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Connecting the Dots: Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville

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Connie Valentine, CEO of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville talks about forging meaningful partnerships between arts and business in Nashville Arts Magazine

 

Read an excerpt from the article where Connie discusses one of ABC Nashville's signature programs, the Music City Corporate Band Challenge:

 

"Take, for example, the council’s Corporate Band Challenge. Valentine’s brainchild, the concept, in a nutshell, is to offer corporations, nonprofits—even government entities—the opportunity to create a band within their own ranks and compete against each other. While in Music City the concept may not seem such a stretch, its unique nature has even become a model for other cities.

 

Valentine took her idea to Ron Samuels, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Avenue Bank. “Count us in,” he said.  “We’re going to rock the house.”

 

Valentine says these bands that are formed connect employees, from the security guard to the CEO. “It bonds people from all walks of life in ways they never would in any other way. It’s team building at its best. It’s infusing creativity into a workplace, be it the financial sector or the nonprofit world."

 

Read the entire article at Nashville Arts Magazine.

 

*photo of Plumb Crazy with Next of Kin from Myers Plumbing courtesy of ABC Nashville.

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