About the Arts & Business Council

OUR MISSION

The Arts & Business Council is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that leverages and unites the unique resources of the arts and business communities to create a thriving, sustainable creative culture in Nashville.

What We Do

  • We create mutually beneficial partnerships between arts and business.
  • We provide direct services, key opportunities, and education to the creative community to help them master the business of art.
  • We inspire workplace creativity in businesses to demonstrate the impact of the arts through tangible benefits and develop life-long arts participants and supporters.

OUR VISION AND CORE VALUES

As the hub for building more sustainable arts businesses and creative enterprises:

  • Investing in artists is central to the Arts & Business Council’s long-­term vision of a community where artists are valued as critical assets to be engaged, supported, and empowered.
  • The Arts & Business Council believes having a large population of engaged, capable artists will lead to both a more just and equitable society.
  • The Arts & Business Council believes a strong sector of creative businesses will enhance the overall economic profile of the Greater Nashville area. A thriving arts community: attracts businesses to Nashville; makes for a healthy, happy population; and creates strong, innovative solutions to social, business, and civic challenges.

OUR IMPACT

The impact of our programs continues to increase year-after-year as we remain flexible, responsive, and innovative in the fulfillment of our mission to cultivate Nashville’s creative community. Download a recent annual report to learn more!

FY22 Annual Report

BOARD

HONORARY CHAIRMAN

Martha Ingram, Ingram Industries

CHAIR

Kirsten Jacobson, Asurion

VICE CHAIR

Jined Lamata Holladay, Holladay Ventures

TREASURER

Mike Koupal, Elliott Davis

DIRECTORS

Larry Abel, Abel McCallister Abel

Jacki Artis, UTA Foundation

Libby Callaway, The Callaway

Brittany Cole, Career Thrivers

Stephen Eaves, Belmont University

Cara Greene, Dryden Architecture & Design

Tré Hardin, Don Hardin Group

Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone

Jamie Kent, The BAM Group

Emmanuel LeGrair, R.H. BoydThe Commonwealth

Rory Levine, Academy of Country Music

Courtney Little, Musician & Arts Administrator

Marcia Masulla, Nashville Fashion Week & Roar Nashville

Joanna Paszek, CBRE

Kearstin Patterson, HCA Healthcare

Brian Sexton, Nashville Music, Film and Entertainment Commission

Tracy D. Sharpley-Whiting, Vanderbilt University

Teresa Tatlonghari, Nashville Soccer Club

Thor Urness, Bradley

Trent Yates, Sagemont Real Estate

Anna Zeitlin, Fanny & June & Zeitgeist Gallery

Ethan Zoubek, Atari


Are you interested in serving on an arts nonprofit board? Check out our Arts Board Matching program! If you’d like to learn more about serving on the Arts & Business Council’s board specifically, please fill out our Interest Form.


STAFF

Jill McMillan Palm, Executive Director

Jonathan Harwell-Dye, Director of Programs

Jackie Johnson Tidwell, Director of Operations & Strategic Initiatives

Jennifer “Ennie” Brosius, Program Manager

Kate Formway, Volunteer Services Specialist

Synthia Hogan, Development Coordinator

Darrius Hall, Marketing Coordinator


The Arts & Business Council is certified as a Nashville Living Wage employer. Nashville Living Wage (NLW) is a membership-based, volunteer-led organization that educates the community on the importance and urgency of a “more just” minimum wage.
NLW hopes to inspire businesses to pay a living wage now and commit to providing a living wage in the future while also helping community members (residents and visitors) become conscientious consumers by supporting living wage businesses.


The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville is a nonprofit-in-residence at Belmont University. Learn more about Belmont University here.