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The Prince of Wales to present medals for Arts Philanthropy

The Prince of Wales, President, Arts & Business, presented The Prince of Wales Medals for Arts Philanthropy at St James's Palace on Wednesday.

The Prince of Wales, President, Arts & Business, presented The Prince of Wales Medals for
Arts Philanthropy at St James’s Palace on Wednesday.

President of Arts & Business, The Prince of Wales will award Prince of Wales’ Medals for Arts Philanthropy on Wednesday, 11 December at St James’s Palace State Apartments, London. The medals are in recognition of the contribution to the nation’s cultural life by five prominent philanthropists.

The Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy is celebrating its sixth year of recognising those who champion the arts and acknowledges the impact of some of the most inspirational cultural patrons in the UK.

Joining Charles will be “dancers Akram Khan, Hofesh Shechter and Wayne McGregor, business leaders Jonathan Moulds and Sir Martin Sorrell, arts leaders Dame Monica Mason and Christopher Le Brun, to celebrate individuals who support the arts and recognise the contribution of the most inspiring cultural philanthropists in the UK,” stated Clarence House.

A short speech will be made by the Prince following by the awarding of medals then a reception. Master of ceremonies for the occasion will be Joanna Lumley.

The Prince of Wales’ “Arts Cluster Group” came up with a list of twenty philanthropists for the panel of judges to review and select five recipients. The judges group was comprised of Jonathan Moulds (Chair of the Arts & Business Leadership Team), Greg Doran (Associate Director RSC), Christopher Le Brun (Artist, President of the Royal Academy) Dame Monica Mason (Former Artistic Director of The Royal Ballet Director) and Sir Ronald Harwood (writer).

“Arts & Business invited nominations from arts bodies the length and breadth of the UK to collate a first wave of potential recipients. The recipients, who could be UK or foreign nationals, will receive their medal in recognition of their philanthropic support of cultural activities in the United Kingdom or of UK artists or organisations presented overseas,” Say Arts & Business in a statement regarding the awards.

“There is a special resonance to the Prince of Wales Medals for Arts Philanthropy this year. As we celebrate the individuals who contribute so much to the arts we must also turn our thoughts to how we can collectively inspire a new generation of individuals to be generous with their time, their determination and their money. I strive to influence and encourage new individuals to give to the arts, yet recognise that there are still arguments we collectively need to win. The true beneficiaries of the Prince of Wales Medals for Art Philanthropy will be future generations; the arts are not an optional extra,” Jonathan Moulds noted.

The Honourees for The Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy 2013: Lady Bernstein, Philip and Christine Carne, Ms Delfina Entrecanales, Lord Rothschild and Ian and Mercedes Stoutzker.

“These five philanthropists have each supported the arts in very different ways, highlighting the broad nature of cultural philanthropy today. Their stories are important because they act as an inspiration to others, not just on how to explore a personal passion for the arts but also on the huge impact an individual can have through their philanthropy. As the Arts & Business figures show, the support that the arts receive from individuals is increasingly important to their survival, with a particular challenge for the cultural sector outside of London,” Philip Spedding, Director of Arts & Business, stated.

In 2001, Charles became President of Arts & Business. Arts & Business is a member of The Prince’s Charities. ‘The Prince’s Charities’ is a consortium of not-for-profit organisations of which the Prince is President.

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