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Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Board Development


c/o Goodwin ProcterExchange PlaceBoston, MA 02109 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Arts & Business Council promotes the mutuality of arts and business partnerships, strengthening the two sectors through advocacy and programs that serve the fullest diversity of individuals, organizations and communities. The Council's programs and services fall into four broad categories: Voluntarism, Information and Management Services, Convening and Celebration, and Professional and Career Management


The Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston (A&BC/Boston) links the strengths of arts and business, promoting community growth and vitality through the arts. It builds partnerships which enhance the management capacity of arts organizations while strengthening the business sector by expanding the consulting, management, and leadership capabilities of individuals through effective volunteerism. A&BC/BOSTON DOES THIS THROUGH THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS: · Business Volunteers for the Arts [BVA] develops and places experienced business professionals as pro bono consultants on management projects with small to mid-sized not-for-profit arts organizations · Board Center for the Arts is a new initiative that will be the region's leading board training and placement resource for companies and arts and cultural organizations. The center consists of three programs: Business On Board which trains and places business executives on arts boards; the Board Development Program which instructs arts organizations on managing and recruiting for their board; and a Board Development Program Advanced Training for arts groups. · The American Express National Arts Marketing Project, prepares arts organizations to better understand the marketplace in which they operate and to develop innovative, effective audience development plans and marketing skills, resulting in increased earned income through audience development. · MetLife Foundation National Arts Forums presents topics of interest to business and the arts. Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts provides pro bono or reduced-fee legal services to artists and arts organizations.


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