Rolex brings young artists to­gether with great masters for ex­tra­or­di­nary men­tor­ships

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theatre di­rec­tor Maya Zbib, Pales­tinian film­maker An­nemarie Jacir and Egyp­tian com­poser, Dina El We­didi. Rolex says the ini­tia­tive grew out of a de­sire in the late 1990s to sup­port artists in the same way that the Rolex Awards for En­ter­prise were sup­port­ing sci­en­tists, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists and ex­plor­ers. Although money is in­volved – the men­tor is paid 50,000 USD and the pro­tégé 25,000 USD, with an­other 25,000 USD put to­wards mak­ing a work – there is no obli­ga­tion to pro­duce any­thing at the end of the cy­cle. All they’re asked to do, is hold a cre­ative con­ver­sa­tion with the men­tor sup­port­ing the pro­tégé in their cho­sen en­deav­ours.

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