FirstBank Amphitheater and Gibson Gives Raise Over $47,000 for Students and Music Education in Williamson County
Guitar wall in Green Room at FirstBank Amphitheater – Jason Golden (Superintendent of Schools, Williamson County), Nancy McEachern & Rick McEachern (Owners, FirstBank Amphitheater), Erica Krusen (Sr. Director, Cultural Influence & Gibson Gives), Dendy Jarrett (Executive Director, Gibson Gives), Mark Kinzer (Director of Fine Arts, Williamson County).
FRANKLIN, TN (February 23, 2023) - FirstBank Amphitheater’s 2022 concert season featured legendary performances from Miranda Lambert, Nine Inch Nails, Cody Johnson, Willie Nelson, Third Eye Blind, Halsey, Earth Wind & Fire, and so many more! Artists are extremely happy to participate in the program and to sign a classic Gibson electric or acoustic guitar knowing it will be auctioned off to a great local cause.
“We experienced overwhelming participation from performers throughout the season,” says Rick McEachern, Owner FirstBank Amphitheater, “It’s a very impactful program--15 guitars were autographed and auctioned creating a one-of-a-kind collectible for super fans and helping the next generation of aspiring musicians.”
In its premier season, the auction collected over $17,000. In this second annual guitar auction, over $33,000 was raised – bringing the total going back into Williamson County to well over $47,000!
“We are happy to see Gibson Gives and FirstBank Amphitheater program grow and see the impact it is having on local music education in schools,” says Dendy Jarrett, Executive Director, Gibson Gives. “This program demonstrates Gibson’s commitment to the Nashville area and helping kids reach for their dreams.”
Proceeds from the guitar auction are earmarked for use by Williamson County Public Schools for music education initiatives.
Above: the Gibson guitar wall at FirstBank Amphitheater.
About Gibson Gives:
For over 130 years, the iconic, American instrument brand Gibson has been shaping sound across generations and genres. Gibson, and its charitable arm Gibson Gives believe in the power of music, and that getting instruments into the hands of those with a desire to make music is a life-changing event. Gibson Gives--a 501(c)(3) is committed to making the world a better place by supporting non-profit organizations in their efforts to advance musicians, youth-focused education, music, and wellness initiatives. 100%of all donations to and from Gibson Gives go towards giving the gift of music. In the last three years, Gibson Gives has raised over $3.5 million dollars worldwide through its mission. Gibson Gives believes investing in music education will yield better people,
better leaders, and a better world. Gibson Gives is changing lives...one guitar at a time. For more information, visit: www.gibsongives.org.
About FirstBank Amphitheater
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, Tennessee, FirstBank Amphitheater is an iconic location for memorable music experiences for fans and artists. For more information visit: www.firstbankamphitheater.com