About 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 to operate in Toronto for 2017.

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
A total of $330,000 in matching incentive grants is available to selected participants in Toronto 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 $660,000 into Toronto’s cultural economy over the period of one program year.

This year’s program launched in October 2016 with over 160 arts managers across the City in attendance. Workshop attendees were invited to apply for the artsVest program in December and local juries approved 91 arts organizations early in 2017. To view the list of the artsVest Toronto 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 Toronto is made possible with funding from the Government of Canada and the Toronto Arts Council.

Queries may be directed to:
Scott Honsberger
Program Manager, artsVest Toronto
(416) 869-3016 x 227
To see the results of the program to date, click here.