Creative Businesses

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago’s services to arts, cultural, and creative organizations include management consulting; board member training and matching; and professional learning. These programs are built to help Chicago-area arts, cultural, and creative nonprofits improve managerial and organizational capacity.

If you are a…

  • individual artist;
  • creative entrepreneur;
  • 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), or 501(c)(6) tax-exempt organization;
  • nonprofit or for profit creative business;
  • or group or project with a fiscal sponsor

…then let’s work together! The Arts & Business Council of Chicago is committed to doing our best to support the culture and commerce of Chicago. If our programs aren’t the right fit, we’re happy to make referrals to our partners in the field who can help you find success.

On BOARD®, Learning Labs, networking events, and other learning opportunities are open to public participation. Participation fees may differ for each program offering.

Business Volunteers for the Arts® and smARTscope® are only open to active Art Partners of the Arts & Business Council of Chicago. To potentially participate in these programs or receive more tailored capacity building advice, please submit a new Art Partner form below. Participation fees may differ for each program offering.


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