- Nashville Philanthropist and Leader in Educational and Civic Organizations and the Arts
- Major involvement in the development of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and Tennessee Performing Arts Center
- Member of the boards of directors for Nashville Symphony, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre
- Member of advisory council for the Nashville Ballet
- Received a special award from the Kennedy Center in 2005 for lifetime accomplishments
Martha Rivers Ingram is the Chairman Emerita of the Board of Directors of Ingram Industries Inc., one of America’s largest privately held companies. Mrs. Ingram is a member of the Ingram Industries board and served as its Chairman from 1995 to 2008. In addition to her roles in business, she has been widely recognized as a leader in educational and civic organizations and the arts. She was chairman of the Board of Trust of Vanderbilt University in Nashville from 1997 to 2011. She is now an emerita member of the board. She is a past chairman of the Nashville Symphony Association board of directors and was vice chairman of the campaign to develop Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the orchestra’s spectacular home in downtown Nashville. She continues to serve on the Nashville Symphony board. She also serves on the boards of the Nashville Opera Association and the Nashville Repertory Theatre, an organization that she co-founded as the Tennessee Repertory Theatre in 1985. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Nashville Ballet and a former member of the advisory board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She received a special award from the Kennedy Center in 2005 for lifetime accomplishments. She was the guiding force in the creation of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, where she continues to serve as a board member, and she chaired the 1996 Tennessee Bicentennial Commission.
Inducted to the Music City Walk of Fame on April 27, 2017.