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 October Newsletter

Our October newsletter is out! Get the latest news and updates on the 2015 Canadian Arts and Business Awards and more.

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Business for the Arts September Newsletter

Our September newsletter is out! Get the latest news and updates on The Art of Sponsorship e-learning course, the artsVest Ontario Mentorship Program, an artsQ with BftA Board Member Éric Bujold, and more.

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artsVest Ontario Mentee Spotlight: The Bach Music Festival of Canada

In celebration of the successful 2014-15 artsVest Ontario Mentorship Program, we are featuring an artsVest Ontario Mentee: The Bach Music Festival of Canada

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Mentors’ Corner – June 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.

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Business for the Arts May Newsletter

Our May newsletter is out! Get the latest news and updates on our Research Roundtables, the Canadian Arts and Business Awards, artsQ with Ontario Arts Council board member Judith Gelber, and more. Read it here.

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