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

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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 sectoral need to develop local leaders for transition and the actual ability of the sector overall to address this need.

It is not a secret that in general, we allocate a small percentage of resources to leadership development or infrastructure support and instead focus the bulk of our resources on programs and services. For this exact reason, we shouldn’t be surprised at the idiosyncratic nature of how cultural leaders frequently come to take on leadership roles in our organizations.

The private sector views leadership as a source of competitive advantage, an asset, and is investing in its development accordingly. Whereas in our sector, it is not actively cultivated and mostly happens by accident, luck and/or personal persistence.

I consider it a privilege and a big responsibility to be part of the first year of the program. Our cohort is comprised of 18 cultural leaders who either currently have formal leadership roles or are being prepared to occupy such positions. To my delight, the overwhelming majority of the participants were women. Why is this important? Although women lead the majority of nonprofits, they more often head smaller organizations both in terms of staff and budget or are positioned in mid-management roles at large cultural institutions.

My seventeen brilliant and diverse colleagues came from Whitehorse, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Banff, Lethbridge, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Hamilton, Fredericton and one international participant from Dundee, Scotland. The program was delivered with the help of local and international facilitators, who both inspired and challenged us for five days.

The first session that I attended in November focused on “leadership of self” – looking inward to articulate your personal leadership philosophy or belief system, then situating one’s self in interactions with others.

What is particularly notable about this program is that the logical sequence of the modules is designed like a “Russian Doll” – contextualizing leadership in the context of self, then in the context of the organization, communities, networks, systems, sector, etc.

The proposition here is that you must have a capacity to lead yourself before you can lead others, lead organizations, and lead externally in networks and communities.

As part of our coursework, we were instructed to write our personal leadership commitments. These are mine:

  • I promise to continue leading horizontally and laterally rather than vertically and hieratically, today and every day;
  • I promise to build on my strengths and strive to complement my weaknesses with strengths of others, today and every day;
  • I promise to continue having people at the core of what I do, today and every day;
  • I promise to continue supporting, awakening, nurturing and cherishing my colleagues’ leadership potential and building leaderful organizations, today and every day;
  • I promise to continue my journey in life as a mission, not as a career, today and always.

 

Business for the Arts (BFTA) stimulates a $2.4 million investment into Toronto’s arts sector

 

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Business for the Arts (BFTA) stimulates a $2.4 million investment into Toronto’s arts sector

 

BFTA’s national flagship program artsVest wraps up its two-year cycle in Toronto. Its unique funding model leverages federal and local government funding to trigger direct, private sector contributions to small arts and cultural organizations across the City of Toronto.

 

(Toronto, ON – November 23, 2017) artsVest – with funding support from the Government of Canada and the Toronto Arts Council – invested $660,000 in matching funds and sponsorship training to 179 arts organizations across the City of Toronto. This amount was used to raise a further $1.74M investment from the private sector using artsVest’s one-of-a-kind leveraging model, where small arts organizations are trained to secure corporate sponsorships on their own before they have access to the matching funds. The initial $660,000 investment inspired a further $1.74 million dollar investment from the private sector, raising a total of $2.64 million between 2015 – 2017. This leveraging model resulted in the government’s initial contribution to the sector is more than doubled.

 

The financial investment in the arts sector represents a fraction of artsVest’s larger impact – the program also builds the capacity of arts administrators and organizations through a robust training and mentorship curriculum. Over the two years, the program delivered 293 hours of live hands-on support to groups with little experience or training in sponsorship. A team of over 40 volunteer mentors from across Canada, including David Abel (Art of Time Ensemble) and Clayton Windatt (Aboriginal Curatorial Collective), provided arts administrators with much needed individualized support as they sought to grow their sponsorship programs. 179 arts organizations participated in the program; 131 organizations created over 267 partnerships with the private sector between 2015-2017. Organizations such as VIBE Arts, Imaginative, Roseneath Theatre, and Artbound, among numerous others, have cited the benefits of the powerful funding and training combo that artsVest provides.

 

“As a young organization new to developing and stewarding relationships with business groups, ArtsVest has been an invaluable resource in developing the capacity of our growing team,” says Alexis Kane Speer, Executive Director of The STEPS Initiative. “Drawing on the expertise of ArtsVest mentors and staff, we are proud to have established STEPS’ first multi-year sponsorship.

