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Gibson Foundation’s “Night Out for Nashville”

Gibson Foundation’s “Night Out for Nashville” –
An Evening for Music City Flood Relief
Set for This Friday, June 18, 2010 Throughout City

Citywide Music City Flood Relief Gibson Donation Banks Stationed in Key Locations For Final Push

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus to be Stationed at Hard Rock Café for Public Tours and Silent Auction of an Epiphone Guitar Signed by the Black Eyed Peas to Raise Money for Flood Relief

Nashville, Tenn….June 16, 2010  -  For the past month Gibson Guitar and the Gibson Foundation have placed Music City Flood Relief Donation Banks throughout Nashville at landmark venues and businesses to help aid the victims of the recent Nashville floods. The donation banks created from actual Gibson guitar cases have been placed throughout the city for visiting patrons to make a donation to help aid the thousands of people who have been left homeless and without the basic necessities of everyday life. 100% of all proceeds will benefit the flood victims in Nashville and surrounding affected areas. On Friday, June 18, a final push to raise funds for the banks will be conducted through the citywide event “Night Out for Nashville” – An Evening for Music City Flood Relief. All participating businesses and venues with donation banks will rally this day and night to host simultaneous final encouragements for donations to be made to the guitar banks. Music events and special incentives, including the addition of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus onsite at the Hard Rock Café for public tours throughout the day, will encompass the close of this evening with all donations made to the guitar case banks going directly to the Gibson Foundation Flood Relief Programs.

Businesses and venues where donation banks can be found are below. Please visit each business and venue’s website for more information on details for Friday, June 18:

Business Locations:

Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau Visitor’s Center
Located in the Bridgestone Arena
501 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203
http://www.visitmusiccity.com

Diana’s Sweet Shoppe
318 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37201
http://dianasnashville.com

Gibson Café
Located in the Nashville International Airport
Nashville, TN 37214

Embassy Suites Hotel at Vanderbilt
1811 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
http://www.nashvilleatvanderbilt.embassysuites.com

Hotel Indigo
1719 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
http://www.hotelindigo.com/

Venues:

Hard Rock Café
100 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37201
http://www.hardrock.com/nashville

Ryman Auditorium
116 5th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37219
http://www.ryman.com

Mercy Lounge
1 Cannery Row
Nashville, TN 37203
http://www.mercylounge.com

Cannery Ballroom
1 Cannery Row
Nashville, TN 37203
http://www.mercylounge.com

12th and Porter
114 12th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
http://www.12thandporterlive.com

3rd and Lindsley
816 3rd Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37210
http://www.3rdandlindsley.com

Douglas Corner Café :
2106 8th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37204
http://www.douglascorner.com

The 5 Spot
1006 Forrest Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206
http://www.the5spotlive.com

Dan McGuiness
1538 Demonbreun Street
Nashville, TN 37203
http://www.danmcguinnesspub.com/nashville

Listening Room Cafe
209 10th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
http://www.listeningroomcafe.com

Rocketown
522 5th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37203
http://www.rocketown.com

Beginning at Noon on Friday, June 18, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus will be stationed in front of the Hard Rock Café and will be open for public tours. The Lennon Bus a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages. As part of the flood relief effort, the Lennon Bus will be hosting a silent auction on site at the Hard Rock Café of an Epiphone acoustic guitar signed by the Black Eyed Peas. 100% of the proceeds from this auction will also go to the Gibson Foundation’s Flood Relief efforts. Furthering their support, in conjunction with The School of Audio Engineering (SAE) Institute in Nashville, The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus will also be announcing the establishment of the Dan Brown Memorial Scholarship. Dan Brown was a promising student and aspiring musician and engineer at SAE Nashville who lost his life in the 2010 Nashville flooding. In his memory, SAE is offering one full scholarship to a deserving student. Eligibility will be based on both need and merit and administered by SAE Institute in association with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.

Night Out for Nashville is supported by Gibson Foundation, Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Next BIG Nashville, American Songwriter Magazine, Lightning 100, and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. For more information on “Night Out for Nashville” please go to http://www.gibson.com/nightoutfornashville.

For more information on Gibson Foundation’s on-going efforts with Flood Relief please go to http://www.gibson.com or http://www.gibsonfoundation.org. Founded in 2002, the Gibson Foundation is committed to making the world a better place for children by creating, developing and supporting programs and other non-profit organizations in their efforts to advance education, music and the arts, the environment and health & welfare causes.  Follow Gibson at http://twitter.com/gibsonlifestyle or http://www.facebook.com/GibsonGuitar

CONTACTS:
Caroline Galloway, GIBSON GUITAR, (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 615-423-4904
Cie Hoover, GIBSON GUITAR, (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 615-260-8835


About the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (http://www.lennonbus.org)
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages. In its 12th year of touring, the venture is proud of its brand new bus and its studios, which boast the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which is dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world. The Bus travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining artists, and at major industry conferences. The Bus, a 501(c)(3) venture, is made possible through the generosity of sponsors including Apple, Maxell Corporation, NAMM, The Beatles: Rock Band, Gibson, Epiphone, Sony, Avid, Roland, Mackie, GHS Strings, Sonicbids, Disc Makers, Edirol by Roland, Blackheart Amps, Ampeg, Boss, Digital Media Academy, Aphex Systems, Audio-Technica, Glyph Technologies, Neutrik, Music Player Network, Propellerhead, Musician’s Friend, Harris Corporation, Ableton, Apogee, Litepanels, Applied Acoustics Systems, Antares, McDSP, IK Multimedia, Native Instruments, Slingerland Drums, Bogen Imaging, and Noise Industries. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is made possible by an agreement with Yoko Ono Lennon.

ABOUT GIBSON GUITAR:
Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. The Gibson Les Paul guitar is the best selling guitar of all time and bears the name of the late, great Les Paul. Gibson’s HD.6X-PRO Digital Guitar, the Gibson Robot Guitar , the Gibson’s Dark Fire and the Gibson Dusk Tiger represent the biggest advances in electric guitar design in over 70 years. The Gibson Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Gibson Guitar Corp., and dedicates its time and services to making the place a better world for children through its support of music, education, health and human services. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo , Michigan , and headquartered in Nashville since 1984, Gibson Guitar Corp.’s family of brands now includes Epiphone, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Baldwin, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, and Wurlitzer. Visit Gibson’s website at http://www.gibson.com. Follow Gibson Guitar at http://www.twitter/gibsonlifestyle or http://www.facebook/gibsonguitar.

Something like this should be parked outside of every school in America.

- Vernon Reid, Living Colour

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The increasing accessibility of digital technology has led to an amazing expansion of opportunity in the art of digital storytelling. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus has been at the forefront of this new media explosion, having produced daily video projects with students since January of 2001. The Lennon Bus puts state-of-the-art digital video equipment into the hands of workshop participants and teaches the entire digital workflow from storyboarding to web publication and DVD burning. Students leave the experience having shot, chopped, scored, and (most importantly) finished an entire digital video production. Using the latest cameras and professional hardware/software solutions including Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools, participants are exposed to the exciting world of digital videography and learn hot techniques of the trade. The accessibility of professional-quality technology is making it possible for millions of new voices to be heard and the John Lennon Bus is putting these tools into the hands of tomorrow's great digital producers. Subscribe to our Youtube channel so you never miss any of the amazing videos produced on the Lennon Bus.