Big Payback

Click Here to Donate to the Big Payback on May 3, 2016

The Big Payback Returns On May 3, 2016

Donor Contributions Will Benefit the 
Tennessee Arts Academy Teacher Scholarship Fund 

Nashville, Tennessee - The Tennessee Arts Academy is once again participating in The Big Payback, a region-wide, 24-hour online giving event created to help Middle Tennessee nonprofits raise funds vital to continue their work, which directly improves the community around them. This is the third year that the Tennessee Arts Academy is taking part in the event. Last year, the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation raised over $5000 to support the outstanding work being done annually at the Tennessee Arts Academy.
The charitable event, presented by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, will begin at 12:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3 and runs for 24 hours. Once the clock starts, anyone can visit or and make donations to the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation ranging from $10 and up.
"This is one of the most important fund raising events of the year for our organization," commented Frank Bluestein, executive director of the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation. "All monies raised during The Big Payback will be matched dollar for dollar from a $10,000 challenge grant provided to the Academy by a generous donor," says Bluestein. "We are reaching out to all of our past TAA participants, presenters, board members and the community at large to help us make this event a major success for our organization. We hope to use the funds to help expand our teacher scholarship program and to enhance the quality of the Arts Academy experience."
The Big Payback has seen remarkable growth from its inaugural event in 2014. That year, $1,492,492.50 was raised for 525 nonprofits. In one day's time, more than 11,600 gifts were made to organizations focused on health and human services, animal welfare, the arts and more.
In 2015, the amount raised increased to more than $2.65 million supporting 770 Middle Tennessee nonprofits.
Gifts from the public during The Big Payback will be boosted with funds from sponsors of the event, which will provide opportunities for the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation to vie for financial incentives and additional prizes. The online leaderboard, at, will track donations in real time.
"Nonprofits do important, life-changing work every day across Middle Tennessee," said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. "The Big Payback has become an exciting opportunity for us to come together as a community to support their efforts and recognize the positive impact they have on our neighbors. It's an easy, fun and a meaningful way for us to show our local pride and give back, and make a really big impact in the process."
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About Tennessee Arts Academy

The Tennessee Arts Academy is the nation's premier professional development institute for arts education. It has been held annually since 1987 on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. The Academy trains over 275 K-12 educators every summer, who in turn impact over 150,000 Tennessee students each year. The Academy's advanced curriculum, cutting-edge methodology, and unique philosophical perspective maximize participants' learning experiences. With renewed energy and knowledge, teachers trained at the Tennessee Arts Academy return to their classrooms better equipped to provide Tennessee students with the necessary skills and experiences to become creative and productive members of our work force and society. For more information, call 615-460-5451, email, or visit

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit