NASHVILLE, TN (August 19, 2021) Gibson Gives, the philanthropic arm of Gibson—the iconic American guitar brand–has teamed up with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF) for the next installment of The Nashville Sessions–a virtual concert series for children’s hospital patients across America. The virtual concert will be available at all 11 closed-circuit hospital networks for Seacrest Studios partner hospitals in September.
The Nashville Sessions concert features performances and interviews with multi-platinum selling, recording artist-songwriter and ACM “New Male Artist of the Year” award winner Jimmie Allen, ACM “New Female Artist of the Year” award-winning multi-platinum singer-songwriter Lauren Alaina, and next-generation country music star Jillian Jacqueline, on location at the all-new Gibson Garage, which offers music fans the ultimate guitar experience–in the heart of downtown Nashville, Music City USA. The artists perform several songs and talk about the inspiring stories behind their music in sit-down interviews. This installment of The Nashville Sessions will also feature a behind-the-scenes tour of the Gibson Garage, with Gibson’s President and CEO, James “JC” Curleigh.
Watch and share the trailer for The Nashville Sessions, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7yPbKGmAW0
“I believe that children are our future. I believe we must invest in our future,” says Jimmie Allen. “Spending time giving back to children is something I always look forward to. I’m thankful to Gibson, and the Seacrest Foundation, for making that happen.”
“We are so grateful for Gibson’s ongoing support,” said Meredith Seacrest, Executive Director & COO for the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. “So many of the patients and families our partner hospitals serve have benefited from guitar donations and specialty headphone donations over the years. We’re thrilled they will now get to experience the heartbeat of Gibson, by virtually touring the Gibson Garage and watching one-of-a-kind performances.”
“Music has always found a way to inspire, and now we are set to take this to another level with the Nashville Sessions,” says James “JC” Curleigh, President and CEO of Gibson Brands. “Our partnership with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation will help bring virtual concerts to kids in challenging situations and hopefully brighten their day.”
“Putting music in front of patients has been proven to be a beneficial part of the healing process,” says Dendy Jarrett, Executive Director of Gibson Gives. “Gibson through Gibson Gives is excited to be able to contribute to the great work the Ryan Seacrest Foundation does by bringing music inside hospitals through their Seacrest Studios and in-room broadcasts.”
“When we have new talent join the Gibson artist family it’s important that they have a deep philanthropic passion and are willing to give back,” adds Heather Freeland, Entertainment Relations North America (Nashville), Gibson Brands. “Having our amazing artists showcase their talent for organizations like the Ryan Seacrest Foundation in partnership with Gibson Gives is a perfect example of how we can work together to bring the healing power of music forward, one guitar at a time.”
The Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education focused initiatives. RSF’s first initiative is to build broadcast media centers, named Seacrest Studios, within pediatric hospitals for patients to explore the creative realms of radio, television, and new media. RSF believes access to multimedia experiences brings patients exciting and stimulating adventures to encourage optimistic thoughts during treatment. RSF started working with Gibson Gives in 2019, and since then, Gibson has donated over $10,500 in guitars and headphones to all Seacrest Studios.
The philanthropic arm of Gibson, the mission of Gibson Gives is to create, develop and 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–a 501(c)(3) organization–go towards giving the gift of music. Since re-launching in 2019, Gibson Gives has raised over $2.5 million dollars worldwide through its mission. Gibson Gives is changing lives…one guitar at a time. For more information, visit: www.gibsongives.org.