Record Number of Entries for the 2010 Business and Arts Awards.
Last edited: June 23, 2010
Posted by Business and Arts South Africa
Entries to the 13th annual Business Day BASA Awards, supported by Anglo American, are up by 40%, with the newly appointed judging panel of this prestigious competition now convening to evaluate which of the entries will make the final nominee cut in each of the 13 categories.
Joining this yearâ€™s judging panel are Jay Pather (chairperson of the National Arts Festival and associate professor UCT), Lisebo Mokhesi (co-founder of architectural and interior design consultancy INK) and Independent art consultant Nicki du Plessis. Completing the panel are existing BASA judges Andrew Human (Loerie Awards MD ) Dr Ivan May (CEO of the Constitution Hill Trust), Cheryl Carolus (chairperson of Peotona Holdings), and Gordon Cook (co-founder and School Navigator for Vega The Brand Communications School and The Imagination Lab), who is chairing the judging panel.
The panel will narrow the entries down to the top 3 in each of the 12 categories; the 13th category â€“ the Chairmanâ€™s Award - is made at the discretion of the Chairman of the Business and Arts South Africa Board and recognises sustained and extraordinary commitment to the arts in South Africa by a business.
Commenting on the entries BASA CEO Michelle Constant said, â€œIt is encouraging that there has been so much new interest and participation in this yearâ€™s awards especially when one considers that it is against the backdrop of a hugely challenging business environment.â€
This yearâ€™s entries cover a broad spectrum of art disciplines - Visual arts, dance, theatre, physical performance, music, architecture, fashion and design - in the following categories:
â€¢ First-Time Sponsor
â€¢ Increasing Access to the Arts
â€¢ International Sponsorship
â€¢ Sustainable Partnership
â€¢ Media Sponsorship
â€¢ Single Strategic Project
â€¢ Sponsorship In Kind
â€¢ Small Business
â€¢ Youth Development
â€¢ Art Champion
â€¢ Mentor of the Year Award
The finalists in the Business Day BASA Awards, supported by Anglo American will be announced on July 19 with the winners being awarded at the gala evening on 30 August 2010.
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