the King 2 report; new strategic thinking needs new solutions such as those offered through investment in the arts.

There are 12 award categories, including the Chairman's Award for sustained excellence made at the discretion of BASA's Chairman. This year a new award Barloworld Mentor of the Year Award is introduced. Arts organisations may nominate individuals from the corporate sector with whom they have worked within the past three years, and whose ongoing inputs and advice have enhanced the organisation's skills base, capacity and competency.

Judges drawn from business, marketing and the arts will evaluate the success of each sponsorship programme in achieving the objectives of the sponsoring company and in bringing genuine benefits to the arts organisation and the broader community. In cases of multiple sponsorship of a single event, all sponsors are eligible to enter on the basis of their particular objectives. Factors such as the innovative nature of the sponsorship will also be taken into account.

The nomination/entry form may be completed by the sponsoring company and/or the arts organisation, except in the Strategic Sponsorship category, which must be completed by the sponsoring business itself. Sponsors may be entered in a maximum of two categories.

Contact Business and Arts South Africa for more information and nomination/entry forms on 011 832 3000; e-mail info@basa.co.za or visit www.basa.co.za

The closing date for entries is February 28, 2006.




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