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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Canadians value companies that support the arts

Business for the Arts (BftA) has released an in-depth report conducted by the Strategic Counsel revealing high levels of engagement in the arts by Canadians and a commitment from business to invest in arts and culture.

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Business for the Arts March newsletter

Our March newsletter is out! Get the latest news and updates on our sponsorship tutorials, artsVest partnership stories, Mentors’ Corner interview, artsQ profile of Jan Belanger of Great-West Life, and more Read it here…

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Business for the Arts and The Banff Centre to host 18th Annual Canadian Arts Summit in Toronto

Business for the Arts, in partnership with The Banff Centre, will present the 18th Annual Canadian Arts Summit April 10-11, 2015 at the Aga Khan Museum and the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto. The event is a unique national leadership forum that brings together the executive directors, artistic directors and board chairs of Canada’s largest not-for-profit arts and cultural institutions with innovative thinkers and leaders from a diversity of backgrounds and sectors.

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Mentors’ Corner – March 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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Read more about the artsVest Ontario Mentorship Program here.

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Register for the 2015 Canadian Arts Summit livestream

Dynamic speakers and compelling discussions on the arts – join the conversation and sign up for the Canadian Arts Summit livestream on Friday, April 10.

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