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BCA 10 Nominations Now Open!

Posted by Danielle Iwata
BCA 10 Nominations Now Open!

Every year, Americans for the Arts through its Business Committee for the Arts, honors the 10 best businesses partnering with the arts in America.


As today’s business landscape continues to shift, companies need talent that can respond to an ever-changing world of work. Participation in creative expression fosters and incubates the essential skills and leadership needed in today’s world. Innovation can be defined as applied creativity and partnering with arts organizations and artists unlocks pathways to that innovation.


Americans for the Arts believes that encouraging creative thinking, and leveraging creative expression through arts and business pARTnerships is essential for building healthy businesses and vibrant communities.


Sean Conrol of Square and Julie Garreau of Cheyenne River Youth Project accept the David Rockefeller pARTnership Award from Camilla Rockefeller at the BCA 10 Gala. Photo by Sylvain Gaboury.


NOMINATE A BUSINESS for their exceptional involvement with the arts that enrich the workplace, education, and the community.


NOMINATE A BUSINESS PERSON FOR THE LEADERSHIP AWARD, which recognizes an individual for his/her extraordinary vision, leadership, and commitment to supporting the arts.


NOMINATE A BUSINESS AND AN ARTS ORGANIZATION (OR ARTIST) FOR THE DAVID ROCKEFELLER PARTNERSHIP AWARD, which recognizes an exceptional project, program, or initiative that represents a true alliance, collaboration, or exchange between the two. 


Submissions close January 25.


To nominate or learn more about eligibility, visit


All honorees will be celebrated at the BCA 10 black-tie gala in New York City during the first week on October 2019.


2018 BCA 10 Honorees in Forbes Magazine

Posted by Danielle Iwata
2018 BCA 10 Honorees in Forbes Magazine

This year's BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America honorees were in the September 30 issues of Forbes Magazine.


Read more about this year's honorees:

Churchill Downs

Fifth Third Bank

Fosun International Shanghai CN

Phillips 66

The Standard


UMB Financial Corporation

VF Corporation

West Bend Mutual Insurance Company

Zions Bank


David Rockefeller pARTnership Award: Square + Cheyenne River Youth Project

BCA Leadership Award: Chandrika Tandon



Special thanks to Christopher "Kip" Forbes, Vice Chairman of Forbes and winner of the 2011 BCA Leadership Award.


BCA Leadership Award: Chandrika Tandon

Posted by Danielle Iwata
BCA Leadership Award: Chandrika Tandon

Chandrika Tandon will receive the Leadership Award at the BCA 10 Gala on October 2, 2018 in New York City. Click here to learn more about the BCA10.


"Since ancient times, art has had the ability to transform every sphere of life: people, communities, education -- I discovered my whole self when returning to music, and my life is far richer because of that. I wish the same transformative experience for others. There’s no better place to start this process than education -- we’ve only scratched the surface.”


Chandrika Tandon is an expert on the intersection of business and the arts, as both the Founder and Chairman of Tandon Capital Associates, and as a Grammy-nominated singer.


Prior to founding her own financial advisory firm in 1992, Tandon was the first Indian-American woman to make partner at McKinsey and Company. With her first paycheck from McKinsey, she purchased a guitar and stereo system rather than a bed – and slept on the floor of her apartment. Music has always played an important part in her life, and it was not until she became successful in business that she rediscovered her craft.


After training to become a musician, she recorded her album, Soul Call, which was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Contemporary World Music. She has released four albums under her nonprofit label, Soul Chants Music, which donates all proceeds to support community building, education, the arts, and well-being.


In an interview with the NYU Steinhardt school, she explained her late dive into professional music: “Music is what I am; everything else is what I did.” When traveling around the world for business, Tandon found music to be a form of communication. In describing the various dimensions of business, music, and meditation, she commented: “They all inform each other; they all affect each other.”


Tandon has performed many benefit concerts to support organizations such as the Smithsonian, Lincoln Center, Wellness and Global Peace Initiatives, and the World Culture Festival. She will go on tour for her newest album, Shivoham – The Quest, in spring of 2019.


 9/11 Remembrance at Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, courtesy Chandrika Tandon


Chandrika and her husband, Ranjan, are also philanthropists, and have donated $100 million to the NYU School of Engineering. She remains heavily involved with NYU as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the President’s Global Council, and Chair of the NYU Tandon Engineering School, as well as serving on boards of the Stern Business School and Langone Health System. Tandon is also a former Dean’s Council Member at NYU Wagner School of Public Policy, where she trains leaders to impact public well-being. 


