I'm pretty sure there's a word for that. Unfortunately, searching for the antonym of patronage didn't yield any results.

Example sentence:

Since I became a __ I haven't had to worry about money anymore.

  • Related and possible duplicate: english.stackexchange.com/q/176770/2085
    – tchrist
    Dec 31, 2016 at 14:36
  • Shop keepers often say, “Thank you for your patronage” when they leave the store. So since I became a shopkeeper ....
    – Jim
    Dec 31, 2016 at 18:36

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I wholeheartedly recommend the Reverse Dictionary at onelook.com. Searching for recipient of patronage gives, among other less relevant suggestions, all of the following.

  • protégé [probably the best word]
  • client
  • concern
  • dependant
  • favourite
  • almsman
  • beneficiary
  • 4
    I think "client" is the best choice. It's commonly used in e.g. Roman history (where the patron/client relationship was a cultural norm), or international politics ("client state"). Pprotégé I think carries the connotation of a younger person being mentored,
    – jamesqf
    Dec 31, 2016 at 18:46
  • @jamesqf - I too would associate a protégé with some transfer of skills rather than just money. I think I would find "client" in the example sentence somewhat confusing though. In common (non archaic) usage a client is a customer and someone paying for a service rather than receiving financial assistance. Dec 31, 2016 at 19:16

Not a word in common use in my experience but patronee apparently exists.

Oxford Dictionaries includes the definition

A recipient of patronage.

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Sydney Smith (1771–1845)

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