The following post is by Nichole Anderson, President and CEO of Business for the Arts and one of the partners in this symposium. She provides a perspective on corporate views of why they invest in the arts, and the connection of their support to public funding. BfA research shows that 100% of large companies say that public investment in the arts is important, but only 23% say they would increase their support should there be cuts.
I was in Ottawa and Montreal this month to present Business for the Arts’ latest research on business investment in the arts, and in Winnipeg and Calgary last month, as part of a cross-country conversation with government and business around what it will take to build a robust case for business investment in the arts. The findings are a result of a study we commissioned from the Strategic Counsel to help us understand the level of engagement in the arts by Canadians, why they engage and what they value about the arts, as well as feedback from businesses in Canada on why they do or do not invest, what it would take to increase that investment and how they value public sector funding as part of funding mix. Read More