Business for the Arts aims to strengthen arts and culture in Canada by connecting arts organizations to business patrons and volunteers through our artsScene and boardLink programs; by stimulating investment in the arts through matching incentives and sponsorship training for arts organization with artsVest; by communicating the value of investing in the arts through advocacy and research; and by providing a platform for arts organizations to celebrate their outstanding business partners in the arts with our Business for the Arts (BftA) Awards.


To learn more about Business for the Arts and our programs, please click here.


Some of our featured programs:


artsVest is a sponsorship training and matching incentive program designed to stimulate business investment in arts and culture across Canada.


boardLink is a matching program connecting emerging business professionals with volunteer board and committee positions within the arts.


artsScene is national network of leading young business professionals dedicated to fostering the growth of arts and culture through volunteerism, patronage and support.


The Canadian Arts and Business Awards honour Canada’s foremost business and arts leaders and companies who support the arts.

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You’re invited to participate in artsVest Alberta!

artsVest, Business for the Arts’ national flagship program, works directly with small to mid-sized arts organizations, equipping them with in-depth training, tools and mentorship relationships. These components are thoughtfully created to build sustainable partnerships between arts and businesses and to spark sponsorship opportunities. As an added incentive, artsVest participants can apply for matching grants – […]

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BftA is Hiring a Graphic Designer and Web Developer!

Business for the Arts (BftA) is looking for a full-time (contract) Graphic Designer and Web Developer to join our team! If you’re an experienced and passionate designer, we would love to hear from you! Applications are due by Monday, August 1 at 5:00PM EST to Aida Aydinyan, Vice President at To read the full […]

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BftA Now Accepting Rebrand RFPs

Business for the Arts (BftA) has several programs and properties which operate under the core brand. We would like to consolidate the properties into one larger WordPress site. This will also include a new logo and colour palette for BftA, as well as taking the same look and feel from this logo and translating it […]

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New BftA Research Now Available!

Culture for Competitiveness: How Vibrant Culture Attracts Top Talent In an increasingly competitive, increasingly global landscape, our province and our businesses are seeking creative strategies to attract top talent to Ontario. Business for the Arts​, with support from Ontario Arts Council and research contribution by Nanos Research, released the results of our new study – Culture for Competitiveness: How Vibrant Culture […]

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New study reveals businesses attract more skilled workers by engaging in arts and culture

Business for the Arts announces results of Culture for Competitiveness: How Vibrant Culture Attracts Top Talent TORONTO, ON June 22, 2016 — Business for the Arts (BftA) to announce the results of an important new study, Culture for Competitiveness: How Vibrant Culture Attracts Top Talent. Commissioned by BftA with support from Ontario Arts Council and research contribution […]

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