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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!

CAS 2017 – Call for Participation

ATTENTION!
Next Gen Arts and Culture Leaders 

The Canadian Arts Summit Invites Expressions of Interest to Attend the 20th Annual Summit
May 12 – 14, 2017  |  Charlottetown, PEI

Join the leadership of Canada’s largest arts institutions for a stimulating weekend of networking, professional development and ideas exchange at the 20th Annual Canadian Arts Summit, CultureNEXT, May 12-14, 2017 at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, PEI | www.canadianartssummit.com

From May 12-14, 2017, on the occasion of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the 20th annual Canadian Arts Summit CultureNEXT will bring together 150 extraordinary arts leaders from across the country to imagine the future of Canada’s creative life. As Canada looks forward to the next 50 years, issues around cultural diversity and inclusion, evolving digital technologies, cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary intersections, and reconciliation with our Indigenous people are emerging as major drivers of cultural transformation.CultureNEXT will be a space for inspiration, dialogue and exchange, as well as an opportunity for Canada’s most influential creative leaders to commit to collective action. How will Canada’s prominent cultural institutions create inclusive creative experiences reflective of Canada’s contemporary identity? How can we engage in an authentic process of reconciliation with our Indigenous people? How can we work more effectively at the intersections of cultural expression and forms of practice through creative collaborations? How will we successfully transform our engagement with Canadians through digital innovation?

CultureNEXT will invite a diverse, multi-generational complement of delegates, speakers and special guests, including the artistic directors, executive directors and volunteer board chairs of Canada’s 70+ largest arts institutions. Organized by Business for the Arts, in partnership with the Banff Centre and the Confederation Centre as our 2017 host, the Canadian Arts Summit is the only national, cross-disciplinary gathering of arts leaders in the country.

If you’re inspired to contribute to this conversation alongside Canada’s top institutional leaders, we encourage you to tell us why. Through a simple online application process a small group of extraordinary individuals will be selected to attend the upcoming Summit in person as an invited guest! Invited Summit guests will have the opportunity to participate in plenary sessions, share perspectives during round table discussions and exchange ideas on current issues with Summit members, as well as enjoy networking opportunities with important leaders in the arts, culture and business sectors. Attendees will be chosen through a formal selection process led by members of the CAS Steering Committee.

The Canadian Arts Summit (“CAS”) is a unique national leadership forum, coordinated through a partnership between The Banff Centre and Business for the Arts. It brings together the chief executives, artistic directors, and board chairs of Canada’s largest not-for-profit cultural institutions: symphony orchestras, theatres, opera and ballet companies, as well as heritage and art museums.

The first Summit in 1998 was predicated upon the belief that these influential leaders — volunteers, artists, and managers — could, by working together, better support Canadian artistic aspirations. Each Summit since then has been shaped by its participants and has evolved over its first 17 years to become not just a weekend event in the spring, but an ongoing network of arts leaders working together, throughout the year.

Interested participants who wish to attend the Arts Summit should submit a brief letter of interest outlining the following:

  • Your professional background
  • A description of how your participation would enrich the CAS discussions around leadership
  • A description of how you would benefit from this experience as a current or emerging leader

Deadline: Monday, January 16th, 2017
Invitations to selected individuals will be made no later than Monday February 13th, 2017

Please address your letter of interest to:
Robert Foster, Chair
20th Annual Canadian Arts Summit

For more information and for past program details, please visit us at www.canadianartssummit.com – 2017 program details will be announced in early February.

Please note the Steering Committee may not be able to accommodate all interested individuals. In making their selections, the Committee strives to achieve the optimal balance of representation and participation from both members and guests. They will aim to invite a diverse group, taking into account artistic, geographic and experiential backgrounds/perspectives, particularly as it relates to the 2017 programmatic theme and content.

Financial Assistance

Invited guests may be provided with a financial subsidy to underwrite some of the costs associated with attendance, based on financial need and limited available funds. Should financial support be required to participate in the Summit, please submit the Financial Assistance Request Form below with your letter of interest:

APPLY HERE!


Avis à la nouvelle génération de responsables artistiques et culturels : Le Sommet canadien des arts vous invite à manifester votre intérêt pour participer au 20e Sommet annuel du 12 au 14 mai 2017 à Charlottetown, Ile du Prince Édouard.

Rejoignez les dirigeants des plus grandes institutions du Canada lors d’un weekend passionnant de rencontres, de développements professionnels et d’échanges d’idées à l’occasion du 20e Sommet canadien annuel des arts intitulé « CultureNEXT, » du 12 au 14 mai 2017, au Centre des arts de la Confédération à Charlottetown, Ile du Prince Édouard | www.canadianartssummit.com


 

Du 12 au 14 mai 2017, à l’occasion du 150e anniversaire du Canada, le 20e Sommet canadien des arts CultureNEXT réunira 150 responsables artistiques extraordinaires venus de tout le pays pour imaginer le futur du monde créatif canadien. Alors que le Canada se tourne vers les cinquante prochaines années, les problèmes liés à la diversité et à l’intégration culturelle impliquant les technologies numériques, les croisements interculturels et interdisciplinaires et la réconciliation avec les peuples autochtones sont considérés comme des facteurs importants de la transformation culturelle.

