Steine Leadership in the Arts Award

Nashville Arts Coalition established the Steine Leadership in the Arts Award in 2015 to honor Ronnie Steine for his decades of service to the arts in Nashville, as a private citizen and as a member of the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County.


Given each year by Nashville Arts Coalition, the award acknowledges the commitment of a citizen or elected official to supporting arts funding as a major economic driver of Nashville's vitality. 

The award is a handmade sculpture by artist Brenda Stein (no relation to Mr. Steine). 

Past honorees:
2015 Ronnie Steine
2016 Bill Pridemore

On February 9, 2018 at a breakfast reception at Nashville Ballet, Nashville Arts Coalition presented the 2017 Steine Public Leadership in the Arts Award to the Honorable Nancy VanReece




Top: 2016 Honoree The Honorable Bill Pridemore, The Honorable Nancy VanReece, 2015 honoree and namesake Ronnie Steine
Middle: Nashville Arts Coalition Steering Committee with The Honorable Nancy VanReece (middle); steering committee L-R: Noah Spiegel, Emma Supica, Trish Crist, Lisa French, Kelly Corcoran, Matt Fox
Bottom: The artist, Brenda Stein (no relation) with her sculpture, the 2016 Steine Public Leadership in the Arts Award
All photos (c) Reed Hummell for Nashville Arts Coalition

See the rest of the photos from last year's reception on our Facebook page.


Nancy VanReece has spent her life connecting the arts to smart investment. She not only has her own abstract paintings in 3 universities and half a dozen cities, but throughout her three-decade business career she has enjoyed a journey of helping other artists and art organizations grow and thrive.

Nancy VanReece started her career as an advocate for musicians and songwriters. By the time she moved to Nashville in 1986 she had already established a reputation as a fearless negotiator. After being a successful music publisher, manager, and record label owner, she joined the staff at BMI in 1998. In her over nine-years there she generated approximately 5 million dollars in accrued royalties for songwriters.

In 2007 Nancy became the first Executive Director at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival bringing her business acumen to help increase corporate sponsorships and community involvement. She worked with the Nashville Shakespeare Festival board and staff to start the Winter Shakespeare program at Belmont University in 2008. 

In 2010, Nancy was a consultant with the Tennessee Arts Commission and spoke to over 70 arts nonprofit organizations across the State on the use of Social Media. 13 of those organizations were recipients of TAC grants that had Nancy working with them on 12-week digital marketing implementation projects. During this time, the e-book Social Media For the Arts, Nancy’s 3rd book, was published and over 500 copies were distributed to organizations around the county.

In 2012, Nancy VanReece became the Sr. Social Media Strategist and Website Manager for the Nashville Symphony and Schermerhorn Symphony Center. She worked with the communications team on the successful Road to Carnegie strategy and was referred to in the New Yorker and American Way Magazine. She became a speaker at the National Orchestra League conference on the subject.

In 2015 when Nancy ran for and won her Metro Council Seat to represent District 8, it was no surprise that the arts – their vitality, and their significance to our city – were welcomed by her neighbors in North Inglewood and Madison. In 2016 and 2017 she worked diligently with other councilmembers and the Mayor’s office to see an increase in funding for Metro Arts Commission grants and initiatives. It was more advancement than had been seen in a decade.

Nashville Arts Coalition is delighted to acknowledge the significant contributions of Nancy VanReece to the Nashville arts and cultural ecosystem with the 2017 Steine Public Leadership in the Arts Award. 





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