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artsVest Workshop and Info Session - Metro Vancouver

Business for the Arts

artsVest Workshop and Info Session - Metro Vancouver

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May 18 | 1pm-5pm | artsVest Info Session and Workshop for arts and culture organizations. Limit 2 people per organization.

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You’re invited to participate in artsVest in Metro Vancouver!

NOTE: Organizations that were approved for the 2016 program are not eligible to apply for the 2017 program.

What is artsVest?
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 provides local arts organizations with:

  • Free live sponsorship training workshop
  • Individualized mentorship sessions with Canada's top sponsorship and board governance 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

Matching incentive grants is available to selected participants who secure sponsorship from businesses throughout the artsVest program.

For more information on the program and to view past results, visit

Which organizations are eligible?
Below are key eligibility criteria for your organization. You can see the full list of eligibility criteria on our website.

  • Metro Vancouver organizations that were approved to participate in the 2016 program are not eligible to apply for the 2017 program.
  • Must be based within the boundaries of an eligible municipality in the Metro Vancouver region (see below)
  • Must be an incorporated, not-for-profit society, or registered charitable arts organization, and have a publicly accountable structure with an active Board of Directors. (If the organization is not incorporated or registered, they may apply under the umbrella of a local non-profit designated by Business for the Arts. For details, contact your Program Manager.)
  • Must have been in existence, with active programming, for a minimum of two years.
  • Must be an arts, heritage, or cultural heritage organization, with either a) arts as its primary mandate and core activity, or b) at least 50% of ongoing activities and organizational budget dedicated toward the arts.
  • Collaboration and partnerships between two or more arts organizations are eligible; one organization must be selected to represent the group as a whole.
  • Must be an organization with an operating budget of less than $1M for each of the last two fiscal years
  • To apply for the full artsVest program, you must attend this artsVest information session and workshop

Please contact Program Manager, Kenji Maeda with any eligibility questions at or 604-619-2610.

Which municipalities are eligible?

Organizations based in the municipalities of City of Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond,  Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey, Delta, Langley, White Rock, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Pitt Meadows, and Maple Ridge.

Learn more about artsVest and how to apply - join us for our Sponsorship Workshop and Information Session!

Thursday, May 18 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm 
The Post at 750
750 Hamilton Street, Suite 110
Vancouver, BC 

artsVest Information Session and Workshop

The afternoon will begin with an information session which will provide important insight on how to successfully apply to artsVest and will present information about program offerings and timelines. This will be followed by a sponsorship workshop which will provide valuable tools to help small and mid-sized cultural organizations secure long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with local businesses. It explores the basics of sponsorship, answering the following questions: 

  • What is the difference between a donation and sponsorship?
  • How can I identify prospects in my community to partner with?
  • How do I create an effective sponsorship proposal?
  • How do I close the deal? 

Questions may be directed to:

Kenji Maeda
artsVest BC Program Manager

Have questions about artsVest Workshop and Info Session - Metro Vancouver? Contact Business for the Arts

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