What is patronage?

  • (noun): (politics) granting favors or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support.
    See also — Additional definitions below


Patronage is the support, encouragement, privilege, or financial aid that an organization or individual bestows to another. In the history of art, arts patronage refers to the support that kings or popes have provided to musicians, painters, and sculptors. It can also refer to the right of bestowing offices or church benefices, the business given to a store by a regular customer, and the guardianship of saints. The word "patron" derives from the Latin patronus, "patron," one who gives benefits to his clients (see Patronage in ancient Rome).

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Some articles on patronage:

Scotland In The Early Modern Era
... After a long minority, the reign of James V saw the court become a centre of Renaissance patronage, but it ended in military defeat and another long minority for ... of England and Ireland, creating a dynastic union and moving the centre of royal patronage and power to London ... a flowering of Scottish literature before the loss of the court as a centre of patronage at the beginning of the seventeenth century ...
Patronage - Ecclesiastical - Presbyterian
... The Church Patronage (Scotland) Act 1711, (in force until 1874) resulted in multiple Secessions from the Church of Scotland, leading to the establishment of the Free Church of Scotland (meaning ...
Smart Bus - SmartBus Patronage Growth
... Several reviews have been conducted of patronage growth on SmartBus routes ... the Bus Association of Victoria found that SmartBus patronage on routes 703 and 902 (formerly 888/889) increased 15% over two years, even after petrol prices in Melbourne dropped in late 2008 ...
Sen Lin Hu - International Ties - International Patronage Granted
... His Majesty King Harald V of Norway has granted royal patronage to Skogfjorden, the Norwegian Language Village ... Patronage is an affirmation from the Royal Family of Norway of the quality educational programming of Concordia Language Villages ... President of the Federal Republic of Germany has also granted personal patronage to Waldsee, the German Language Village ...
Church Patronage (Scotland) Act 1711 - Outcome - 1719 Patronage Act
... Many optimistically thought this was the end of Patronage, as no right-thinking Presbyterian would declare willingness to accept a Patron's offer, but after an uncertain few years, Patronage continued ...

More definitions of "patronage":

  • (noun): A communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient.
    Synonyms: condescension, disdain
  • (noun): The business given to a commercial establishment by its customers.
    Example: "Even before noon there was a considerable patronage"
    Synonyms: trade
  • (verb): Support by being a patron of.

Famous quotes containing the word patronage:

    Each of the Arts whose office is to refine, purify, adorn, embellish and grace life is under the patronage of a Muse, no god being found worthy to preside over them.
    Eliza Farnham (1815–1864)

    She loved money, but could occasionally part with it, especially to men of learning, whose patronage she affected. She often conversed with them, and bewildered herself in their metaphysical disputes, which neither she nor they themselves understood.
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773)