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BftA is looking for an Awards Gala Intern!

Business for the Arts is looking for a dedicated individual to provide administrative, communications, marketing, and logistical support for the Business for the Arts Awards Gala taking place on November 9th at the Art Gallery of Ontario. This position is ideal for a new graduate or entry level candidate interested in working in special events and will work closely with the Events & Partnerships Liaison.

About the Business for the Arts Awards Gala: The Awards Gala is one of Canada’s most prestigious and long-standing events where national arts and business leaders come together to celebrate extraordinary contributions and commitment to the arts sector through philanthropy, unique and innovative partnerships, and volunteerism. This year’s 39th Annual Awards Gala will be held on November 9th at the Art Gallery of Ontario where Canada’s arts and business leaders from across the country will gather for a memorable arts-filled evening.

To apply please email your cover letter and resume to Aida Aydinyan, Vice President, at careers@businessforthearts.org no later than Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at 5 pm EST.

For more information and to see the full job description, please click here.

BftA is looking for an Events Intern!

Business for the Arts is looking for an energetic individual to provide administrative, communications, marketing, and logistical support for Business for the Arts’ inaugural conference titled The Arts and Business Exchange (ABX), which will be held on November 10th in metro Toronto. This position is ideal for a new graduate or entry level candidate interested in working in events and cultural programming and will work closely with the Program Coordinator.

About the Arts and Business Exchange (ABX): The Arts and Business Exchange is an annual conference that brings together Canada’s emerging arts leaders and business professionals who share a vision to collaborate for the betterment of Canada’s arts and culture ecosystem. This initiative is predicated upon the belief that these influential young leaders — business volunteers, artists, and administrators — can, by working together, develop the strengths required to support Canadian artistic aspirations.

To apply please email your cover letter and resume to Aida Aydinyan, Vice President, at careers@businessforthearts.org no later than Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at 5 pm EST.

For more information and to see the full job description, please click here!

Business for the Arts’ artsVest program creates impact of $4.45M on Canada’s cultural economy

Business for the Arts – Canada’s only national charitable organization with a mandate to strengthen the arts and culture sectors nationally by building partnerships between the private and cultural sectors – has officially wrapped up its artsVest program for 2016 in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Toronto. With funding support from the Government of Canada, Toronto Arts Council, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ontario Trillium Foundation, B.C. Ministry of Culture (BC Arts Council), City of Kelowna, Saskatchewan Ministry of Culture, and Arts Nova Scotia, $1.16M in matching funds generated $3.29M in sponsorship dollars, for a total impact of $4.45M towards the arts in Canada – meaning every $1.00 invested saw a return of $2.84; more than doubling the impact of the artsVest program in Canada’s arts communities.

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Stream the 2017 Canadian Arts Summit Live!

We are just a few short days away from the 2017 Canadian Arts Summit, CultureNext, taking place May 12-14, 2017 at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, PEI! We invite you to join us via live stream to hear our incredible roster of speakers!

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Business for the Arts launches artsVest training program to arts organizations in PEI, investing $206K to province’s cultural economy

Business for the Arts, Canada’s only national charitable organization with a mandate to strengthen the arts and culture sectors across Canada by building partnerships between the private and cultural sectors, announced today that its artsVest program expands coast to coast, launching province-wide in PEI. With funding support from the Government of Prince Edward Island and the Government of Canada, $206,000 will be invested into the province over the next two years.

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Business for the Arts wraps up its artsVest program, contributing $180,000 in funding and raising an additional $450,000 from the private sector to invest into Metro Vancouver’s cultural economy

Business for the Arts – Canada’s only national charitable organization with a mandate to strengthen the arts and culture sectors across Canada by building partnerships between the private and cultural sectors – has wrapped up its artsVest program in Metro Vancouver. With funding support from the Government of British Columbia and the Government of Canada, $180,000 in matching funds raised over $450,000 from the private sector, for a total impact of $630,000 towards the arts – meaning every $1.00 invested saw a return of $2.50; more than doubling the impact of the artsVest program in Metro Vancouver’s arts community.

