The arts and business communities have everything to gain from meeting and getting to know each other better.
The initiatives of the Conseil and its arts-business partners are designed to do just this: to prepare the ground for productive and mutually enriching collaborations. This involves the two-fold task of promoting art within the business community, and making artists aware of the realities and expectations of the business world.
The networking and exchange strategy assumes various forms:
The Table d’action arts-affaires piloted by the Conseil brings together a variety of organizations that share a central goal: to connect the arts and business community, and to promote the many different ways the business community can get involved in the arts. To this end, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal published the guide The Art of Investing in Culture.
The Arrimages program, created in tandem with the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal, introduces young professionals and entrepreneurs to the world of art and patronage. The Conseil also offers guidance and business tips to young arts companies that would like to link up with business people. In addition, in alliance with Bénévoles d’affaires, it offers the arts community developmental resources and expertise.
The Fiscal Sponsorship program, part of the general grant program, is also an effective tool for the arts community, enabling organizations to solicit donations from foundations, businesses and individuals, and to issue tax receipts. in 2011, the program allowed 21 companies to receive donations totalling $143,749.
Finally, the Conseil des arts decided in 2011 to devote more time and energy to private fundraising, with a view to financing specific projects and ensuring the long-term development of the Conseil. To this end, it hopes to set up an endowment fund to be managed by the Foundation of Greater Montreal.
For more information on our arts-business programs and services, please contact:
Project Manager, Arts-Business
Conseil des arts de Montréal