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BUSINESS DAY/BASA AWARDS NOMINEES (article first published : 2006-04-25)

Business and Arts South Africa, in collaboration with Business Day, launched awards for business sponsors of the arts in this country in 1997, to recognise and highlight businesses that make effective and innovative use of arts sponsorship and, in so doing, lift the profile of the arts. The ninth series of awards reflects a growing awareness within the corporate sector both of the inherent value of the arts to society at all levels, and of the business argument for supporting the arts.

In the category Best Use of a Commission of New Art, which recognises those sponsors who have had the vision to support the creation of new, original work in any arts medium and to use the commission effectively, nominations go to Discovery for "Face Up: Discovery Reaches Out", Hollard for Art and Heritage at Villa Arcadia, Legacy Group Holdings for Raphael Mural Art Project, Telkom for Wits School of Arts and Wits History Workshop and Exhibition and MTN for MTN Foundation: Arts and Culture Portfolio.

Nominated in the First Time Sponsor category are Edgars for Edgars Music Series at Bassline Jazz Club, Freben Funeral Services in Acornhoek in Mpumalanga for BOWADEPRO - Bohlabela Writing and Acting Development Project, Renault SA (Pty) Limited for Renault Art and Culture, Fruit and Veg City Holdings for Cape Dance Company and Fidentia Group for Fidentia South African Youth Choir.

Increasing Access to the Arts focuses on those sponsors who have helped bring the arts to people who might not otherwise have access to them. Nominees are Cell C for "Cell C - Sound of the City", Fairheads Trust Company for The Clanwilliam Arts Project run in conjunction with the University of Cape Town Drama Dept, Johannesburg Zoo for Edoardo Villa Exhibition at the Johannesburg Zoo, Shell South Africa Energy (Pty) Limited for Cape Town Opera and Truworths Limited for Iziko Learns with Special Education (LSEN) Workshop Programme.

The International Sponsorship category recognises those businesses sponsoring South African arts abroad, or bringing an international arts project into South Africa, giving our public access to work it would not normally see. The nominees are Cell C for CowParade SA (CCA Operations (Pty) Limited), Hollard, Spier and Nando's for Season South Africa 2005 and Vodacom Group for UNISA International Music Competition.

Nominations for Long Term Development - a category designed to recognise companies that have not only committed to but developed sponsorship of an arts organisation or project over three or more years - go to ABSA for The ABSA l'Atelier Art Competition, First National Bank for The FNB Dance Umbrella, Multichoice Afrika for Multichoice Vuka! Awards 2005, PPC Cement for PPC Young Concrete Sculptors Awards and Sasol Limited for Sasol Schools Festivals Series.

Nominations for Media Sponsorship, for consistent support given by electronic or print media to the arts go to Classicfeel Magazine for The South African Jazz Musicians in Classicfeel, Johnnic Communications Eastern Cape for The Herald Showtime Awards and Revue, Multichoice Africa for Multichoice Vuka! Awards 2005, The Natal Witness/Weekend Witness for dedicated arts pages and support for local productions and The Natal Witness Printing and Publishing Company for The Witness Hilton Arts Festival.

The category Single Project focuses on an outstanding sponsorship or a series of projects with one organisation, and the nominees are Deutsche Bank for Little Artists, BHP Billiton for Ifa Lethu Foundation, Enterprise IG for SA Ballet Theatre, RAU-Trust for University of Johannesburg Art Centre and Standard Bank of SA for William Kentridge "9 Drawings for Projection".

Smaller companies with 1-200 full-time employees and an annual turnover of no more than R10million, who give vital support to arts projects, fall into the category Sponsorship by a Small Business. Nominees are Durban's Bean Bag Bohemia for BBB Independent Museum/Gallery of Durban Culture, Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) for Art on Campus, Peter Kroll Designer Tiles cc (PK Tiles) for Swimming Pool Mosaic Project, Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters for Jazzart Young Adult Training and Job Creation Programme and Thengo Security Services for BOWADEPRO Writing and Acting Project.

Nominations in the category Sponsorship in Kind, where a company gives non-financial but essential support to the arts, go to Business Champions in Limpopo :(BPB Gypsum (Pty) Limited, Cosmoplan Architects and Industrial Designers, EPX Couriers, Edupark, Exclusive Books, Pietersburg Plumbing Supplies, Thabiso New Technologies) for Limpopo Arts and Culture Association - The Artzone Support Centre Development Project, Bean Bag Bohemia for BBB Independent Museum/Gallery of Durban Culture, Bell Dewar and Hall Inc. for Artist Proof Studio and Premier Foods for Zindala Zombili.

The Strategic Sponsorship category looks at the best use of a sponsorship programme as an integral part of the sponsor's overall marketing strategy. Nominated are Cell C for ‘Sound of the City' and CowParadeSA (CCA Operations (Pty) Limited), Levi Strauss for Oppiyard cc T/a Oppikoppi Productions, RAU-Trust for University of Johannesburg Art Centre and SABC for ‘Making Waves‘ an exhibition of work from the SABC Art Collection.

One of the most popular areas for arts sponsorship is that which involves education and/or young people. In the category Youth Sponsorship the nominees are Cell C for Durban Music School, Clover Eastern Cape for The Herald Showtime Awards and Revue, Deutsche Bank for Little Artists, Primi World for Live@ Primi and Total South Africa for The Total Miagi Festival 2005.

The Chairman's Premier Award is made annually at the discretion of the Chairman of Business and Arts South Africa and will be awarded at the presentation.

Nominees for the inaugural Barloworld Mentor of the Year Award are: Mr Leon Cronje of Pentad Quantity Surveyors (Pty) Limited working with the Association of Arts, Pretoria; Mr Michael Joubert of Levi Strauss SA working with Hermanus Whale Festival; Ms Julia Lamberth of Ernst and Young working with the Joubert Park Project and Mr Giovanni Mariano of Mastrantonio Holdings working with Artists Proof Studio.

The awards will be presented on May 29 to those businesses deemed most successful in achieving their objectives and, through this, benefiting the arts in South Africa. The judging panel includes Darryl Accone, Gordon Cook, Ivan May, Welcome Msomi, Fiona Ramsay, Peter Vundla and Annie Williamson. The voting process was monitored and audited by Grant Thornton.




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