 

“Toronto Arts Council is pleased to partner with Business for the Arts on artsVest. By empowering small to mid-sized arts organizations and offering them additional tools and skills to build sustainable partnerships with businesses, artsVest is strengthening the sector as a whole. We love programs that offer this kind of impact.” – Claire Hopkinson, Director and CEO, Toronto Arts Council.

 

“Approaching businesses for sponsorship is no easy task, and we are incredibly proud of our Toronto participants for applying the artsVest training and empowering themselves to go out and secure their own sponsorships,” says Aida Aydinyan, Vice President of Business for the Arts.

 

About artsVest

artsVest also operates in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. 1,181 participating artsVest organizations have formed 3,883 partnerships with businesses. These partnerships have generated $16.8M in new private sector investment from $6.6M in matching funds to date and has resulted in an influx of $23.4M to the cultural sector. To read more about the artsVest program, please visit artsvest.com

 

 

For more information, please contact:
Claire Hefferon Payne

National Program Director, artsVest

416 869 3016 x 225

claire@businessforthearts.org

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Business for the Arts is looking for a Director of Operations!

Director of Operations

Application Deadline: January 3rd, 2018
Start Date: Jan 08, 2018

Salary: Compensation commensurate with experience and qualifications
Province: Ontario
City: Toronto
Term: Full-time
Career Level: Middle management

Organization Description

Business for the Arts

Business for the Arts is Canada’s national association of business leaders who support the arts. Our mission is to strengthen arts and culture in Canada by building partnerships between the private and cultural sectors. We help arts organizations connect with funders and volunteers in the private sector, communicate the value of investing in the arts through our research, publications and advocacy work and recognize great business leaders in the arts through our awards program and media partnerships. For more information, visit www.businessforthearts.org.

Job Description

Business for the Arts is looking for an Operations Manager who is highly professional, organized, and detail-oriented.  The ideal candidate will have strong experience in the financial and administrative management of a non-profit, particularly with budgeting, grant reporting and accounting, human resource management and general office administration.

Who we are

Business for the Arts is Canada’s national association of business leaders who support the arts. Our mission is to strengthen arts and culture in Canada by building partnerships between our business and arts communities.  We help arts organizations connect with funders and volunteers in the private sector, communicate the value of investing in the arts through our research, publications and advocacy work and recognize great business leaders in the arts through our awards program and media partnerships.

Key Responsibilities

Financial Administration

  • Oversee both short and long-term financial strategy and planning in collaboration with the CEO and artsVest Consultant
  • Develop and manage organizational and individual program budgets and forecasts
  • Oversee bookkeeper in processing accounts receivable, payable and payroll using Quickbooks
  • Manage the filing and reporting processes for all grants under the supervision of the artsVest Consultant and artsVest National Program Director
  • Monitor cash flow and create cash flow reports under the supervision of the artsVest Consultant
  • Report to the Treasurer and the Finance and Audit Committee on all financial matters
  • Oversee annual audit

Operations Management

  • Oversee administrative systems that enhance organizational effectiveness
  • Streamline office workflow and allocation of duties
  • Organize team meetings and agendas
  • Oversee office scheduling and calendar management
  • Oversee insurance needs and policies
  • Upkeep all databases and online management systems
  • Oversee general office and vendor management, including IT, supplies and facility upkeep

Human Resources

  • Manage human resource procedures, ensuring best practices
  • Oversee recruiting, hiring and training processes
  • Create and manage contracts
  • Deal with any personnel, volunteer or contractor issues

 

Requirements:

  • Minimum five years of financial management and administrative experience in the nonprofit sector, preferably in the arts
  • Experience with developing and managing budgets, forecasts and cash flow reports
  • Experience with filing and financial reporting for grants and agreements
  • Knowledge of and experience with the audit process
  • Experience with human resources management, recruitment, training and contract management
  • Comfort with managing people and systems remotely
  • Familiarity with Quickbooks is a plus
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills
  • Negotiating and diplomatic skills
  • Detail oriented, self-starter and problem solver
  • Ability to work as a team member in open-concept, collaborative and busy environment
  • French/English oral and written ability is an asset

 

Additional Info:

Reporting
The position reports directly to the CEO.

How to Apply:

Please forward your cover letter and resume to Aida Aydinyan at careers@businessforthearts.org

Contact Info:

Name: Aida Aydinyan
Email: careers@businessforthearts.org
Website: www.businessforthearts.org

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.

We are no longer accepting applications for this position. Thank you for your interest in Business for the Arts!

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.

We are no longer accepting applications for this position. Thank you for your interest in Business for the Arts!

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

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

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