Started in 2008 by Business / Arts, abx was a gathering for artsScene’s national network of young professionals to meet and share best practices. This group of emerging leaders collaborated on how to encourage more young professionals to interact with the arts and take on volunteer leadership positions.

After ten years of artsScene, abx has established itself as a ‘must attend’ annual summit, attracting over 200 young business volunteers, artists and arts professionals from across Canada. Focusing on a topical and unique theme each year, abx participants work together to inspire deeper engagements in the next generation of arts leadership.

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We work to educate, invest, and connect the gap between businesses and the arts.

Who We Are

Business / Arts

As a national not-for-profit, Business / Arts is creating a sustainable ecosystem for the continued growth of Canadian’s arts sector by getting more businesses involved, not just today, but for generations to come.

We do this by:

  • Acting as a bridge between business and the arts sector.
  • Facilitating direct investment from business into arts organizations.
  • Offering training and support for arts professionals.
  • Educating and advocating for the arts and offering ways to get involved.


artsScene is a meeting place for young professionals who are interested in supporting the arts and having fun while doing so.

How artscene works

A volunteer program, each artscence chapter is led by two elected co-chairs and committee members. Together each chapter works in partnership with local arts organizations to host events and activities that:

  • champion the arts in their cities
  • incubate new ideas to engage young professionals;
  • host boardLink events to encourage other young professional to engage in the arts as board members.

How can I register for this conference?

To purchase a ticket for abx, please visit our ticketing page.

Who can attend abx?

This conference is open to emerging arts and business leaders under 40 who demonstrate exemplary leadership and volunteerism in the arts.

If you meet this criteria, and are passionate about contributing to the future of the arts and cultural sector through this influential new forum, we strongly encourage you to register.

Am I considered an emerging arts leader?

Working in the arts sector, emerging arts leaders are dedicated to fostering the arts in Canada by building partnerships with fellow arts administrators, artists, media, business leaders and public sector officials to ensure a vibrant cultural sector for all Canadians.

Am I considered an emerging business professional?

Working in the business sector, emerging business leaders demonstrate a passion for volunteerism, philanthropy or leadership in arts and culture in Canada. Individuals show leadership in taking on key roles and responsibilities, recruiting other volunteers, providing a bridge between business and the arts community, and enhancing the visibility of the arts and culture sector.

I am over 40, can I still attend the conference?

The conference and discussions will be programmed for emerging leaders under 40. While this is our target demographic for abx, we invite anyone who is doing great things and can contribute to the conversation to apply.

What is Culture Track Canada?

We will give participants a firsthand look into the groundbreaking new Culture Track Canada study led by Business / Arts. Culture Track Canada will focus on better understanding and responding to the changing cultural landscape in Canada and provide businesses, government agencies and cultural institutions with specific, actionable data to accelerate and inform strategic decision making.

Through a series of roundtables across Canada in 2017 and at this year’s arts & business exchange, we will be gathering feedback on the survey instrument, allowing abx participants to directly influence and contribute to the study. In 2018, these same round tables will be held across Canada to share the findings of the study on a national scale.

Will the conference be publicly available via livestream?

This year's abx will not be livestreamed but full panel and event videos will be freely available shortly after the exchange.

How is the arts & business exchange different from Business / Arts’ other emerging leaders summits?

After hosting the RBC 40 Voices Summit in 2014 and the Montreal Young Professionals Summit on the Arts in 2015, Business / Arts saw the need to bring emergings arts and business leaders together more frequently in order to understand the ever-changing direction of the arts and cultural sector. These summits have evolved into what is now the Arts and Business Exchange.

While the previous two summits were resounding successes, the arts & business exchange has been reimagined as a conference that can one day grow into a year-round, cross-sectoral exchange.

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