Doing business in the arts

Business of the arts: building capacity

In order to function and grow, creative workers and arts organizations require financial stability and safe, functional facilities. Sustainable and modern cultural infrastructure is key to a thriving arts sector. Cultivating mutually beneficial partnerships with the private sector helps build capacity and reinforces the important role the arts play in a healthy economy.


ArtsBuild is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to address the cultural infrastructure challenge facing Ontario's charitable small and mid-sized performing and visual arts organizations.

Business for the Arts

This national association works to strengthen partnerships between the arts and business communities. Their ArtsVest program connects arts organizations across Canada with private-sector funders and volunteers through matching funds programs and sponsorship training.

Creative Trust

This Toronto organization works to ensure the health and sustainability of small and mid-size arts organizations. Their initial program, Working Capital for the Arts, helped arts organizations achieve financial stability. They are now working on facilities and infrastructure issues, and conducting research on audience development.

Ministry programs and grants

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport administers several funding and grant programs to eligible arts stakeholders, including: