The award was established by the Polish Culture Foundation and Bank Millennium and is being given since 1999. The award focuses on the intellectual creative work of an individual or group of artists; a community organisation; artistic institution; cultural or scientific movement. The first winner of the award was Jerzy Giedroyć.
The candidates are proposed and the award is given by a Chapter composed as follows: Beata Tyszkiewicz- Chairperson, Bogusław Kott- Deputy Chairperson, Rafał Skąpski – Secretary as well as Members: Professor Andrzej Strumiłło, Agnieszka Duczmal, Professor Wacław Sadkowski, Professor Aleksander Krawczuk.
In 2015 the Chapter decided to give the Golden Sceptre award, the associated cheque for PLN 110,000 as well as the sceptre sculpture by Professor Krzysztof Nitsch to POLISH RADIO THEATRE.
The award was given for consistency in presenting the greatest achievements of Polish and international playwrighting; focus on preserving the beauty of the Polish language; creative and inspiring presence in the life of many generations of radio audience; shaping the tastes and developing imagination of millions of Poles.
Polish Radio Theatre is the first cultural institution to receive the award. Almost one hundred actors appeared on stage to receive the sceptre statuette, which was the n passed on from hand to hand as befits a trophy won together.