I'm going straight with the medieval idea of patronage: "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, popes and the wealthy have provided to artists such as musicians, painters, and sculptors." Wikipedia I want to encourage this within the non-profit recreation group of the Society of Creative Anachronism.
My idea is that if people are interested in promoting a certain thing, for example: more music in the SCA, better heraldry, more research in a particular time period, then they would either through resources, financial or otherwise, assist an aspiring person in the SCA that would benefit from that patronage.
The idea of Patronage seems to resonate with people because it is something that their personna would do as nobility. My personna that is the artist and fencer would have had a patron who I wrote for, painted for, trained.
Ideally, what patronage can be is:
1. "I want new fighters to look better so I'm going to commission some new fighting tunics and donate them to people".
2. I want to give a scribe paints to get started.
3. I want fund artists/scribes who want to do things with more medieval materials.
4. I want to hear more periodic music at SCA events. I will commission someone to do this.
5. I want to see more research done on 16th century Italian culture. I will assist a person by helping them get books, or work with them at one event to show them where the best research is.
6. I love heraldry and I would like to encourage someone to do more with heraldry.
7. I want X more in the SCA, so I am going to encourage Lord So and So who is interested in that.
8. It can be a once thing. Buying and donating a set of paints, loaning a book, emailing a list of research sources, encouraging at an event.
As you can see, many of us do this already, but I wanted to encourage it even more.
What patronage is not:
1. It is not the apprentice, squire, cadet, protegee, student, etc., relationship.
2. It is open to anyone of nobility and is not the sole venue of the peerages.
3. It is not a long term relationship (it can become one, but it doesn't haven't to be).