CultureNEXT sera un espace d’inspiration, de dialogue et d’échange qui proposera aux leaders créatifs les plus influents du Canada de s’engager collectivement. Comment les institutions culturelles renommées du Canada vont-elles intégrer la créativité artistique contemporaine pour mieux représenter l’identité de notre pays ? Comment pouvons-nous engager un véritable processus de réconciliation avec nos peuples autochtones ? Comment pouvons-nous travailler plus efficacement aux intersections de l’expression culturelle et des formes de pratique en promouvant les participations créatives ? Comment allons-nous réussir à transformer notre engagement avec les Canadiens grâce à l’innovation numérique ?

CultureNEXT réunira un panel divers et multigénérationnel de participants, de conférenciers et d’invités d’honneurs qui travaillent, entre autres, comme directeurs artistiques, directeurs généraux, ou présidents de conseil d’administration au sein des 70 plus grandes institutions du Canada. Organisé par Les affaires pour les arts, conjointement avec le Centre Banff et notre hôte pour l’année 2017 le Centre des arts de la Confédération, le Sommet canadien des arts est le seul évènement national interdisciplinaire qui réunit les responsables artistiques de notre pays.

Si vous souhaitez rejoindre la conversation et dialoguer avec les dirigeants des plus grandes institutions canadiennes, nous vous encourageons à partager vos motivations. Grâce à une procédure de candidature simple, un groupe restreint d’individus exceptionnels sera sélectionné pour participer au prochain Sommet en tant qu’invité(e) d’honneur ! Ces invités auront la possibilité de participer aux sessions plénières, de présenter leurs idées lors des tables rondes et de débattre des sujets d’actualité avec les membres du Sommet. Ils pourront aussi rencontrer les principaux leaders du secteur des arts, de la culture et des entreprises. Ces participants seront choisis grâce à une procédure de sélection menée par le comité du directeur du Sommet canadien des arts.

Le Sommet canadien des arts est un forum national de leadership coordonné par le Centre Banff et l’association Les affaires pour les arts. Il réunit les dirigeants, directeurs artistiques et présidents des conseils d’administration des principales institutions culturelles canadiennes à but non-lucratif : orchestres symphoniques, théâtres, maisons d’opéra, compagnies de ballet, musées d’art et sites patrimoniaux.

Le premier Sommet organisé en 1998 a été fondé sur la certitude que ces chefs de file influents — bénévoles, artistes et gestionnaires — peuvent, en travaillant ensemble, réunir les forces requises pour soutenir les aspirations artistiques de leurs concitoyens. Depuis son lancement il y a 18 ans, chaque Sommet a été façonné par ses participants et est devenu non seulement un weekend de rencontres qui se tient au printemps, mais encore un réseau dynamique de leaders qui collaborent toute l’année au sein d’un comité directeur.

Si vous souhaitez participer au Sommet, vous devez nous envoyer une brève lettre d’intérêt de deux pages en suivant les recommandations suivantes :

  • Présentez votre expérience professionnelle.
  • Expliquez la façon dont votre participation va enrichir les débats qui se tiendront lors du Sommet.
  • Expliquez la façon dont votre participation au Sommet canadien des arts influencera votre leadership actuelle ou future.
Date limite: le lundi 16 janvier 2017.
Les individus sélectionnés seront informés avant le lundi 13 février 2017.Veuillez addresser votre candidature à :
Robert Foster, Président
20e Sommet canadien annuel des arts

Pour plus d’informations et pour consulter les anciens programmes détaillés, visitez notre site web www.canadianartssummit.com. Le programme détaillé du Sommet de cette année sera disponible au début du mois de février.

Veuillez noter que le comité directeur du Sommet ne pourra pas répondre aux besoins de toutes les personnes intéressées. Lors du processus de sélection, le comité s’efforcera d’atteindre le meilleur équilibre de représentation et de participation entre les membres et les invités. Il invitera un groupe divers, en prenant en compte des profils artistiques, géographiques et expérimentaux des personnes intéressées et qui ont plus particulièrement trait au thème et au contenu du programme 2017.

Aide financière
Les invités peuvent bénéficier d’une aide financière qui prendra en charge certains des coûts associés à leur participation, selon leurs besoins et les fonds disponibles. Si une aide financière est nécessaire pour que vous puissiez participer au Sommet, remplissez le formulaire ci-dessous avec votre lettre d’intérêt:

APPLIQUER ICI!

Join BftA for The Arnold Party!

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2016  |  10:00PM
CANADA’S NATIONAL BALLET SCHOOL 
400 JARVIS ST.  |  6TH FL  |
 TORONTO

Join Business for the Arts for The Arnold Party – a regal throwback to the 60s in NYC with an evening transporting you to Truman Capote’s Grandest Affair: The Black and White Ball.

We promise an unforgettable evening of drinks, dancing and entertainment in celebration of young professional volunteers in the arts and our Arnold Edinborough Award recipient, Irfhan Rawji.