She serves on the Board of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, leading a major effort to attract new, diverse audiences, and chairing the Global Council. At Berklee School of Music, where she serves on the President’s Council, Berklee-Tandon Global Clinics connect underprivileged talent to distinguished faculty worldwide. As Chair of the Krishnamurthy Tandon Foundation, she has supported over 30 institutions which work in education, the arts, wellness, and community building.


As both a CEO and musician, Tandon has a unique understanding of the way business and the arts can influence each other, and how the intersections between the two can have a positive impact.



Past BCA Leadership Winner Opens Museum

Posted by Danielle Iwata
Past BCA Leadership Winner Opens Museum

When the BCA honored Tom James in 2009 with the Leadership Award, he already had quite an impressive resume of sustained arts support between the Salvador Dali Museum, the American Stage Theatre Company, and the Tom and Mary James/Raymond James Financial Art Collection. The majority of the latter were displayed in the corporate headquarters in St. Petersburg, FL, earning the workplace awards for having a creative environment.


James once said of headquarters, “office space is the next best thing to a museum because we have a high traffic area with about a million square feet here.” Now, these works have made their way to the best thing – The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art.


What was once an annual art show entitled “The Wildlife & Western Visions” hosted at the headquarters has developed into its own museum. Housed in a building with an exterior inspired by the American Southwest and an interior by cubism, the museum has over 400 pieces on display. Many of these works are by living artists, from whom Tom and Mary have made a conscious effort to buy. The museum features six exhibits: Early West, Native Life, Native Artists, Frontier, Wildlife, and New West spread throughout 84,000 square feet.


The grand opening celebration weekend will be April 28th and 29th.


Photo: Tom and Mary James at the BCA 10 Gala in 2009


Announcing the 2018 BCA 10 Honorees

Posted by Danielle Iwata
Announcing the 2018 BCA 10 Honorees
The Business Committee for the Arts (BCA) of Americans for the Arts is proud to present the BCA 10 awards on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at a black-tie gala at the Central Park Boathouse in New York City.
The awards honor 10 U.S. companies, a business leader, and an arts and business partnership for their exceptional commitment to the arts through grants, local partnerships, volunteer programs, matching gifts, sponsorships, and board membership.
We are excited to announce this year's winners:

Churchill Downs (Louisville, KY)

Fifth Third Bank (Cincinnati, OH)

Fosun (New York, NY)

Phillips 66 (Houston, TX)

The Standard (Portland, OR)

Tierney (Philadelphia, PA)

UMB Financial Corporation (Kansas City, MO)

VF Corporation (Greensboro, NC)

West Bend Mutual Insurance Company (West Bend, WI)

Zions Bank (Salt Lake City, UT)


In addition, Chandrika Tandon, chairman of Tandon Capital Associates and Soul Chants Music in New York City and Grammy-nominated musician, will be honored with the BCA Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals for their extraordinary vision, leadership, and commitment to supporting the arts and for encouraging other businesses to follow their lead.


Square and Cheyenne River Youth Project of San Francisco, CA and Eagle Butte, SD, respectively, will receive the David Rockefeller pARTnership Award. This award recognizes a company and arts organization (or artist) for an exceptional project, program, or initiative that represents a true alliance, collaboration, or exchange between the two.


"We are grateful to honor these businesses and individuals for their exceptional involvement in ensuring that the arts thrive in their communities," said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. "They provide the arts with significant financial and in-kind support, and they incorporate meaningful arts-related programs into their employee, customer, and community relations activities – truly setting a standard for other businesses to follow."
Join us in celebrating these companies and their exceptional partnership with the arts by purchasing tickets, placing an ad in the BCA 10 journal, or sponsoring the gala celebration.





Meet the Business Leaders of the 2016 BCA 10 : Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts

Posted by Jessica Gaines
Meet the Business Leaders of the 2016 BCA 10 : Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts

Now that you have read about this year’s BCA 10 honorees, let’s take the time to meet their valiant leaders. These business executives, representing a range of industries from healthcare to energy to brewery, are visionary, expansive, and inspiring. We encourage you to tweet them, follow them, like them, and support them because they have allowed the arts to shine in their business spaces and communities across the country.


