Press Release: AutoZone Named a Top 10 Best Business Partnering with the Arts

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MEMPHIS, TN  (May 20, 2015) – Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, announced that AutoZone has been named a BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America honoree for 2015.

Above: Singers from Opera Memphis perform "AutoZone: The Opera."

Presented every year by the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA), a division of Americans for the Arts, the BCA 10 awards honor 10 U.S. companies for their exceptional commitment to the arts through grants, local partnerships, volunteer programs, matching gifts, sponsorships, and board membership.

AutoZone has been a champion of the arts and cultural initiatives and institutions in Memphis for decades, and this has manifested through unique funding programs, civic leadership, and employee engagement. Through a dedicated grant category named ArtsZone, AutoZone provides substantial annual funding to ArtsMemphis and dozens of carefully-vetted arts and cultural organizations. A workplace giving specifically for the arts, employee volunteerism and special events support compliment the financial support AutoZone offers to local cultural and arts organizations.

"Even as AutoZone has evolved over the last 36 years, we’ve maintained a steadfast commitment to our hometown of Memphis,” said Bill Rhodes AutoZone’s Chairman, President and CEO, Customer Satisfaction. “Leadership and active participation in our region’s arts and culture are essential to community engagement and growth.”

The BCA 10 Awards will be presented by Americans for the Arts on October 6, 2015, at a black-tie gala at the Central Park Boathouse in New York City. The 2015 honorees are:

Ameriprise Financial (Minneapolis, MN)
AutoZone, Inc. (Memphis, TN)
BNY Mellon (New York, NY)
Corning Incorporated (Corning, NY)
GE’s FirstBuild (Louisville, KY)
NV Energy and the NV Energy Foundation (Reno, NV)
Prospective Inc. (Reston, VA)
Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods (Houston, TX)
The Trust Company of Kansas (Wichita, KS)
U.S. Bank (Minneapolis, MN)

"We are grateful to honor these 10 businesses 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. "These businesses 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. They enrich the lives of millions of Americans and truly set a standard for other businesses to follow."  

For information regarding BCA 10, please contact Stacy Lasner, Business Committee for the Arts Coordinator at (212) 223-2787or via e-mail at [email protected].

Corning Incorporated and U.S. Bank are Presenting Sponsors of the BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America 2015 gala. 

About AutoZone:
As of February 14, 2015,  AutoZone sells auto and light truck parts, chemicals and accessories through 5,042 AutoZone stores in 49 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in the U.S., and 411 stores in Mexico and five stores in Brazil and 18 IMC branches for a total count of  5,476.
AutoZone is the leading retailer and a leading distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories in the United States. Each store carries an extensive product line for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks, including new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, and non-automotive products.  Many stores also have a commercial sales program that provides commercial credit and prompt delivery of parts and other products to local, regional and national repair garages, dealers, service stations, and public sector accounts.  IMC branches carry an extensive line of OE quality import replacement parts. AutoZone also sells the ALLDATA brand diagnostic and repair software through Additionally, we sell automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, and non-automotive products through, and accessories and performance parts through, and our commercial customers can make purchases through  AutoZone does not derive revenue from automotive repair or installation.
Contact Information:
Media: Ray Pohlman, 866-966-3017, [email protected]
Financial: Brian Campbell, 901 495-7005, [email protected]
About ArtsMemphis
Founded in 1963, ArtsMemphis advocates and raises funds for the arts in Shelby County, Tennessee. ArtsMemphis plays a key role in strengthening the Memphis arts community, acting as mentor, connector and convener in addition to providing financial support. Over $40 million has been distributed over the last decade; $3.3M was awarded through 175 grants to 60 organizations in 2014.
Contact Information
Elizabeth Rouse, 901.341.0410, [email protected]
About Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 50 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at
Founded in 1967 by David Rockefeller, the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA), a division of Americans for the Arts, encourages, inspires, and stimulates businesses to support the arts in the workplace, in education, and in the community. The Business Committee for the Arts merged with Americans for the Arts in 2008.
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