What is artsvest?

artsvest is Business / Arts signature mentorship training program designed to build capacity in Canada’s cultural sector.  artsvest provides small to mid-sized arts, culture and heritage organizations with resources, expertise and training in marketing, board governance and sponsorship along with matching incentive funds and peer-to-peer networking.

Launched in 2005, artsvest has operated in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Montréal. To date, 5,966 representatives from 2,576 organizations have participated in artsvest and formed 5,864 partnerships with businesses, raising over $26.8M in new private sector investment. Combined with matching funds, the overall impact is $37.2M to Canada’s cultural sector.

What are the benefits of participating in artsvest?

As an artsvest participant, you’ll receive training from expert coaches and mentors who will provide you with the tools and resources you need on topics including marketing, governance and sponsorship.

You’ll learn how to forge successful, long-term partnerships with the private sector, and artsvest will provide matching incentive funds for new sponsorships secured by participating organizations in an effort to spark local business support of arts.


Thank you for your interest in the artsvest program. The program intake is currently closed. Congratulations to all of the artsvest organizations who have established successful business partnerships and have benefited from the mentorship and training offered through the artsvest program!

We invite you to sign up for our mailing list for updates on future artsvest programming as well as other resources, learning and networking opportunities offered through the Business / Arts Speakers Series and other programs. If you have any further questions please contact artsvest@businessforthearts.org.