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Gibson Gives: Striking a Chord for Change in Music Education and Beyond

Julien's and Gibson Gives continue to raise funds and awareness about the importance of music education and community support.

February 24, 2024

In the vibrant world of music, few names resonate as profoundly as Gibson. Synonymous with quality craftsmanship and iconic sounds, Gibson has not only shaped the landscape of music through its instruments but also through its philanthropic arm, Gibson Gives. This organization is dedicated to making a tangible impact on music education, health and wellness initiatives, and community support, embodying the belief that music has the power to transform lives.

Established with a vision to create and support a universe where every person has access to music, Gibson Gives operates on the principle that music is a universal language capable of bridging divides, healing wounds, and uplifting spirits. The organization focuses on providing resources for music education programs, supporting health and wellness initiatives within the music community, and fostering inclusive environments that encourage participation and innovation.

One of Gibson Gives' most impactful strategies has been partnering with musicians, educators, and other organizations to amplify their reach and effectiveness. By donating guitars and music instruments to schools, community programs, and music therapy initiatives, Gibson Gives ensures that the joy and education of music are accessible to all, regardless of economic barriers.

For over 125 years Gibson has been shaping, contributing, and supporting sound through their guitars…across many generations and genres of music.In 2002 the Gibson Foundation was officially established (as a 501(c)3) and has since provided thousands of guitars and related value-in-kind and donations in excess of $46M.As we look to the future for both Gibson Brands and the Gibson Foundation, we have an opportunity and an obligation to re-build with an aligned approach going forward.

A notable aspect of Gibson Gives' success is its collaboration with Julien’s Auctions, which has significantly expanded its fundraising capabilities. Through auctions featuring guitars signed by some of the most exciting musicians of our time, including Lana Del Rey, Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, and many others, Gibson Gives leverages the appeal of music memorabilia to fund its initiatives. These auctions not only raise funds but also awareness about the importance of music education and community support.

Gibson Gives stands as a beacon of hope and support in the music world, proving that companies can play a crucial role in fostering positive change. Through its dedication to music education, community support, and health and wellness initiatives, Gibson Gives illustrates the profound impact that music can have on individuals and society as a whole. As Gibson Gives continues to expand its reach and impact, it serves as a powerful example of how corporate philanthropy can harmonize with community needs to create a more inclusive and supportive music ecosystem.

In the ever-evolving narrative of music's role in society, Gibson Gives is writing a compelling chapter, one that underscores the transformative power of giving back through music.

You now have an opportunity to support Gibson and their mission by bidding on 22 featured guitars in our upcoming Music Icons sale taking place February 27th online. Be sure to register and bid today before it's too late.

A 2019 Gibson Custom Shop '59 Les Paul Reissue electric guitar, serial number CME90218 in Dirty Lemon finish with gently-flamed maple top with accurate vintage appearance, in original hard case. Signed by Lana Del Rey on the guitar's top around the bridge and tailpiece area.

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