Dress: Gentlemen – Black Tie  |  Ladies – Black or White Dress

Masks will be provided. Tickets: $125.

GET YOUR TICKETS AT

www.thearnoldparty.com

Generously donated by Christine Armstrong and Irfhan Rawji 

You’re invited to participate in artsVest Toronto!

artsVest is Business for the Arts’ national flagship program that works directly with small to mid-sized arts organizations, equipping them with in-depth training, tools and mentorship relationships. These components are thoughtfully created to build sustainable partnerships between arts and businesses and to spark sponsorship opportunities. As an added incentive, artsVest participants can apply for matching grants – for every one dollar raised in sponsorship, Business for the Arts will match it with another dollar – doubling their sponsorship opportunity. The program will continue in Toronto for its fourth year from 2016-2017, providing local arts cultural organizations with:

  • Free live sponsorship training workshop
  • Individualized mentorship sessions with Canada’s top sponsorship experts
  • Peer-to-Peer training Workshops
  • Webinars, marketing and branding tutorials
  • Access to our 6-module e-Learning sponsorship course
  • A resource bank of sponsorship tools and templates

A total of $330,000 in matching incentive grants is available to selected participants who secure sponsorship from businesses throughout the 10-month program. Combined with sponsorships from local businesses, this will translate to an investment impact of at least$660,000 into Toronto’s cultural economy over the period of one program year.


Learn more about artsVest Toronto and how to apply – join us for our Sponsorship Workshops and Information Sessions. Register here

BftA Now Accepting Applications from Ontario Communities for artsVest Program!

Now in its twelfth year in Ontario, artsVest is Business for the Arts’ national flagship program that works directly with small to mid-sized arts organizations, equipping them with in-depth training, tools and mentorship relationships. These components are thoughtfully created to build sustainable partnerships between arts and businesses and to spark sponsorship opportunities. As an added incentive, artsVest participants can apply for matching grants – for every one dollar raised in sponsorship, Business for the Arts will match it with another dollar – doubling their sponsorship opportunity.

To apply for artsVest Ontario 2016-17, please read the Program Overview carefully and then complete the Application Form, both available here. Between 3-5 Ontario communities will be selected to participate for 2016-17. Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Monday, October 31st, 2016 via the online application.

For more information on how to apply please visit the artsVest website.

BftA is Hiring an artsVest Toronto Program Manager

Do you enjoy connecting with a diverse group of arts organizations and cultivating relationships?

Business for the Arts is looking for an artsVest Toronto Program Manager to help deliver the program across the city. We are looking for a highly professional and detail-oriented individual who has a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the cultural sector in Toronto.

To learn more about the position, please click here.

Application deadline: Monday, October 17, 2016. Please send your resume and cover letter to Aida Aydinyan, Vice President at careers@businessforthearts.org

You’re invited to participate in artsVest Nova Scotia!

artsVest is Business for the Arts’ national flagship program that works directly with small to mid-sized arts organizations, equipping them with in-depth training, tools and mentorship relationships. These components are thoughtfully created to build sustainable partnerships between arts and businesses and to spark sponsorship opportunities. As an added incentive, artsVest participants can apply for matching grants – for every one dollar raised in sponsorship, Business for the Arts will match it with another dollar – doubling their sponsorship opportunity. The program will continue in Nova Scotia for its fourth year from 2016-2017, providing local arts cultural organizations with:

  • Free live sponsorship training workshop
  • Individualized mentorship sessions with Canada’s top sponsorship experts
  • Peer-to-Peer training Workshops
  • Webinars, marketing and branding tutorials
  • Access to our 6-module e-Learning sponsorship course
  • A resource bank of sponsorship tools and templates

A total of $100,000 in matching incentive grants is available to selected participants who secure sponsorship from businesses throughout the 10-month program. Combined with sponsorships from local businesses, this will translate to an investment impact of at least$200,000 into Nova Scotia’s cultural economy over the period of one program year.


Learn more about artsVest Nova Scotia and how to apply – join us for our Sponsorship Workshops and Information Sessions!

ANNAPOLIS ROYAL

Begginner/Intermediate Workshop + Information Session

Tuesday, October 25th | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Annapolis Region Community Arts Council

396 St George St, Annapolis Royal, NS

HALIFAX

Wednesday, October 26th | Beginner/Intermediate Workshop + Information Session

9:30am-1:30pm

Advanced Session for Experienced Sponsorship Practitioners + Information Session

12:30pm-3:30pm

Nova Scotia Archives

6016 University Ave, Halifax, NS

ANTIGONISH

Beginner/Intermediate Workshop + Information Session

Thursday, October 27th | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Claymore Inn and Suites

137 Church St, Antigonish, NS

SYDNEY

Beginner/Intermediate Workshop + Information Session

Friday, October 28th | 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

New Dawn Center for Social Innovation

37 Nepean St., Sydney, NS

 

Please note that your attendance at either the Beginner / Intermediate or Advanced Sponsorship Workshop and the Information Session is required if you intend to apply for artsVest 2016-17!

For more information please visit our event page.