Planned Giving

The Nashville Symphony serves Middle Tennessee with inspiring music and life-changing education and engagement programs that reach tens of thousands of people each year. The support of our donors makes it all possible.

Your charitable bequest or other planned gift to the Nashville Symphony can make a significant impact by helping to ensure that our mission will thrive far into the future. Gifts of all sizes make it possible for the Nashville Symphony to build financial strength and maintain our tradition of excellence and community service for generations to come.

Thank you for your vision and generosity.

The Legacy Society

If you are passionate about the Nashville Symphony, please consider making a gift for the future by including a statement in your will or making a provision through another type of estate plan. If you have already included a gift of any amount to the Nashville Symphony in your estate plan, we would like to honor you as a member of the Legacy Society.

Members receive:

  • Legacy Society lapel pin
  • Special annual reception
  • Recognition in concert programs
  • Recognition in permanent signage at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

For more information on joining the Nashville Symphony Legacy Society, please email Maribeth Stahl or phone her at 615.687.6532.

For legal or tax advice, please contact a financial advisor.

Your generosity inspires others!

Enrollment Form     Legacy Society Brochure     Member Listing

How to Make a Gift in Your Will

Making a charitable designation in your will allows your assets to be distributed according to your wishes. Just as importantly, it gives you the opportunity to create an enduring legacy for the Middle Tennessee community.

We suggest a statement similar to this:

I give and devise to the Nashville Symphony Association (Tax ID #62-0550979), located at One Symphony Place in Nashville, TN,

<all (or name a %) of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, both real and personal>


<name a specific dollar amount or asset>,

to be used for its general support (or for the support of a specific fund or program).

For most people, a will is one of the easiest ways to leave a gift, but there are other types of future gifts that could also provide a benefit to you now, including:

  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Retirement Account
  • Donor-advised Fund
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Charitable Lead Trust

For more information on joining the Nashville Symphony Legacy Society, please email Maribeth Stahl or phone her at 615.687.6532.

For legal or tax advice, please contact a financial advisor.


Mark and Nancy Peacock believe that live orchestral music is an amazing historical and cultural gift — one that must be vigilantly protected. So when they decided to make revisions to their estate planning in 2015, it was natural for them to include the Nashville Symphony as a beneficiary of their retirement accounts. “For us, legacy gifts make exceptional sense,” Mark says. “Our children are strong and independent. This allows us to make important organizations like the Nashville Symphony major beneficiaries of our estate.”

The Peacocks share the Nashville Symphony’s goal of providing the citizens of Middle Tennessee with barrier-free access to orchestral music. Their legacy gift will help to make this possible for future generations. “Institutions like the Nashville Symphony are here to preserve orchestral music so that this tradition can continue to be shared with generations of listeners,” Mark adds. “I like knowing that when we are gone and the gift is realized, it becomes part of the permanently restricted endowment, which will help to pay the musicians in our orchestra. They are the artists who bring the music to life!”

“Nancy and I have been extraordinarily blessed, and it is our moral imperative to share our gifts,” Mark concludes. “We hope that others in the community will join us and give generously and gratefully. Deferred giving is the perfect way for Nancy and me to make a lasting impression on our community long after we are gone.”

Mark and Nancy Peacock, Legacy Society Members since 2015

My favorite thing about the Nashville Symphony is how it has grown and yet remains so close to the audience. I feel as if I am being entertained by friends. But extremely talented friends. The Symphony’s Legacy program gives us the chance to help play an important part in the future of this outstanding institution. How wonderful to know that perhaps my contribution will allow a young child to develop musical ability; to allow an adult to forget the cares of his or her life for a few hours. I hope others will join us to perpetuate our outstanding musical heritage—to give back so those in the future will be able to enjoy it and sustain it.

Edria and David Ragosin, Legacy Society Members since 2010