Austin Energy, Austin, TX


There is a transformational power in art. It has the power to create new experiences and to reveal commonalities between us all. Austin Energy views its support of the arts and its power in Austin as part of its ongoing role to better serve and sustain the community.” –Mark Dombroski, Interim General Manager


Badger Meter, Milwaukee, WI


We believe the arts improve our quality of life by offering important education opportunities for our children, boosting our economy and engaging diverse audiences in our local communities. We are honored to receive this national recognition for our role in supporting and promoting the arts,” –Richard A. Meeusen, Chairman, President and CEO


CopperPoint Insurance Companies, Phoenix, AZ


CopperPoint Insurance Companies understands that a vibrant arts sector attracts and sustains businesses and workers, which promotes economic development and cultural enrichment. Support of cultural, arts and educational organizations creates a well-balanced life experience for our employees, our customers, and our businesses.”

–Marc Schmittlein, President & CEO, Burlington, VT


" is uniquely committed to a culture of creativity, community involvement, and sustainability – it's been part of our organizational DNA since day one. Our close connection to the arts in Burlington has had a tremendously positive impact on the community and our company. We are very proud of the work we do to bring the community together through the arts and arts education." –Wayne Pastore, Senior Vice President of


Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE


Art is an essential component to good living, and we’re proud to support the people who are making Delaware a better place to live and work.” –Sam Calagione, Founder and President


Dunlap Codding, Oklahoma City, OK


"Arts and creativity organizations enrich us. By opening our doors to artists and creators, we gain immeasurable benefits. Together, we help foster a spirit of generosity, inclusiveness, and volunteerism throughout our communities. Our lives are richer for our connection to the arts and creativity organizations with which we are intertwined." –Douglas J. Sorocco, Director and Shareholder


Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ


“At Johnson & Johnson, we believe that the arts play a critical role in creating healthy and vital communities. Our Corporate Art Program strives to foster a workplace that educates, engages and inspires. In our local community of New Brunswick, NJ, cultural programming has played a pivotal role in the city’s revitalization. We are honored to be recognized for this work.” –Alex Gorsky, Chairman and CEO



M Powered Strategies, Inc., Washington, DC

 “Exposure to the performing arts is part of being a well-rounded member of society. At M Powered Strategies, we support accessibility programs at the Shakespeare Theatre Company for service members, the hearing impaired, and young professionals. Everyone can benefit from experiencing live the brilliance and relevance of Shakespeare.”

–J. Kendall Lott, President


Northern Trust, Chicago, IL


At Northern Trust, we share our clients’ passion for the arts – and the spirit of giving back that is so deeply engrained in the performing arts community.”

–David Blowers, President



Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH


Every day at P&G we strive to improve people’s lives with our brands and products, as well as improve the communities where we live and work. Supporting the arts produces ripple effects of benefits that help communities thrive and make them great places to live." –David Taylor, CEO


Hall of Fame:

Aetna, Hartford, CT


Aetna is committed to building healthy communities across the country, and to promoting a healthy lifestyle for everyone. The arts are an important part of enhancing the overall well-being of people and their communities, and we are honored to have the Business Committee for the Arts recognize Aetna’s leadership in this area.”

–Mark T. Bertolini, Chairman and CEO



Robert Buchsbaum, Blick Art Materials



I am honored to be named BCA’s 2016 Leadership Award honoree, in recognition of Blick’s long history of advocating for and supporting the arts. We look forward to continuing our support of the Arts Action Fund in creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate the arts.”


For more infomation about the October 5th BCA 10 Gala, tickets, and sponsor opportunities visit


Announcing the 2016 BCA Hall of Fame Award and BCA Leadership Award Honorees

Posted by Jessica Gaines

Americans for the Arts is pleased to announce the BCA Hall of Fame and BCA Leadership Award honorees for 2016.  The awards are presented annually by the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA), a division of Americans for the Arts.


Aetna, Inc., health care company, will receive the 2016 BCA Hall of Fame Award, which recognizes companies that have exhibited exceptional long-term vision, leadership, and commitment to developing alliances in the arts. Aetna, Inc. was a BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts honoree in 2011.


 Robert Buchsbaum, Chief Executive of Blick Art Materials , will receive the 2016 BCA Leadership Award, which recognizes an individual for his/her extraordinary vision, leadership, and commitment to supporting the arts and for encouraging other businesses to follow in his/her lead.


The honorees will receive their awards at the BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America gala on October 5, 2016, a black-tie affair at the Loeb Boathouse in New York City’s Central Park.


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