Foundation Initiatives


GuitarTown
Paul McCartney
signing for London.

Rod Stewart for
London GuitarTown

Nashville GuitarTown sculptures
on display in front of BMI



Gibson GuitarTown is a time tested, public arts project, featuring ten-foot tall, artistically decorated fiberglass Gibson guitars. The iconic sculptures are displayed in selected cities to increase awareness for the role music literacy plays in fostering productive and creative youth and, ultimately, to raise funds for mission-based Gibson Foundation charities in the host city.

Some of the cities which have anchored Gibson GuitarTown include: Nashville, Austin, West Hollywood, Orlando, Miami, and Waukesha (Wisconsin).


Mayor Wynn and Austin GuitarTown
Steering Committee Chair Ray Benson
(both center) with Steering Committee.

Slash & Ozzy Osbourne for
GutarTown Sunset Strip


Les Paul Innovation Award Gibson Foundation, in honor of les Paul, has funded a major innovation initiative at Belmont University to be called “The Les Paul Music Innovation Award” (Powered by Gibson). This program will provide annual funds to faculty and students of the College of Entertainment & Music Business at Belmont.

“The Les Paul Music Innovation Award” (powered by Gibson) honors the life and contributions of Les Paul by funding research for faculty and students, inspiring the next generation of industry leaders to express innovation and creativity to strengthen the music economy.

“Les’ life and name are synonymous with talent, quality and creativity,” commented Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman/CEO, Gibson Brands. “To honor his legacy of being one of the best music innovators of all time, we are assisting the future generations of

“We give our most sincere thanks to the Gibson Foundation for their generous gift bearing the name of Les Paul, a true visionary and creative genius who possessed an unmatched entrepreneurial spirit and who will inspire and support yet another generation,” stated Doug Howard, Dean of the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, Belmont University.

Les became an internationally celebrated jazz, country and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier and inventor. He is widely considered to be the single most important figure in the mass popularization of the solid-body electric guitar and is perhaps best known today for the iconic instrument he designed, the Gibson Les Paul electric guitar. He is also credited with developing many modern-day recording innovations including overdubbing, tape delay, phasing effects and multitrack recording and his innovative talents in design, songwriting and guitar playing continue to influence modern day guitarists across the world in nearly every genre of music. Among his many honors, Paul is the only person to be included in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Employee Participation "Team Gibson Foundation made strides for this year’s kick off fall fundraiser. We conquered the 5K around Vanderbilt’s campus at the 2015 Heart Walk and the 5K in downtown Nashville at the 2015 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Employees joined together and donated over $2,500 to support American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. Keep up the great work Gibson Employees and thank you for going the extra mile!!"

"We at the Gibson Foundation are at our best when we offer both our hand of support and our heart.

Gibson Foundation supports the strong good that Tennessee Oncology does for cancer patients in our own backyard. But our own Gibson staff wanted to help as well. So to help ease the treatment fight just a little, we delivered snacks and headgear (baseball caps and beanies) for those undergoing chemo.

This yearly event allows employees to meet great people and let them know they are not alone fighting this battle."