The Annual BASA Awards recognise support of and partnerships with the arts, particularly from the private sector. It is BASA’s flagship event and assists in promoting mutually beneficial, equitable and sustainable partnerships with the arts. The awards categories encompass all creative mediums and a wide spectrum of partnerships. In addition, special awards are made annually at the discretion of the BASA Board of Directors to celebrate remarkable contributions by individuals, organisations and businesses.

To enter the Annual BASA Awards, either the arts organisation/project or the sponsor must nominate their partnership by submitting an entry via BASA’s entry platform, which is available online while the call for entries is open. Requirements for the BASA Awards are be published annually to outline guidelines and criteria.

Once the BASA Awards have been judged, the finalists and winners are announced and profiled through Business and Arts South Africa’s various platforms and media partners.


For more information on the BASA Awards, please email the Awards team on or call 063 669 6281 during business hours.

Online entry platform
Guidelines and Criteria
Previous Winners
Case Studies


The year 2021 marked the 24th year of the BASA Awards and the second year that the Awards were presented online. Inspired by the great Maya Angelou poem Still I Rise, the theme RISE was both a celebration and a call to action. The ceremony celebrated the resilience of the arts sector and the business partnerships that helped them endure.

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The indelibility of the arts sector was highlighted in one of the century’s most challenging years, 2020. For the first time in its 23-year-long history, the BASA Awards were presented online.

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The BASA Awards 2022 are made possible through the generous support of Hollard.