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About Us

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC)’s mission is to help strengthen non-profit arts organizations. We do this by building working relationships between arts organizations and highly-qualified business professionals, providing training in all aspects of management and board function, and conducting research in leading and emerging issues related to the world of arts nonprofits.

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SERVICES FOR ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

Looking for management and board consulting, new board members or professional development? A&BC’s services connect you to these opportunities and more.

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS

If you’re a professional ready to apply your skills in a highly innovative, creative, and rewarding environment, help give back to the community while refining your own leadership skills.

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Since 2009…

On BOARD: over 300 volunteers trained and matched

Business Volunteers for the Arts: over $10 million in pro bono consulting services

Upcoming Events

Sep
11
Tue
9:00 am Breakfast Club: Better Communica... @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Breakfast Club: Better Communica... @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Sep 11 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
The Arts & Business Council of Chicago convenes a monthly morning gathering for arts administrators to discuss topics and share ideas relevant to the business of art. Breakfast Club is a dynamic opportunity for arts[...]
Sep
15
Sat
9:00 am Board Training: Arts Organizatio... @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Board Training: Arts Organizatio... @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Sep 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
BOARD MEMBER TRAINING Topics include: Structures of arts organizations and their boards—staffing, income, and programming models Life cycle of arts organizations, from the founding board to the working board and the governing board Relationship between[...]
Sep
26
Wed
5:30 pm On BOARD: Fall Meet the Boards
On BOARD: Fall Meet the Boards
Sep 26 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Meet the Boards is a networking session for On BOARD candidates and arts organization boards to meet and learn about each other. Attendees discuss the mission and history of the organization, current and upcoming initiatives, and how new[...]
Sep
29
Sat
9:00 am BVA Team Lead Training @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
BVA Team Lead Training @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Every BVA Project has a Team Lead assigned to it to serve as the project manager and liaison amongst the client, the BVA consultant team and A&BC’s staff.  The role of the Team Lead is[...]
Oct
13
Sat
9:00 am Board Training: Legal & Fiduciar... @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Board Training: Legal & Fiduciar... @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
BOARD MEMBER TRAINING Speakers: Cliff Helm, Attorney, Helm Business Law Jim Lupo, Professor of Practice, Director, Center for Practice Engagement and Innovation, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Learning objectives include: Non-governing boards and committees Laws governing nonprofit boards[...]

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