You’re invited to participate in artsVest in Kelowna!
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
- A resource bank of sponsorship tools and templates
A total of $50,000 in matching incentive grants is available to selected participants in the City of Kelowna, 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 $100,000 into Kelowna's cultural economy over the period of one program year.
For more information on the program and to view past results, visit www.artsvest.com.
Which municipalities are eligible?
Organizations within the City of Kelowna are eligible.
Note: If your organization is based in other areas of South and Central Okanagan, review the information session taking place in Penticton for other municipalities participating in the area
Learn more about artsVest and how to apply - join us for our Sponsorship Workshop and Information Session!
Thursday, March 2
Beginner/Intermediate Workshop + Information Session
Advanced Session for Experienced Sponsorship Practitioners + Information Session
Coast Capri Hotel, 1171 Harvey Ave, Kelowna, BC
Beginner/Intermediate Sponsorship Workshop
The workshop provides 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?
If you are new to artsVest, you must enroll in the Beginner / Intermediate Sponsorship Workshop, and you will not be eligible to register for the Advanced Workshop. If you are a returning organization and prefer to participate in the Beginner Workshop instead of the Advanced, you are welcome to do so.
Advanced Session for Experienced Sponsorship Pracitioners
This advanced session includes peer-based discussion into the five stages of the sponsorship cycle. Upon registration, you'll be asked to submit questions which will be discussed as a group and faciliated by your Program Manager. Sample questions include:
- How do I move up a level to larger financial partnerships?
- How do I refine my approach and pitch?
- When I have multiple sponsors on the go, how do I steward them effectively?
Advanced sessions will be offered only to returning participants from the 2016 program, with a strong record of sponsorship knowledge.
artsVest Information Session
This information session is mandatory for all organizations, whether you are new or returning to artsVest. We have made significant program changes that will be announced during this time.
The information session will provide important insight about how to successfully apply to the 2017 artsVest program, and will present information about program offerings and timelines.
Recommendations for Success and Eligibility Requirements
- The artsVest program for is open to arts, culture and heritage organizations, within eligible municipalities, with an annual operating budget of under $1.5 million. Full eligibility and program guidelines will be available soon. Please contact Program Manager, Kenji Maeda with any questions at email@example.com or 604-619-2610.
- We strongly recommend that two team members attend the artsVest workshop on behalf of your organization. Program trends indicate that having more than one team member attend will improve your success in your application and eventual fundraising efforts. Note that only staff, board members and volunteers are eligible to attend on behalf of the organization. Temporary staff and interns are not eligible.
- The individuals attending the workshop must be the ones spearheading the artsVest program for your organization.
The artsVest program in Kelowna is made possible with funding from the Government of British Columbia, the Government of Canada, and the City of Kelowna.
Questions may be directed to:
artsVest BC Program Manager