Gibson donates to the National Museum of African American Music

After the Gibson Garage Fest in Nashville, Gibson Gives donated $30,000 to the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) and its music education fund.

During the week-long event earlier this month, Darius Rucker visited the Gibson Garage Stage for a special donation event with Gibson Gives – the philanthropic arm of Gibson – in addition to delighting the crowd with an intimate acoustic performance of his hit songs.

“I couldn’t think of a better place to have an African American music museum than Nashville,” Rucker said. “Everyone in the world should go see NMAAM, it’s such an important place. As far back as I can remember, I’ve played on Gibson, and what they’re doing with Gibson Gives is a good thing and now they’re are partnered with the NMAAM, it’s a perfect fit. I’m so proud to be a part of it all.

Gibson Garage Fest attendees enjoyed artist panels, giveaways and one-of-a-kind experiences, and took part in guitar lessons with Trivium frontman and guitarist Matt Heafy and renowned expert Marty Schwartz. They enjoyed live music from a wide range of generations and genres spanning country, Americana, rock, blues and pop, including Darius Rucker, Marcus KingErnest, Charles Esten, Orianthi, Matt Heafy, Kirk Fletcher, Eric Paslay, Hannah Dasher, Tiera, Meghan Linsey, Phangs, Ashley Cooke, Callista Clark, Honey County, Temecula Road, Elvie Shane, Danielle Bradbery, Filmore, Cooper Alan, Stephanie Quayle, Brandy Zdan, Laci Kaye Booth, Sean Stemaly, Alana Springsteen, Love and Theft, Gibson Generation Group G3’s and the Rex Brown Experience supergroup featuring Rex Brown, Snake Sabo, Jared James Nichols, Dennis Holm and Cesar Gueikian (Gibson).

“A year ago, we couldn’t have imagined the impact the Gibson Garage would have on guitar fans in Music City and around the world,” said James “JC” Curleigh, President and CEO. from the management of Gibson Brands. “It’s the best compliment to hear artists say that the Garage has set a new benchmark and is another big step in the right direction for Gibson.”

“The Gibson Garage is one of the coolest places I’ve ever been,” said Guns N’ Roses Slash legend. “I am blown away by the attention to detail & the totally immersive nature of the place.”

“I was blown away with The Gibson Garage, it’s the ultimate guitar experience that everyone should see,” added Kirk Hammett, lead guitarist at Metallic.

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