June 26, 2020 I Coronavirus
ESP Donates $30,000 to MusiCares
ESP Guitars, a manufacturer of high-quality guitars and basses, has made a charitable donation of $30,000 to the Recording Academy’s MusiCares Covid-19 Relief Fund. The funds were raised via the sales of two artist-signed guitars, with the amount of each sale being matched by ESP. Additionally, ESP made the donation at a time when Spotify was generously matching contributions to the charity, so the total amount provided to MusiCares was $60,000.
ESP held two special sales in May and June to raise funds for the charitable contribution. In May, ESP sold a guitar built by the ESP Custom Shop for Stephen Carpenter of Deftones, which raised $5,000. In June, the company sold an ESP Kirk Hammett Signature Series KH-2 guitar that raised $10,000. Both guitars had been signed by the artists, and the Kirk Hammett model was also etched with the artist’s initials. ESP then matched the $15,000 fundraising effort with another $15,000, which comprised the $30,000 donation to MusiCares.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has been devastating to our community of musicians and other people who are part of the live and recorded music industry,” says Matt Masciandaro, president and CEO of The ESP Guitar Company. “We are proud to be able to be in a position to provide a significant contribution to an organization that will offer support to the industry that has helped support ESP for the last 45 years.”