Business for the Arts Opens 32nd Year of Awards! Announcing a New Award Recognizing Business Volunteers in the Arts under 40

    TORONTO, March 7 /CNW/ - Nichole Anderson, President of Business for the
Arts, Canada's national business association working to broaden and deepen
relationships between business and the arts, today announced that it has
opened the nomination period for the 32nd annual Business for the Arts Awards.
Arts and Cultural organizations across Canada are invited to submit their
nominations by April 2nd, 2008.
    The Awards will be celebrated at a gala dinner in the Fall, with the top
arts and business leaders attending. The awards include a new award, the
Arnold Edinborough Award, named after the founding President of Business for
the Arts, celebrating young business volunteers in the Arts.

    The Awards open for nominations include:

    -   The Globe and Mail Business for the Arts Awards, recognizing
        businesses that have created exceptional partnerships with the Arts
        in Canada. Many businesses in Canada have been recognized with these

    -   The Edmund C. Bovey Award, given to an outstanding Business Leader in
        the Arts. The Award has gone to 17 major business philanthropists in
        the Arts over the years, including Michael Koerner, C.M., Jim
        Pitbaldo, O.C., Michael Audin, Israel Asper and Don Johnson.

    -   New this Year: The Arnold Edinborough Award, celebrating business
        volunteers in the Arts under 40.

    The new "Arnold Edinborough Award has been launched in honour of Business
for the Arts' founding President to recognize the young business leaders in
Canada who dedicate a tremendous amount of time and energy volunteering for
the Arts while busy building a career. The award is a fitting tribute to
Arnold, since he was instrumental in founding the Business for the Arts Awards
as well as the Young in Art program, helping young business people find
rewarding positions in the Arts as Board Members." said James D. Fleck,
Chairman of the Board. The winner of this new Award will receive an original
Canadian artwork created by an emerging artist, along with a cheque for $5,000
for the arts organization of their choice. They will be recognized at the gala
dinner this Fall celebrated at a special event in the Fall run by artsScene,
Business for the Arts' young business professionals group.
    For more details on the Awards, please visit
    The deadline for all awards nominations is April 2, 2008. Nomination
forms are available by visiting

For further information:

For further information: Kaija Corlazzoli, Membership and Communications
Manager, Business for the Arts, (416) 869-3016 x223,; Gillian Hewitt, artsScene, Co-Chair, (416)
869-3016 x223,

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