About artsVest™ Alberta

artsVest Returns to Alberta province-wide for 2017-18!

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 for a second year in Calgary and Edmonton and launch province-wide for 2017-18. Workshops will be held in:


EDMONTON – October 11

FORT MCMURRAY – October 12

RED DEER – October 17

CALGARY – October 18

LETHBRIDGE – October 19

MEDICINE HAT – October 20

ONLINE WORKSHOP (For organizations outside the above communities) – October 23

Click here to register for a workshop in your community!

The program provides local arts 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

Over $300,000 in matching incentive grants is available to selected participants province-wise who secure sponsorship from businesses throughout the 10-month program. Combined with those sponsorship dollars, this will translate to an investment impact of at least $600,000 into Alberta’s cultural economy over the period of one program year.

The first year of the program launched in Calgary and Edmonton in 2016 and over 35 arts organizations successfully completed training and many formed partnerships with local businesses. Results for 2016-17 will be available in late fall of 2017.  To view the list of the artsVest Alberta organizations for 2017, click here. To be kept informed about the next artsVest program cycle, please sign up to the Business for the Arts newsletter here.

The artsVest program in Alberta is made possible with funding from the Government of Alberta, the Government of Canada and Calgary Arts Development. Municipal support from Edmonton Arts Council and Calgary Arts Development.

Queries may be directed to:

Allison Moore
Program Manager, artsVest Alberta
(403) 852-8461