Summa Artium was established at the end of 2003, with the aim of boosting sponsorship and support for the arts from the corporate and private sector, and to promote the cause of arts and business partnerships and private support for the arts in general.
By support we mean all forms of support to and investment into the arts from private sources, and business partnership with the arts, including sponsorship and support given in return for services and communications and sales promotion aims, cultural events organized for business partners and colleagues, establishing art collections, and maecenature (donation) without compensation as well as the help of experts who spend their time and expertise on culture. The main aim is to help culture and the arts by the creation of mutually beneficial arts and business partnerships, which result in additional revenues for the arts and success in business goals. We also work with individuals who provide financial or expert support for the arts.
How we position Summa Artium
Summa Artium is a not-for profit business consultancy. However, in the case of arts and business, profit earning and serving our mission are in most cases very closely interlinked. We work with businesses and individual donors to serve the arts world in a way that will make businesses and donors happy.
Main activity areas
1) Advice, expert and financial services to businesses that partner with, or individuals who support the arts.
2) Programmes and publications to promote the case of arts and business partnerships.
3) Maecenas Day Gala and Auction — an annual event, with an award giving gala evening, an auction of arts projects, and an experts’ roundtable. You can download the booklet of last year’s event, with an English summary on pages 27-29. and the Photo gallery.
4) Within the frames of our Fundus Program we operate private founded designated funds and foundations. Such are the Krisztina Polgár Memorial Fund that supports theatre innovation and arts related equal chances projects, and the Bartók New Series Foundation that funds, coordinates and supervises the publication of the 31 CD series.
Since we started operations early 2004, we have been involved in nearly 200 projects, resulting more than HUF 337 million ( ~ EUR 1,182,000) income for the arts until December 2008.
Networks that Summa Artium is actively involved in
Summa Artium is a member of CEREC (Comité Européen pour le Rapprochement de l'Economie et de la Culture), the Brussels-based umbrella organization for “arts and business” NGOs,
the American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary,
and founding member of the Sponsorship Roundtable, an association seeking to make sponsorship a widely and expertly used tool for marketing purposes. Summa Artium sees its role in the association to further propagate culture and the arts as an area that can partner with businesses in mutually beneficial projects.
The Persons Behind Summa Artium
András Török, Managing Director; István Arnold, Deputy Director; Petra Geszti, Office Manager and Csilla Gyöngy, Financial Manager