About artsVest™ B.C.

artsVest will continue in Metro Vancouver in 2017! For more information, click here.

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 launched in five new communities in early 2017. Those communities are: Salmon Arm, Revelstoke, Kelowna, Penticton, Peachland, Summerland, Keremeos, Oliver, Osoyoos, Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Tofino, Sunshine Coast Regional District, Terrace, Smithers, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Metro Vancouver.

To read the full press release please click here.

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
  • resource bank of sponsorship tools and templates

A total of $230,000 in matching incentive grants is available to selected participants in B.C. 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 $360,000 into BC’s cultural economy over the period of one program year.

This year’s program launched in selected communities with over 100 arts managers across the province in attendance. Workshop attendees were invited to apply for the artsVest program in April and local juries approved 72 arts organizations. To view the list of the artsVest B.C. 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.

To see the results of the program to date, click here.

artsVest™ British Columbia is a sponsorship training and matching incentive program of Business for the Arts and is delivered with funding support from the Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia and the City of Kelowna.

For more information, please contact:

Kenji Maeda
Program Manager, artsVest B.C.
(604) 619-2610

artsVest BC Sponsors