Welcome Arts Organizations!

The Arts & Business Council’s consulting services, educational labs, and board training and matching program are designed to help Chicago-area nonprofit arts organizations address managerial and organizational capacity needs.

To participate in our Business Volunteers for the Arts (BVA) and On BOARD programs, you must be an active client of the Arts & Business Council. We require that you be a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization and be in good standing with the IRS. The first step is to complete our NEW CLIENT APPLICATION. Once you submit your application, an A&BC Programs staff member will contact you to schedule your free consultation. This first consultation helps us better understand your needs and guide you toward the right solution.

If you have not engaged in our programs in 3 or more years, you are considered an inactive client. You will need to resubmit a NEW CLIENT APPLICATION and come in for a consultation. 

If you have questions about the process, please contact Sarah Frye at (312) 372-1876 ext 102.

A&BC Services

Business Volunteers for the Arts (BVA)

Low-Cost Consulting Services for Arts Organizations
The BVA service recruits, trains and matches experienced business professionals to serve on pro bono consulting projects for small-to-medium sized nonprofit arts organizations in the Chicago area. 


Chicago’s Leading Source for Trained, Qualified Arts Board Candidates
A board training and matching process for qualified business professionals interested in serving on the boards of small-to-medium sized nonprofit arts organizations in the Chicago area.  


Informative, Hands-on Learning Sessions for Arts Managers & Board Members
A&BC’s annual lab series provides best practices, relevant case studies, and useful tools to address a variety of managerial, marketing, financial and board development issues.


Insightful Self-Assessment for Arts Organizations
A proprietary, online self-assessment for arts organizations (staff and board) designed to analyze and measure management and oversight capacity, leading to recommendations for more focused direction and more strategic use of limited resources.