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Old 05-14-2010, 12:55 PM   #1
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The Gibson Foundation Launches Campaign Initiatives and Events to Benefit Flood Relief

We at Music Rising have decided to extend our support to help musicians who lost everything in the recent Nashville floods. Like New Orleans and the surrounding area affected by Hurricane Katrina, Nashville is one of America's greatest music cities, and we are deeply saddened by the prospect of so many great musicians losing their livelihoods due to the disaster.

Below is a press release from the Gibson Foundation announcing their flood relief efforts in Nashville. Later this week, we will announce how Music Rising will be participating in these efforts. In the meantime, head to Welcome to GibsonFoundation.org - making the world a better place for children to view a series of PSAs by several celebrity musicians who have pledged their support to these initiatives.

The Gibson Foundation Launches Series of Star Studded Public Service Announcements, Campaign Initiatives and Events to Benefit Flood Relief

“A Night Out for Nashville” – An Evening for Music City Flood Relief Set for Friday, June 18, 2010 Throughout City

Nashville, Tenn….May 12, 2010 - Gibson Guitar and its philanthropic division the Gibson Foundation have announced a series of programs to help aid the victims of the recent Nashville floods, which devastated the city and surrounding areas. Thousands of people have been left homeless and without the basic necessities of everyday life. Gibson Foundation, based in Nashville, will spearhead an initiative with landmark venues and businesses throughout the city, including the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau Visitor’s Center, Gibson Café, and Diana’s Sweet Shoppe where Gibson Guitar banks created from actual Gibson guitar cases will be placed for visiting patrons to make a donation. The guitar case banks will be placed in area establishments in Nashville through June 18, 2010, when the initiative will culminate in a final push to raise funds through a sponsored event titled “ Night Out for Nashville” – An Evening for Music City Flood Relief. Participating clubs and venues around the city will host simultaneous music events with all donations made to the guitar case banks going directly to the Gibson Foundation Flood Relief Programs.The Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau is supporting the effort and will be helping to spread the word on where donations are being accepted, along with having a guitar case bank set up at their downtown Visitor Center. 100% of all proceeds will benefit the flood victims in Nashville and surrounding affected areas.

Sister city, Austin, Texas and home of Gibson Guitar Austin, has also pledged its support with special events being planned with a host of celebrity musicians. Gibson Guitar case banks will be set up in area establishments throughout Austin during the popular Memorial Day weekend, again with 100% of the donations collected going for flood relief. For many years Austin, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee have competed for the title of “world’s greatest music city.” But now, the two cities have come together in an effort to spearhead events across their markets in an effort to garner proceeds to support the flood relief programs being supported by the Gibson Foundation. Landmark venues across Austin, including Antone’s Home of the Blues in downtown Austin and Maggie Mae’s on 6th Street are participating. At select locations, each donation of $20 or more will automatically enter the patron into a sweepstakes to win an exclusive Gibson or Epiphone guitar. The Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau has volunteered to help spread the word through social media and several local marketing company resources. For more information on Gibson Austin’s support of the Nashville Flood Relief programs, go to Gibson Guitar Austin (GibsonAustin) on Twitter. For more information on “Night Out for Nashville” go to Gibson - Gibson Guitar: Electric, Acoustic and Bass Guitars, Baldwin Pianos. Details and updates will be posted regularly each week.

Gibson Foundation has also launched a series of Public Service Announcements by such popular Gibson and Epiphone artists such as Slash, Zakk Wylde, Peter Frampton, Luke Bryan, Keb Mo, Heart, Sammy Hagar, Corey Taylor, JT Hodges, Honor Society, Rev Theory, Gloriana, Paulie Z, Billy Morrison, Ray Benson, Austin City Limit’s Terry Lickona, Jonathan Singleton and others. All PSAs have been donated by the artist and are currently available for viewing at the Welcome to GibsonFoundation.org - making the world a better place for children site. Gibson Foundation will also place the series in a viral campaign via YouTube in an effort to bring attention to the current need for donations for Flood Relief. The Jonas Brothers, a signature Gibson band known for their sold-out tours and #1 hits, have also been tweeting asking their Twitter followers to support Gibson Foundation’s request for donations.

For more information on Gibson Foundation’s on-going efforts with Flood Relief please go to Gibson - Gibson Guitar: Electric, Acoustic and Bass Guitars, Baldwin Pianos or Welcome to GibsonFoundation.org - making the world a better place for children. Founded in 2002, the Gibson Foundation is committed to making the world a better place for children by creating, developing and supporting programs and other non-profit organizations in their efforts to advance education, music and the arts, the environment and health & welfare causes. Follow Gibson at Gibson Guitar (gibsonlifestyle) on Twitter or Profile Unavailable | Facebook

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caroline.galloway@gibson.com
615-423-4904
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More on the devastation from an article in the LA Times:

Lost in the Nashville flood: Musical instruments galore | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times

Good to see that Edge, Bob Ezrin and Gibson Guitars great work that they did with helping Gulf Coast Musicians will go a step further and help in Nashville.

Read the article at the link above. As a musician, your instruments are a part of you and how you communicate. So imagine losing your voice or your hands or whatever. To a musician, that is what this can feel like.

Lest we forget the larger human toll of the tragedy. Many have been effected - Homes and businesses alike. Check with Red Cross and other outlets that may be able to help those through this tough time.

American Red Cross
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More on the devastation from an article in the LA Times:

Lost in the Nashville flood: Musical instruments galore | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times

Good to see that Edge, Bob Ezrin and Gibson Guitars great work that they did with helping Gulf Coast Musicians will go a step further and help in Nashville.

Read the article at the link above. As a musician, your instruments are a part of you and how you communicate. So imagine losing your voice or your hands or whatever. To a musician, that is what this can feel like.

Lest we forget the larger human toll of the tragedy. Many have been effected - Homes and businesses alike. Check with Red Cross and other outlets that may be able to help those through this tough time.

American Red Cross
Thank you for the Red Cross mention. The entire southeast has been hit hard by various storms and there are Red Cross disaster relief operations right now. We need all the support we can get.
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