Martha Ingram has ranked 524th on the Forbes list of Richest People and is prominent in Nashville society for her patronage.Her philanthropic focus has been education and the arts, including theatre, opera and the symphony in Tennessee. She was honored by Business Week as the 50th most generous Philanthropist for her donations between the years 2000 and 2004.
In October of 2010, Ingram was honored by the Americans for the Arts, an organization for advancing the arts in America, for her exemplary national leadership and work which demonstrated extraordinary artistic achievement. She received the Eli & Edythe Broad Award for Philanthropy in the Arts.
Martha Ingram serves as a Board Member of the Spoleto Festival USA, Ingram Micro, Regions Financial Corporation and Weyerhaeuser. Her other philanthropic commitments include the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Ballet. She is also the chairman for the Nashville Symphony Association, and the vice-chairman for the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. She is responsible for having helped develop the Schermerhorn Symphony Center which opened in 2005.<
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