Gibson Gives and FirstBank Amphitheater Music Education Program: Surpasses over $120,000 Raised To Date for Students and Music Education in Williamson County with Music Icons Guitar Auction

Above (L/R): 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).

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NASHVILLE, TN (April 22, 2024) Gibson Gives the non-profit division of the legendary music brand Gibson, is honored to partner once again with FirstBank Amphitheater in Franklin, TN 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 theMusic Icons Auction from Julien’s and raised $48,825.00 this spring. To date, the Gibson Gives and FirstBank FirstBank Amphitheater Music Education Program has raised and over $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.” 

--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,” says 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 Lemonfinish with gently-flamed maple top with accurate vintage appearance signed by singer, songwriter, and record producer Lana Del Rey; a 2021 Gibson CS-356 electric guitar, finished in Faded Cherry signed by Oasis lead guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher; 2022 Gibson G-Writer Generation acoustic guitar, in a Satin Natural finish and signed by founding Tenacious D members Jack Black and Kyle Gass with additional angel and devil drawings covering the body of the guitar; and guitars signed by Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Chicago, Tears For Fears, Garbage, Kenny Loggins, Steve Miller Band, Goo Goo Dolls, and more.

Gibson supports the music community via its philanthropic endeavor, Gibson Gives, assisting non-profit organizations in their 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

FirstBank Amphitheater is a world-class boutique amphitheater nestled within a beautiful, wooded, natural stone and park-like setting. Located at the Graystone Quarry in Thompson’s Station at the southern border of Franklin, TennesseeFirstBank Amphitheater is an iconic location for memorable music experiences for fans and artists. For more information visit:

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