Want to flourish philanthropic strategies within your organisation? The Conseil is here to help!

The Conseil has teamed up with various partners on the initiatives below, designed to guide arts organizations in expanding their knowledge and developing fundraising campaigns. These initiatives also foster a culture of philanthropy within the Montréal arts community.

Fiscal sponsorship

This component of the General Funding Program provides arts organizations with the opportunity to solicit donations from the community as a third party fundraiser for the Conseil. The organizations’ fundraising activities increase the Conseil’s ability to financially support the arts.

Lunch & Learn: Philanthropy

This support offer will be on hiatus in autumn 2023.

Lunch & Learn: Philanthropy sessions are roundtable discussions, talks and workshops to help managers, directors, volunteers and cultural workers learn about different types of fundraising campaigns and tools to attract and mobilize donors and volunteers.

Parcours: two programs

Cultural philanthropy internships

This program allows an arts management or philanthropic management student to work in a cultural organization for a six-month internship. The goal is to provide an initial cultural philanthropy work experience and foster professional development. The student will be supervised by their university and the internship will be included in their university program. This program is financially supported by the Caisse Desjardins de la Culture and benefits from pedagogical support from HEC Montréal and Université de Montréal. To see the latest interns and internships, click here.

Professional field trip in philanthropy

This program is a pilot project designed to create a career path for a cohort of cultural workers who are permanent residents of Quebec, between 18 and 35 years old, and are responsible for fundraising activities within their organisation. The program aims to:

  • set up meetings with cultural institutions, philanthropy experts and philanthropy groups outside of Montréal
  • align with philanthropic practices outside Montréal
  • help develop the professional network of philanthropy interns and cultural workers in Quebec
  • enable the professional Montréal philanthropy community to draw parallels with another Canadian arts and culture philanthropic ecosystem, taking into account the socio-historical context and policies supporting the arts

Communities of practices

Co-development groups

In partnership with the Conseil, the Conversations philanthropiques en culture co-development groups enable you to learn how to help and be helped in problem-solving. Each participant takes it in turns to talk about a problem they’ve experienced, and receives sound advice from a group of peers in a climate of trust, respect and mutual support.

Regroupement un acte en Théâtre

This alliance of 19 theatres in Montréal and Quebec City comes together to collectively reflect on individual gifts to cultivate and promote this type of philanthropy among its audiences. With support from the Conseil, the group meets monthly for workshops, training, and discussions on best practices and collaborative work related to various philanthropy issues and more specifically, how to grow individual donations.


Jazz Creation Grant

The Conseil is offering two grants of $5,000 through a private gift (one for an emerging musician) to create, produce or present a jazz work. This grant provides support for artists, artists’ collectives or non-profit organizations.

Mécènes investi·e·s pour les arts grants

The Mécènes investi·e·s pour les arts is a group of professionals committed to artistic cultural development. Each patron contributes $500 in private gifts every year to create these grants, for a minimum total amount of $15,000 supporting Montréal’s next generation of artists.

Additional funding with La Ruche

As part of its partnership with La Ruche, the Conseil supports Montréal-based cultural organizations that choose to crowdfund their projects. Once a crowdfunding campaign has been approved and raises its first $1,000, the Conseil will transfer an additional $500 to the campaign promoter, conditional on achievement of the campaign’s overall objective. Participants also benefit from La Ruche’s expert advice and other services.

Mécènes investi·e·s pour les arts grants

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Andrea Peña & Artists, Chambre noire, compagnie de création & DC – Art Indisciplinaire
Hamie Robitaille for the BEATS project, Troupe Imagicario for the Les triplets de Nullpa project and Claire Renaud for the Sportriarcat project
Marzia Pellissier, Danielle Fagen, La Fratrie, Théâtre Déchaînés and Baharan Baniahmadi
Roxane Halary for the project "Sounds synthetic hello hi", Audrey Bergeron for the project "Verso" and Mireille Camier for the project "Bluff".
Sofia Blondin


Nos publications 23
États des lieux sur la philanthropie culturelle 2022

In French only

This report was written by Jules Bonnet with the advice of André Courchesne, associate professor at HEC Montréal. This report was produced as part of the symposium on cultural philanthropy held on December 2, 2022, organized by Culture Montréal, in collaboration with the Orchestre Métropolitain and the Carmelle and Rémi-Marcoux Chair of Arts at HEC Montréal, with the support of the Conseil.

Nos publications 12
Rethinking Cultural Philanthropy in Montreal: Relationships and Community

Acting as a voice for the arts sector, this study proposes rethinking current practices in terms of local or proximity-based philanthropic culture. The report was published on September 29, 2020 by the Conseil des arts de Montréal in partnership with HEC Montréal.

Nos publications 13
Les arts au cœur des citoyens (in French only)

What kind of relationship do Montrealers have with the arts? What are their habits, their perceptions and their opinions about the artistic activities available to them? To answer these questions, the Conseil des arts de Montréal joined forces with Léger. The results of their survey of 501 Montreal Island residents were published on March 15, 2019.

Programmes et services en philanthropie culturelle 7
Étude sur les tendances en philanthropie au Québec (in French only)