BASA Awards entries increase


There has been a 40% growth in entries to the 13th annual Business Day BASA Awards, supported by Anglo American. Finalists will be announced on July 19, with the winners being awarded at the gala evening on 30 August 2010.

Commenting on the entries BASA CEO Michelle Constant said, “It is encouraging that there has been so much new interest and participation in this year’s awards especially when one considers that it is against the backdrop of a hugely challenging business environment.’ 

Judges are in the process of making the final nominee selections and will narrow the entries down to the top three in 12 of the 13 categories. The 13th category – the Chairman’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.

Joining this year’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.

This year’s entries cover a broad spectrum of art disciplines – Visual arts, dance, theatre, physical performance, music, architecture, fashion and design – in the following categories:

  • Innovation
  • First-Time Sponsor
  • Increasing Access to the Arts
  • International Sponsorship
  • Sustainable Partnership
  • Media Sponsorship
  • Single Strategic Project
  • Sponsorship In Kind
  • Small Business
  • Youth Development
  • Art Champion
  • Mentor of the Year Award

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