CBCA is looking for artists, creative groups and cultural organizations to be part of the 2020 Business for the Arts Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at the Seawell Grand Ballroom.

The annual Business for the Arts Awards luncheon is a sold-out, arts-infused event attended by over 700 corporate, cultural and civic leaders from across Colorado. In addition to recognizing 10-12 diverse companies and individuals each year, the awards luncheon includes creative performances and interactive installations during the networking reception and four live performances during the luncheon program. By partnering with local artists and cultural groups, the luncheon showcases the dynamic power of the arts and the rich diversity of creative expression and talent in Colorado.

About CBCA

CBCA advances Colorado’s creative economy by connecting business and the arts. For over 30 years, CBCA has been recognizing outstanding corporate philanthropy, innovative partnerships and exemplary leadership at the intersection of art and business. CBCA will celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2020.


Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Sound checks and technical rehearsal from 9:00 – 10:30 am
Networking reception from 11:00 – 11:45 am
Luncheon program from 11:45 am – 1:30 pm


The luncheon is inside the Seawell Grand Ballroom, located in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex, at the northwest corner of the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Details for Luncheon Performances

  • 5-7 minutes in length
  • Stage size: 16” x 32”
  • Shared green room backstage
  • Professional stage manager, light and sound booth
  • Freight elevator accessible to backstage
  • Dance floor is available, if needed

Criteria and Selection Process

CBCA is seeking a range of artistic disciplines, cultural representation and geographic diversity. Optimal performances or activations tend to be high-energy, engaging, unique and visually interesting. Applications will be reviewed by CBCA staff and members of its Events Committee. After the call for interest closes on November 8, 2019, CBCA will follow-up with applicants to discuss their interest and proposal. Decisions will be made by the end of 2019. CBCA reserves the right to contact and work with individuals and groups outside of this Call for Interest.

Compensation and Perks

CBCA is pleased to offer an honorarium to each entertainment partner. Honorariums range from $200-$400. Partners will be highlighted in the Awards Luncheon program (provided to all 700 luncheon guests and distributed widely afterward) and mentioned in print and digital media, such as Awards Luncheon press releases, social media, CBCA website, email newsletters, annual reports, etc. Entertainment partners will also have an opportunity to bring collateral materials to be included on a shared table near event check-in. All partners must sign an image and video release.


This Call for Interest closes on Friday, November 8, 2019.

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