Benefit Auctions

Auctioneer David Allen of Music City Auction is recognized as one of the premier Benefit Auctioneers in Middle Tennessee and the Southeast, presiding over dozens of benefit and charity events each year. His engaging and professional manner, laced with humor and enthusiasm, creates the perfect combination to raise the most money for your organization.

David has conducted live auctions for such organizations as the American Heart Association, Kidney Foundation, CASA, Cystic Fibrosis, Autism Society of Middle Tennessee, Nashville Film Festival, and YMCA. He has yearly commitments from a number of different organizations such as St. Bernard Academy, Montessori Centre, Glendale Elementary, John Trotwood Moore Middle School, Nashville Wine Auction, Better Health 4Kids, just to name a few.

He has conducted live Benefit Auctions in such venues as Music City Center, Country Music Hall of Fame, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Tennessee Performing Arts, W.O. Smith School, The Cannery, Omni Nashville Hotel, The Factory (Franklin, TN), Belle Meade Plantation and countless schools, country clubs and event locations across Middle Tennessee.

From large organizations to a school fundraiser to a special fundraising event, Mr. Allen will use his unique abilities to ensure that your organization has the best opportunity to raise the most money.


Testimonials for David Allen’s Benefit Auction Services

“We have had a live and silent auction for over 10 years. The event needed a makeover. We wanted to make the event more fun and changed it to a Barn Dance, Chili Cook Off and Auction. David, as auctioneer, was perfect for the event. His witty personality, showmanship and energy was a perfect addition to make the event fun while raising money. I never saw so many people laughing while raising their bid paddles. He consulted with us before the event to give us tips on ways to improve the event. Because we raised the same amount of money with less items and in less time due to David’s expertise, we had more time for dancing. Can’t wait to have him back next year.”

Scott “Skip” Rudsenske- Fundraising Chairman, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville

“Our annual fundraising event is vital to the work we do, and much of money raised comes from our auction. For many years, we have trusted David at Music City Auction to convince and impress our guests to dig deep into their pockets to help us save animals! He is an invaluable asset to our organization, and we look forward to many more fun and life-changing events with him.”

Stephanie Willis- Community Relations, Agape Rescue


“We recently hosted an art show and live auction to raise money for our nonprofit, Project Heart. I had read many reviews about David Allen, and after one conversation with him on the phone, I knew he would be perfect for our event. He did not disappoint. David is charismatic, entertaining, and has the ability to motivate others to want to give. He works the crowd, makes people laugh, and in general makes sure that everyone has a good time. We will certainly hire him again and again.”

Erica Thayer – Co-Founder, Project Heart, “LittleHearts | BigArt”

“The Nashville Film Festival’s annual fundraiser is centered around our live auction.  The success of this program is so important for us, as a non-profit, and for the programs we offer to at-risk students.  Without David Allen’s talent, skill, experience, and showmanship, we couldn’t earn as much money as we do.  Many tell us this is their favorite event of the year. Most importantly, they return year after year to offer their support.”

Deb Pinger- Communications Director, Nashville Film Festival, “Great Whiskey Auction”

“David was recommended to me by a friend and having very little experience with live auctions personally, I wasn’t sure what to expect. He basically handled everything that was necessary to make the bidding and checkout run smoothly. He also knew exactly how to engage the audience. David got the crowd enthusiastic about the items and used creative ways to encourage bidding. Our event would not have been the success that it was without him! I highly recommend hiring David Allen for your next event. You will be glad you did.”

Melora Turner– Co-Chair,  MyLIFEspeaks, “A Night Together”

“We recently held The Night of The Elephant gala, a fundraiser for The Elephant Sanctuary.  In the planning, I kept hearing about this young auctioneer who was charming, witty, sophisticated (a rarity in auctioneers) and able to raise money tastefully.  He fulfilled all expectations and more! In fact, with only 4 live auction items he raised twice as much as the 70+ items earned in the silent auction.  His presence was one of the highlights of the evening.  If there’s a need for an auctioneer, I can’t imagine hiring anyone else!”

Lois Knight – Founding Member, The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee

“We have received so many great compliments about the live auction and it exceeded our wildest dreams in raising funds for our organization.  Thank you so much for your help…. I was able to breathe a sigh of relief knowing that everything was being handled.”

Nancy Whitman- Executive Director, Better Health 4Kids

“David was suggested to me by a friend who had seen him in action and swore by him.  I was very hesitant.  However, the night of our event David swept in and was amazing.  He was engaging and entertaining.  He made the audience laugh while getting everyone to raise their bids and therefore raise more money for our foundation.  David was helpful before, during and after our event. He is professional and very good at what he does.  I would highly recommend putting your worries aside (if you have any) and going for it!  He is worth every penny.”