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artsVest™ brings year-long training to arts organizations and matching funds to five new B.C. regions

Business for the Arts, Canada’s only national charitable organization that strengthens arts and culture in Canada by building partnerships between the private and cultural sectors, announced today that its artsVest program will launch in five new regions in British Columbia. With funding support from the Government of British Columbia and the Government of Canada, the program will reach communities in Northwest B.C., the Sunshine Coast, the South-Central Okanagan, Columbia-Shuswap, and Alberni-Clayoquot.

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BftA Looking for a Development Manager to Join our Team!

Business for the Arts is looking for a Development Manager to join our team in an exciting time of growth and development to take the organization’s fundraising efforts to the next level. This individual will work closely with the CEO and the rest of the team to develop and deliver comprehensive and coherent fundraising strategies and plans for Business for the Arts, develop national fundraising campaigns to bolster our programs and initiatives, deepen the relationships with existing sponsors and donors, help steward our current members and cultivate new member supporters from the private sector.

Please email your cover letter and resume to Aida Aydinyan, Vice President at careers@businessforthearts.org no later than March 3, 2017 at 5:00PM EST

For more information and full job description please click here.

BftA is Hiring a Bilingual artsVest Program Manager for New Brunswick and PEI

Business for the Arts is looking for a bilingual artsVest Program Manager for New Brunswick and PEI to help deliver the program in both provinces. We are looking for a highly professional and detail-oriented individual who has a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the cultural sector and who is able to work independently and organize and manage multiple projects and deadlines. The successful candidate will be the face of Business for the Arts in New Brunswick and PEI and will possess exceptional public relations skills, be engaging and be comfortable with public speaking. The applicant can be based in any of the following provinces: NB, QB, PEI or NS.

Cover letter and resume in both English and French to are due no later than Monday, February 27, 2017 to Aida Aydinyan, Vice President at careers@businessforthearts.org.

For full job description please click here.

Nominations now open for the 2017 BftA Awards!

The 2016 BftA Awards Gala may have just wrapped up, but we are already on the hunt for our 2017 award winners! If you know an extraordinary individual or organization who has been a long standing supporter of the arts across Canada, we want to hear from you!

* 2016 Community Impact Award Winners Martin Blake, Vice President of The Daniels Corporation and Tim Jones, CEO of Artscape, as well as Community Impact Award Partner Vince Timpano, President, Americas Coalitions, AIMIA

* 2016 Community Impact Award Winners Martin Blake, Vice President of The Daniels Corporation and Tim Jones, CEO of Artscape, as well as Community Impact Award Partner Vince Timpano, President, Americas Coalitions, AIMIA

Nominations are now open for the following categories:

2017 Edmund C. Bovey Award

Recognizes a business leader who has demonstrated a lifetime of significant philanthropy and volunteerism in the arts in Canada. The winner receives $20,000 to direct from the Bovey Award fund to the arts organization(s) (non-foundation) of their choice.

2017 Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award   

Recognizes an arts leader for their life-long commitment to fostering the arts in Canada by building partnerships with fellow arts executives, artists, media, business leaders and the public sector to ensure a vibrant cultural sector. The winner receives a cash prize of $5,000 to be directed to the arts organization(s) (non-foundation) of their choice.

2017 Arnold Edinborough Award

Celebrates a young business professional under the age of 40 who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and volunteerism in the arts. The winner receives a cash prize of $5,000 to be directed to the arts organization(s) (non-foundation) of their choice.

2017 Corporate Champion of the Arts Award

Recognizes a business that has strengthened arts and culture in Canada through its long-standing support and commitment to the sector.

2017 Community Impact Award

Recognizes an arts and business partnership that has enhanced the quality of life and enriched the cultural scene in their community through innovative program(s), creative business partnerships and/or neighbourhood revitalization initiatives.

*Nominations are now closed. We will be announcing the winners in the coming months, stay tuned!