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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Saskatchewan’s RuBarb Productions and K+S Potash Canada win Business for the Arts’ artsVest™ Outstanding Partnership Award

(TORONTO, ON – September 16, 2014) Business for the Arts, Canada’s national charitable association of business members who support the arts, announced today that Moose Jaw theatre company RuBarb Productions Inc. will receive the artsVest Outstanding Partnership Award to be presented at the Canadian Arts and Business Awards, held November 14, 2014 at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

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Business for the Arts celebrates $5 million impact of 2013-2014 artsVest™ program across Canada

(TORONTO, ON – September 5, 2014) Business for the Arts, Canada’s national charitable association of business members who support the arts, announced today the successful completion of the 2013-2014 artsVest™ program in Ontario, the City of Toronto, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Nova Scotia. artsVest is a matching incentive and sponsorship training program of Business for the Arts funded by Canadian Heritage, provincial and municipal partners, and in-kind support from the local cultural community in each province and city. The program offers sponsorship training workshops and resources to small and medium-sized arts and culture organizations to help them secure local business investment and develop new revenue streams.

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Business for the Arts welcomes 44 arts and culture groups to 2014-2015 artsVest™ program in Nova Scotia

(TORONTO, ON – September 4, 2014) Business for the Arts, Canada’s only national charitable organization of business members who support the arts, announced today the list of 2014-2015 artsVest™ participants in Nova Scotia to receive $104,000 in matching incentives. The program is delivered with funding support from Canadian Heritage in partnership with Arts Nova Scotia.

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Become a mentor! artsVest™ launching new program this fall in Ontario

Our flagship artsVest™ program is launching a new mentorship training component across Ontario in fall 2014. The artsVest™ Ontario Mentorship Program will run from 2014-2018 and is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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Business for the Arts August newsletter

Our August newsletter is out. Get all the latest Business for the Arts news and updates here…

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