Bowtie Awards honor arts-supporting businesses


The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville (ABC) presents its second annual Bowtie Awards on Tuesday, Jan. 25. The show will be at Gravaty, performing at the 2010 Bowtie AwardsWildhorse Saloon from 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Hosted by Nashville business and arts leader Howard Stringer, the Bowtie Awards will honor and recognize business support of the arts and highlight Nashville’s vibrant creative community. The event is co-chaired by Beth Seigenthaler Courtney and Amy Seigenthaler Pierce.
Last fall individuals, companies and arts organizations nominated their favorite arts-supporting businesses in four award categories. Selected by a panel of community leaders, the three finalists in each category are:
Arts Education: Cracker Barrel Foundation; Rob Bironas and The Bironas Fund; Publix Super Markets
Arts Impact: First Tennessee; Regions Financial Partners; Southwest Airlines
Entrepreneur: La Campana; St. Claire Media Group/Nashville Arts Magazine; Zeitgeist Gallery
Work Environment: Avenue Bank; Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz; Cultural Enrichment, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Each finalist will receive a $250 cash award to be designated to the arts organization(s) of their choice. The winner in each category will receive an additional $750 that will be designated in the same fashion. In addition, each of the winners take home an original award designed by Nashville artist Herb Williams.
In addition, the Martha Rivers Ingram Arts Visionary Award will be presented at the luncheon to Dennis C. Bottorff.
“From music to theatre and literature to film, Nashville businesses support the Arts in extraordinary ways,”  states ABC President & CEO Connie Valentine. “The Bowtie Awards are an opportunity to say thank you for making Nashville such a strong and valued creative center.”
To become a sponsor, purchase tickets or learn more, contact the Arts & Business Council at (615) 743-3055, [email protected] or visit