Ben Russell, Chairman and CEO of Russell Lands, Inc., founded the Lake Martin Amphitheater. His vision, inspired by his love for the arts and the beautiful scenery of the Kowaliga Basin, guided the efforts of Russell Lands, Inc. in constructing the amphitheater in 1998.
His purpose was simple; construct a facility overlooking one of the most beautiful areas of the lake, and donate its use to the lake community to promote and provide for artistic and cultural enjoyment.
The Lake Martin Arts Council (LMAC), a non-profit organization made up of interested area citizens, governs all amphitheater activities. The Lake Martin Amphitheater is a not-for-profit venue.