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 Canadian Arts and Business Awards.

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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Business for the Arts February newsletter

Our February newsletter is out! Get all the latest updates on our programs and events, including a new artsVest Partnership Story, Mentors’ Corner interview and artsQ profile. Read it here…

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Mentors’ Corner – February 2015

A monthly interview segment in the Business for the Arts newsletter featuring two artsVest Ontario mentors responding to the state of arts, fundraising, and board governance. See the full interview below! Read more about the artsVest Ontario Mentorship Program here.   Jennifer Hobbs – Director of Sponsorship Marketing at Hot Docs Jennifer Hobbs is responsible [...]

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Business for the Arts Chairman Jim Fleck appointed a Companion to the Order of Canada

Earlier today, Business for the Arts Chairman Jim Fleck was presented with the insignia of a Companion to the Order of Canada at Rideau Hall by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

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Nominations now open for 2015 Arnold Edinborough Award

Nominations are now open for the Arnold Edinborough Award, which recognizes a young business professional under 40 for their volunteerism in the arts. The winner receives a cash prize of $5,000 to be directed to the arts organization(s) of their choice.

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Business for the Arts January newsletter

Our January 2015 newsletter is out – get all the latest news and updates on our programs, events and arts initiatives. Read it here…

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