Lindsay Ballew  Executive Director, Thisbe and Noah Scott Foundation

“There are few situations more “electric” than when a community of people band together for a common cause.  If done well, live auctions can be a powerful example of this electricity… How do you do it well?  Simple: you hire Dave Allen as your auctioneer.    For the 6th year in a row, our little public school has hired Dave to lead our live auction, and for the 6th year in a row, we have exceeded all expectations and goals and achieved great financial success.  All while laughing our way through the night and growing as a community. Dave is a gem.  He is a treasured partner in our Lee Live event and, I believe, truly values that the work he does directly enhances hundreds of lives.   Thank you Dave!”

Kelsey Evans – PTA President, Lee Elementary School

“I have known David Allen of Music City Auction for many years and have witnessed his benefit auction expertise at 2 different schools’ fundraisers, year after year. David Allen is a “must-have” for any school or fundraising live auction. David has undeniable wit, humor, and talent that have made our live auctions not only incredible money makers for our organizations, but a terrific social event for our parent communities. As an auctioneer, David Allen’s charisma and charm brings a group together and has them laughing, bidding and competing to be the winning bidder! There is no doubt that David creates an atmosphere of humor and fun that generates more dollars and good-will for our school than any other. David Allen is a complete asset for our school fundraiser and social event.”

Elizabeth Herbert – St. Bernard Academy, Home & School Association, Auction Co-Chair

“David Allen first came to Belle Meade Plantation for an inaugural fundraising event. Within 30 minutes he helped raise over $70,000 for the Plantation! We enjoyed his enthusiasm and ability to work the crowd so much, we invited him back in September. David’s total has now surpassed over $100,000 raised for Belle Meade Plantation! We couldn’t be more pleased with his work, and not to mention, he is so easy and fun to work with. We won’t have another auction without David Allen as the voice ever again! Thanks David!”

Leah London – Development and Special Events Coordinator, Belle Meade Plantation

“David Allen, owner of the Music City Auction Company, is a knowledgeable, highly skilled and very personable auctioneer. I have known and attended many of David’s auctions for over three years, and during that time in all of my numerous business dealings with him and his staff, I have found him to be professional and forthright in his conduct, meticulously attentive in his operation, a person of genuine integrity and, very importantly, someone whose word is his bond. Regardless of the subject or theme of his auction, David conducts the auction with efficiency and good humor, always keeping the auction moving in a positive and up-beat manner and always intuitively attentive to the mood and character of the audience. Recently, I had the good fortune of contracting with him to be the auctioneer of our non-profit annual fundraiser, for which he raised every possible bid for donated artwork from our guests in a fun-filled, good-natured manner. I shall continue doing business with David Allen at his Music City Auction Company with every assurance of knowing that my guests and I shall receive professional, attentive and honest service from him and his professionally-trained staff.”

George M. Anderjack – Executive Director, Tennessee Art League

“Our auction provided much needed funds for our youth outreach. We are deeply passionate about and committed to our young people. It was a blessing to partner with a team like Music City Auction and an auctioneer like David Allen who provided service with the same commitment and passion.”

Berry Brooks – Director of Development, Downtown District YMCA & Urban Services Youth Development Center

“I literally do not know what we would have done without David Allen. He was a huge help with our entire auction, making sure it ran as smoothly as possible. This was by far our most successful auction, and I attribute a lot of that to him. He is not only a great auctioneer, but a wonderful entertainer as well.”

Emily Borders – Franklin Road Academy, Nashville, TN

“Our PTA auction was a HUGE success, largely because of the skills and charisma of our auctioneer, David Allen. He has a unique talent for making people happy about spending more money and laugh while they’re doing it. We ended up raising three times the funds we had hoped for. The children at Montessori Centre will immensely enjoy their new playground.”

Deborah “Oma” Harris – Head of School/Owner, Montessori Centre

“WOW! What a night and what an auctioneer! David Allen creates a great atmosphere where people spend lots of money and have a great time doing it!! This was our most successful auction ever and in large part it was due to the talents and expertise of David. We were fortunate to have him as our auctioneer.

Lana Shealey – The Covenant School Auction Chair

“David Allen of Music City Auction conducted the first ever live auction for the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s (TPAC) Fest de Ville fund raiser. Not only did his performance exceed all expectations- our very first live auction raised over $40,000! Our efforts to raise funds for the children’s programs at TPAC were enhanced by Mr. Allen. Mr. Allen provided guidance for both the live auction and the silent auction, and was delightful to collaborate with.”

Deby Pitts, Cathy Breland, Kathleen O’Brien – Fest de Ville Gala Managers

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