Posted on Friday 6 July 2012 by Ulster Business

Allianz A B NI Awards 2013 launch

Arts & Business Northern Ireland have launched the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2013.

Joining in the celebrations were Sharon McTaggart, Operations Manager, Allianz, principal sponsor of the Awards and Mary Trainor-Nagele, Chief Executive, Arts & Business NI. Nomination forms are available to download from the A&B NI website. The nominations have also been emailed extensively to the local arts and business communities. The deadline for completed nominations is Friday 31st August 2012.

Launching the awards, Mary Trainor-Nagele, Chief Executive, Arts & Business NI said: “We are delighted that Allianz has come on board for a seventh year for 2013 Awards. These Awards are crucial in acknowledging and celebrating the best in the many creative partnerships there are between NI arts and private sector businesses. We are looking forward to receiving this year’s nominations. We always have an excellent range of high quality submissions and I’m sure this year will be no exception.”

Sharon McTaggart, Operations Manager, Allianz said: “Allianz are delighted to once again be supporting these prestigious awards. We are very proud of our association which encourages and assists such strong links between the corporate and the arts world.”

The Awards ceremony for The Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards will be held in February 2013.

Six awards will be presented to businesses who have demonstrated a creative approach to developing mutually beneficial partnerships with the arts throughout Northern Ireland. This includes a new Business Award which has been added to the list of categories for 2013.

A further two awards will be presented to the arts sector to applaud their work and celebrate their successes. The Arts Award is presented to a local arts organisation which has consistently looked to develop and pioneer new ideas, whilst demonstrating a progressive and creative approach to a business partnership. The Arts Individual of the Year Award will be presented to an individual working with an arts organisation who has demonstrated business acumen and excellence in partnerships development.

A further Business Individual of the Year Award will be presented to an individual who in a voluntary capacity has added outstanding benefits to an arts organisation in a governance or strategic role.

Voting for Arts Individual of the Year Award and the Business Individual of the Year Award will take place online.

The importance of continued private sector support for the arts was reinforced by Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council, saying: “A growing number of local businesses are recognising the benefits that the creative arts can bring to their organisation, helping them to flourish and grow in new ways. The Allianz Art & Business NI Awards give recognition to some of those valuable relationships and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland is delighted to once again pledge its support to the scheme.”

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