Six Organizations Selected to Participate in artsVest!

Six Collingwood non-profit cultural groups have been selected to participate in artsVest, a sponsorship training and matching incentive program of Business for the Arts.
• Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts
• Collingwood Jazz and Blues Society
• Magic of Children in the Arts
• Theatre Collingwood Association Inc.
• The Factory Culture
• Quarter Century Theatre
“I am delighted at the selected organizations,” said Mayor Sandra Cooper. “What a wonderful opportunity for them and an investment in Collingwood’s arts & culture community.”
Following an in-depth sponsorship training workshop for community arts and culture organizations and application process, six groups were selected by a jury and allocated a matching grant from artsVest. They have six months to match their grant with new sponsorships from local businesses, thereby doubling the impact of the sponsorship. The organizations will also receive:
o Free live sponsorship training workshops
o Individualized mentorship sessions with Canada’s top sponsorship experts
o Peer-to-Peer training workshops
o Webinars, marketing and branding tutorials
o Access to a 6-module e-Learning sponsorship course
The Town of Collingwood was among five municipalities accepted into the 2017 Ontario artsVest program, bringing a total of $30,000 in matching funds to the Collingwood cultural community. 
Lory MacDonald, Founder, Magic of Children in the Arts describes artsVest as an exciting funding opportunity for all the arts organizations chosen to participate. “They do not just write us a cheque, artsVest helps us build new sponsorship partners in the community and grow our existing ones. They provide top end training and guidance on how to deliver excellent value for every sponsorship dollar our local businesses invest in the art and culture sector. The arts have a unique skill to offer local businesses, and that
Six Collingwood Organizations selected for artsVest™ Program is our creativity. Together we can develop engaging ways to help increase business, elevate company awareness and more.”
"Business for the Arts is thrilled to be bringing the artsVest program back to Collingwood, thanks to the support of the Ontario Trillium foundation and the Government of Canada" says Scott Honsberger, Program Manager for artsVest. "A lot has changed since we last delivered the program here, but what hasn't changed is the need for successful, creative partnerships between the business and arts sectors. Speaking with members of this year's participating organizations, it's clear to me that the passion to build these types of partnerships runs deep, and I look forward to seeing the sponsorship relationships that come out of the program this year!"On Tuesday, February 21, ArtsVest launched in Collingwood with an information session and ‘Sponsorship 101’ workshop for arts and culture organizations followed by a celebratory reception.  "The artsVest program will provide the components to encourage value-based, shared partnerships between local arts and culture organizations and businesses, expressed Mayor Cooper".  "This is a wonderful opportunity to strengthen our creative community." 
Business for the Arts announced in January that Collingwood would benefit from an investment in sponsorship training and matching incentive grants for local arts and culture organizations through the artsVest Program. artsVest aims to strengthen arts and culture in Canada by building partnerships between the private and cultural sectors. With funding support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Government of Canada, $30,000 in matching funds will be available to Collingwood arts organizations
artsVest Info Session and Sponsorship Workshop on Feb 21                   Mayor Sandra Coooper welcomes artsVest to Collingwood



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