Business / 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 / Arts Awards.

Business / Arts

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

 

Some of our featured programs:

artsvest

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

boardLink

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

artsScene

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

B/A Awards

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

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The Royal Conservatory of Music Announces Former VP of Business for the Arts, Aida Aydinyan, as Incoming General Manager, Performing Arts

The Royal Conservatory of Music has officially announced Canadian-Armenian Aida Aydinyan as their incoming General Manager, Performing Arts. Ms. Aydinyan will be responsible for all aspects of the operations, including box office, production, facility rentals, front of house, food and beverages, and, in partnership with Mervon Mehta, will lead a team of about 150 full-time and part-time employees. Her portfolio will also include financial management, development, marketing the facilities, liaising with external patrons, and clients, as well as government relations for the Performing Arts. Said Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of Performing Arts: “I am thrilled to welcome Aida to The Royal Conservatory, especially as we prepare for the 10th anniversary of Koerner Hall next season. She brings a wealth of management experience to The Conservatory and, with her enthusiasm, is a tremendous addition to our team. We are eagerly anticipating the positive impact she is going to have here.”

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A $193,500 investment in Alberta’s arts sector grew 5 times to $1.25M thanks to Business for the Arts’ artsVest program

A $193,500 investment in Alberta’s arts sector grew 5 times to $1.25M thanks to Business for the Arts’ artsVest program

This unique funding model leverages federal and local government funding to trigger direct, private sector contributions to small and medium arts and cultural organizations

(Edmonton, AB – February 27, 2018) – Business for the Arts, a national organization that works to strengthen arts and culture in Canada by stimulating investment in the arts through matching incentives and sponsorship training for arts organization, worked with 39 arts organizations in Calgary and Edmonton to achieve five times their funding goal.

Starting with $193,500 in grants from the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta, Business for the Arts leveraged its artsVest model to help these organizations secure $1.06M in additional investments from Alberta’s business sector.

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Celebrating the $1 million impact of Kelowna’s artsVest program

(Kelowna, BC – February 21, 2018) – Business for the Arts and the City of Kelowna announced at its wrap-up celebration on Tuesday evening that the participants of the artVest program have provided a boost of more than $1 million to the arts and culture community in Kelowna from 2014 to 2017.

artsVest is a sponsorship training and matching incentive program that assists small- and medium-sized arts and culture organizations in securing sponsorships from businesses in their communities. The program is delivered by Business for the Arts in communities across British Columbia with funding from Canadian Heritage, the Province of British Columbia and the City of Kelowna.

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Business for the Arts stimulates a total $656K investment into Nova Scotia’s arts sector through artsVest!

Business for the Arts – with funding support from the Government of Canada and Arts Nova Scotia – invested $200,000 in grants to 84 arts organizations across Nova Scotia through their artsVest program. This initial investment inspired a further investment of $456,391 from the business sector using artsVest’s leveraging model, where small arts organizations are trained to build funding partnerships with business and for every secured partnership raised throughout the program, they are granted matching funds.

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BFTA’s VP, Aida Aydinyan on Leadership and her Acceptance into the Banff Cultural Leadership Program

I am beyond thrilled and grateful to be part of the first cohort of Banff Centre’s new Cultural Leadership program. This new program addresses an important sectoral issue of leadership development. It is wonderful to see a structured and strategic approach to the program as there is a huge disconnect between the reality of the […]

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