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, 4,780 representatives from 2,200 organizations have participated in artsvest and formed 5,150 partnerships with businesses, raising over $23M in new private sector investment. Combined with matching funds, the overall impact is $32.2M 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.

The commitment to the artsvest program is approximately one year.


Candace Elder
National Program Director, artsvest
416.869.3016 x225

Jessica Vellenga
Associate National Program Director, artsvest