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Quite literally: The artist Andreas Paeslack and Bazon Brock in 2004 as patrons of the project "In the name of art"

As a patron or patroness or (in Switzerland ) patron and patronage ( Austria ), occasionally protector or shield woman , in today's parlance, a (usually is prominent ) personality or an organization referred to by their names one event or a non-profit organization supported.

The benefit may be an image gain for both sides. However, some patrons also support with active advertising and use their good contacts to gain further supporters. However, unlike advertising or sponsoring  , patronage is usually not associated with a flow of money.

A patronage by a head of state emphasizes the importance of the event or the organization in particular. The German Federal President only takes on patronage as the sole patron, unless there is a dual patronage with a foreign head of state. The patronage of a Federal President is not binding for his successor. In Austria, the Federal President traditionally takes on the protection of honor for the concert on the national holiday .


According to Grimm , who uses the word synonymously for Patronus , a patron is a person who “exercises protection over a city, country and the like or over a person”.

In the Middle Ages , a patron was a nobleman who granted military protection to a social, religious or economic group in return for payment of the patronage . For example, this could be a monastery whose military ability was limited, but also a guild or the Jewish community (see Protective Jew ) of a certain area.

This protection was not always actually provided, or could take the form of pure protection money payments .


Web links

Wiktionary: Patron  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. Patrons. The Federal President, accessed on April 27, 2015 .
  2. patron. In: Jacob Grimm , Wilhelm Grimm (Hrsg.): German dictionary . tape 15 : Schiefeln – Soul - (IX). S. Hirzel, Leipzig 1899, Sp. 220 ( ).
  3. Umbrella money. In: Jacob Grimm , Wilhelm Grimm (Hrsg.): German dictionary . tape 15 : Schiefeln – Soul - (IX). S. Hirzel, Leipzig 1899, Sp. 219 ( ).
  4. Financial dictionary: umbrella money