"Nowadays All Artists are Entrepreneurs", Tony Elliot Presented with The Goodman Award at the 35th Arts & Business Awards

Tony Elliot, Time Out founder and active supporter of the arts, was presented with The Goodman Award by Goodman Derrick LLP’s Senior Partner, Tim Langton, at the 35th Arts & Business Awards at BFI Southbank on 21 May 2014.

The Goodman Award honours an individual who has made an outstanding, long-term contribution to the arts in a voluntary capacity. Tony was presented with the award for his exceptional commitment to a variety of arts organisations and particularly for his involvement in the Roundhouse Theatre, Somerset House and many other smaller organisations.

Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of the Arts Council and a Goodman Award judge commented:

“Tony is a bit of an unsung hero. I think he’s pretty well known in the arts world but what is less well known are the hard yards he has put into all the all of the different arts organisations he has supported.”

Tony Elliott spoke on receiving the award and he highlighted the need for supporters of the Arts to make imaginative decisions and to try to support emerging arts organisations:

“I have no interest whatsoever in contributing to the inflated budgets of London’s and the UK’s large cultural institutions. My £1,000 or £5,000 donations hardly register with them. But figures like that change the world for new, innovative, fleet of foot operators. That’s a really worthwhile thing to support...be bold. The UK has a booming cultural sector. At today’s meeting of the Somerset House Trust the new director said “nowadays all artists are entrepreneurs”. He’s completely right.”

The Goodman Award was presented alongside eight other awards that honoured the best arts and business partnerships of the last 12 months. Jonathan Tuchner, Acting Campaign Director of Arts & Business, commented:

"We must always celebrate the remarkable insight and energy of businesses engaging and inspiring the arts across England. These businesses still do not receive the recognition or the plaudits they deserve. The arts are in a much richer place due to the long term commitment and support of business and we believe these collaborations can continue to go from strength to strength. This year’s entries were incredibly strong and the winners are superb examples of how business and the arts can work well together for the good of both."

The Goodman Award Judges, 2014

Notes to editors

Goodman Derrick LLP and Arts & Business - 2014

Goodman Derrick have collaborated with Arts & Business in 2014, a year which will celebrate the firm’s 60th anniversary and the 35th year of the Arts & Business Awards.

Since its creation, Arts & Business has become one of the leading global experts in developing private and public sector partnerships with the arts, seeking to achieve commercial goals for business through collaborative engagement with the arts.

The Goodman Award was originally named by Arts & Business in recognition of Goodman Derrick’s founder, Lord Goodman, who established Arts & Business in 1976 and was the organisation’s first chair.

35th Arts & Business Awards - Winners

A&B New Sponsorship Award
Hull 2017 Angels Business Consortium (nominated by Force-7 Ltd) & Hull 2017 UK City of Culture Bid

A&B Sponsorship Awards (below £10,000)
Fellows Auctioneers & Herbert Art Gallery & Museum (Culture Coventry)

A&B Sponsorship Award (£10,000 and above)
Hornby PLC & National Railway Museum

A&B Digital Partnership Award
Sennheiser & Victoria and Albert Museum

A&B Corporate Responsibility Award
Deutsche Bank & 13 UK Universities

BP A&B Long-term Partnership Award
Samsung & British Museum

A&B Board Member of the Year Award
Robin Woodhead & Hofesh Shechter Company

A&B Young Board Member of the Year Award
Alice Millest & Clean Break

The 2014 Goodman Award
Tony Elliott

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About Arts & Business

Arts & Business is one of the leading global experts in developing private and public sector partnerships with the arts. We connect companies, communities and individuals to cultural organisations and provide the delivery, expertise and insight for their relationships to thrive, for their mutual benefit and that of the wider community. Founded in 1976, our recent merger with Business in the Community brought together the expertise of the Arts & Business team within the wider function of Business in the Community. The mission of Arts & Business is to encourage and promote stronger partnerships between business and the arts. These partnerships will underline the power of the arts to transform business and communities and the power of business to transform the arts.