artsVest Calgary Workshops

artsVest Calgary Workshops

Business for the Arts is launching a new multi-city artsVest program in Alberta and you’re invited to participate.

A total of $219,500 in matching incentive grants is available to selected participants in Calgary and Edmonton 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 $439,000 into Alberta’s cultural economy over the period of one program year.

Calgary Workshops

artsVest Information Session

  • Dates: Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 1:00 – 2:00pm
  • Location: West Village Theatre (2007 10th Ave. SW)
    The information session will provide important insight into how to successfully apply to artsVest 2016/17, and will present information about program offerings and timelines.

Beginner/Intermediate Sponsorship Workshop

  • Dates: Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 2:00 – 5:00pm
  • Location: West Village Theatre (2007 10th Ave. SW)
    This 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.

Questions raised and answered:

  • 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?

Tea and coffee will be served.

Edmonton workshops also available.

To enrol or to find out more, visit

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.

Recommendations for Success and Eligibility Requirements:

  • The artsVest program is open to Calgary and Edmonton arts, culture and heritage organizations with an annual budget of under $1.5M.
  • We strongly recommend that at least 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.

Questions may be directed to

Please note that your attendance at the workshop and the Information Session is required if you intend to apply for artsVest 2016/17!

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

The artsVest program in Alberta is made possible with funding from the Government of Alberta, the Government of Canada and Calgary Arts Development. Municipal support from Edmonton Arts Council and Calgary Arts Development.

artsVest supporters

Share this page