GRAMMY-winning artist Amy Grant and renowned Nashville philanthropist Martha R. Ingram will receive stars on the Music City Walk of Fame during an induction ceremony on April 27, 2017, at 1p in Walk of Fame Park, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.
“Martha Ingram’s insistence that the arts are essential to a city’s success and her significant personal investments in our cultural landscape have transformed Nashville,” Mayor Megan Barry said. “Schermerhorn Symphony Center and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center are just two examples of her indelible impact on the music of Music City.”
Barry added, “Amy Grant’s beautiful vocals and her messages of hope, love, and faith have entertained and inspired millions of listeners for 40 years. Amy is in the middle of so many worthy causes and events, and I’m grateful for the work she and her husband, Vince Gill, consistently do to make Nashville stronger.”
They will receive the 75th and 76th stars on the Walk of Fame. Inductees are recognized for their significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and for contributing to the world through song or other industry collaboration.
“As Nashville celebrates several historic music anniversaries this year, it is fitting that the Nashville Symphony has nominated Martha and Amy as the orchestra celebrates its 70th season and Schermerhorn Symphony Center marks its 10th anniversary,” said Beth Seigenthaler Courtney, board chair of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp and president at DVL Seigenthaler.
2017 will mark major anniversaries for many of Nashville’s most iconic music establishments. In addition to the Nashville Symphony marking its 70th season and the Schermerhorn’s 10th year, other milestone anniversaries include Ryman Auditorium’s 125th; Historic RCA Studio B’s 60th; the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s 50th; Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) 50th; and The Bluebird Café’s 35th. The Music City Walk of Fame is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and official merchandise related to the milestone is available for purchase.
The Music City Walk of Fame was created in 2006 on Nashville’s Music Mile, a roughly one-mile stretch that connects downtown to Music Row. Permanent sidewalk medallions with the names of the inductees are displayed in a star-and-guitar design.
The Music City Walk of Fame is an official project of Music City, Inc., the charitable foundation of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, and is produced with the support of founding sponsor Gibson Brands and of sponsors that include the City of Nashville and Metro Parks and Recreation. Nominations are open to the public and are accepted in the categories of Artist, Musician, Songwriter, and Producer/Music Industry Executive. For more information about the Music City Walk of Fame, go to the Visit Music City website.
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