Guitars For Peace
Gibson Launches Ukraine Relief Program To Raise Awareness and Funds For The People Of Ukraine
Gibson’s Ukraine Relief Guitars Will Be A Part of Julien’s Auctions
“Icons & Idols: Rock ‘N’ Roll”
Online Bidding Begins October 11 via www.JuliensLive.com
Live Auction Concludes November 11, 12, 13
Above: Gibson Guitars For Peace Les Paul guitars for Ukraine relief.
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NASHVILLE, TN (September 7, 2022)Gibson, the iconic American-made instrument brand, and Gibson Gives–its philanthropic arm–are bringing the music community together to stand behind the Ukraine Relief effort, raising awareness and funds to aid the people of Ukraine.
Gibson luthiers have crafted a limited edition run of four Guitars For Peace Les Paul Custom electric guitars, which proudly display the unforgettable Azure Blue and Gold colors of the Ukrainian Flag. Gibsonpartnered with artists to perform with the Ukraine guitars on stage on tour this summer. Autograph books traveling alongside each guitar have been autographed by Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Slash, Fher Olvera of Maná, Nile Rogers of Chic, Mark Knopfler, Lzzy Hale, Margo Price, Alex Lifeson, Blossoms, The Fratellis, Kasabian, Madness, Maisie Peters, Paloma Faith, The Charlatans, The Vaccines, Toyah, My Chemical Romance, and actor Jason Momoa, among others.
Starting on October 11, bidding will open for the Gibson Guitars For Peace Ukraine guitars and their autograph books as part of Julien’s Auctions—the world record-breaking auction house to the stars—”Icons & Idols: Rock ‘N’ Roll” live auction. Bidding will conclude with the live auction on Friday, November 11, Saturday, November 12, and Sunday, November 13, online viawww.JuliensLive.com and in-person at the Hard Rock New York. Registration is required to bid in this auction and can be done in person or online before the sale via the registration page to bid by phone (310) 836-1818, proxy, or in person, or online. For inquiries, please email@example.com or call 310-836-1818.
100% of the funds from the auction of the Gibson Guitars For Peace Ukraine Relief guitars will go to the current humanitarian need for the people of Ukraine, as well as rebuilding efforts once the conflict ends. In addition to the guitars, Gibson has launched the Guitars For Peace T-Shirt to allow everyone across the globe to show their support for Ukraine in an affordable way. 100% of funds from the sale of Gibson Ukraine guitars and the Guitars For Peace T-Shirts will be donated to immediate humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine throughthe Disaster Emergency Committee, a portion of the funds will also be used to re-establish music programs in Ukraine when the conflict ends. To order the Gibson Gives Guitars For Peace T-Shirt and support Ukraine relief, visit: https://www.bonfire.com/gibson-gives-guitars-for-peace/.
The Gibson Gives Ukraine Relief guitars feature the colors of the Ukrainian flag,which is a worldwide symbol of international solidarity for the freedom, democracy, and independence of the Ukrainian people. The Azure Blue color on top signifies Ukraine’s great blue skies, while the Gold below denotes the massive fields of grain that cover three-quarters of the country; the flag of Ukraine represents its role as the breadbasket of Europe. A strong symbol of pride, the Ukrainian flag was created in 1848 and has flown high as the national flag of Ukraine for over 30 yearssince Ukraine achieved its independence.
“I’m happy to auction this beautiful guitar of mine to benefit the fine people of Ukraine,” says Paul McCartney. “Hopefully it will help them through this aggressive Russian invasion.”
“It is an honor to represent the brave sovereign state of Ukraine,” says SLASH. “I’m proud to support them during this conflict.”
“Once again, Gibson Gives rises to the occasion!” says Alex Lifeson of RUSH. “I’m proud to count myself in as a supporter of the Guitars For Peace initiative in aid of the people of Ukraine.”
“It’s been heartbreaking to watch the innocent people of Ukraine in such turmoil,” adds Lzzy Hale of Halestorm. “I’m so proud of my Gibson family for stepping up to provide a bit of hope to our fellow humans.”
“For many centuries, music has always played a pivotal role in uniting communities and countries, especially during times of conflict,” says James “JC” Curleigh, President and CEO of Gibson Brands. “Despite the dark circumstances, we stand by our amazing artists with our support to launch ‘Guitars for Peace,’ and to envision a better future for Ukraine and its citizens.”
Above: Slash performing with Guns N’ Roses in June with a Gibson Guitars For Peace Les Paul Custom guitar.
Above: Paul McCartney performs with a custom Gibson Guitars For Peace Les Paul Standard guitar in Syracuse, NY. Photo credit: MJ Kim.
Above: Fher Olvera of Maná performs at the Forum in Los Angeles with a Gibson Guitars For Peace Les Paul Custom guitar.
Above: Alex Lifeson of RUSH is pictured with a Gibson Guitars For Peace Les Paul.
Above: Gibson Ambassador Lzzy Hale of Halestorm is pictured with a Gibson Guitars For Peace Les Paul.
Above: Margo Price is pictured with a Gibson Gives Guitars For Peace Les Paul.
Above: Nile Rogers of Chic with the Gibson Guitars For Peace Les Paul.
Above: Mark Knopfler with the Gibson Guitars For Peace Les Paul.
Above: the Gibson Gives Guitars For Peace T-Shirt. To order the Gibson Gives Guitars For Peace T-Shirt, visit: https://www.bonfire.com/gibson-gives-guitars-for-peace/.
Above: the Gibson USA craftory team in Nashville, TN.
Above: the custom left-handed Gibson Guitars For Peace Les Paul Standard played by Paul McCartney.
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About Gibson Gives:
Gibson Gives works extensively with other non-profits in a 360 degree way, raising the funds, awareness and resources they need the most right now. Gibson Gives partners include MusiCares, The Recording Academy (GRAMMY’s), Save The Music(Gibson launched 15 scholarships for graduating High School seniors), Metro Nashville Public Schools (Gibson donated over $300,000 in gear to outfit school music programs), National Museum of African American Music(Gibson donated proceeds from a charitable auction with Gibson artist Darius Rucker), Guitars For Vets (helping U.S. military veterans with PTSD), Apollo Theater (“Let’s Stay In Together” Concert Event), Women Who Rock (breast cancer research at Magee Women’s Research Institute), Ryan Seacrest Foundation (placed Gibson instruments and KRK studio gear in all of their U.S. hospitals for pediatric patients and offering them music-making lessons to cope with illness), JoyRxMusic® Children’s Cancer Association (arranged music lessons for hospitalized kids and teens facing cancer and serious illness) and the Do it for the Love’ Foundation (a wish-granting non-profit organization for people living with life-threatening illnesses). Gibson Gives became the exclusive stringed instrument provider for the Nashville based non-profit Musicians On Call (who arrange in-room and virtual performances by superstar artists with hospital patients) and donated high-value guitars for auction to support the Teenage Cancer Trust (London, U.K.). Since re-launching in 2019, Gibson Gives has raised over $3.5 million dollars worldwide through its mission to support non-profit organizations in their efforts to advance musicians, youth-focused education, and wellness initiatives. 100% of all donations to and from Gibson Gives–a501(c)(3) organization–go towards giving the gift of music. Gibson Gives is changing lives…one guitar at a time. For more information, visit: www.gibsongives.org.
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