April 29, 2024 I Philanthropy

Gibson Gives, FirstBank Amphitheater Raise Over $120K for Music Education

From left to right: Jason Golden (Superintendent of Schools, Williamson County), Rick McEachern and Nancy McEachern (Owners, FirstBank Amphitheater), Erica Krusen (Global Executive Director Gibson Gives), Demetra Kopulos (VIP Program Manager, FirstBank Amphitheater), Alex Tinker (Project Manager, Gibson Gives) and Mark Kinzer (Director of Fine Arts, Williamson County).

Gibson Gives, the non-profit division of Gibson, has partnered once again with FirstBank Amphitheater in Franklin, Tennessee, to raise funds to support Williamson County Public Schools and music education initiatives. This year, Gibson Gives and FirstBank Amphitheater brought their selection of 22 guitars signed by Lana Del Rey, Noel Gallagher, Tenacious D, Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Chicago, Tears For Fears, Kenny Loggins, Steve Miller Band, Goo Goo Dolls and more to the Music Icons Auction from Julien’s and raised $48,825 this spring. To date, the Gibson Gives and FirstBank FirstBank Amphitheater Music Education Program has raised more than $120,000 for Williamson County Public Schools.

“United in our commitment, we stand with FirstBank Amphitheater in our efforts to support Williamson County schools, recognizing the invaluable role of music and arts education in shaping young minds and fostering growth for every student,” said Erica Krusen, Gibson Gives’ global executive director.

“We are thrilled to once again partner with Gibson to benefit the music arts program in Williamson County,” said Rick McEachern, owner of FirstBank Amphitheater. “This is another record fund raising year with participation from the legendary performers to help support the next generation of music talent.”

All proceeds from the Music Icons guitar auction have been donated to the Gibson Gives and FirstBank Amphitheater music education program whose initiatives have now raised over $120,000 to support the next generation of musicians in Williamson County’s public schools. Highlights from the auction included a Gibson Custom Shop 1959 Les Paul Re-issue Guitar in Dirty Lemon finish with gently-flamed maple top with accurate vintage appearance signed by singer, songwriter and record producer Lana Del Rey.

Gibson supports the music community via its philanthropic endeavor, Gibson Gives, assisting non-profit organizations in efforts to advance musicians, youth-focused music education, health and wellness initiatives, and inclusive musical partnerships. The Gibson Gives Scholarship program has provided direct financial support to young students with music career aspirations and is on track to help many more players in 2024. Gibson Gives a 501(c)(3), is committed to cultivating and offering steadfast support for all communities. To date, Gibson Gives has raised over $4.5 million and enabled $46 million in funding for key organizations through product donations and meaningful giving worldwide, with 100 percent of all donations to and from Gibson Gives going towards providing the gift of music.


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