Gibson Guitar, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, was named to THE BCA TEN: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America, sponsored by the Business Committee for the Arts, Inc. (BCA) and FORBES Magazine.  It was recognized for co-creating Music Rising, a campaign created  to replace instruments and to rebuild music initiatives in schools and churches lost during Hurricane Katrina; for creating GuitarTown, a public arts project that partners visual artists with music celebrities to design 10-foot tall guitar sculptures, which are auctioned to raise funds for various charitable causes and for its support of numerous not-for-profit music and arts organizations including the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, GRAMMY Foundation, Music Educators National Conference (MENC), International Society of Music Education (ISME), The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, VH-1 Save The Music and many others; and for taking a leading role in bringing music into schools and to underserved children.

"Gibson Guitar has always been passionate about the arts and the community.  Through our philanthropic outreach programs, we are able to give back to many in need while fostering the advancement of the arts and music throughout the world," said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO, Gibson Guitar Corp. "We are very honored to have been named one of this year's BCA TEN."

THE BCA TEN was initiated by BCA in 2005 to recognize ten companies for their exceptional support of the arts in the United States.  In addition to Gibson Guitar, the other companies on THE BCA TEN – 2007 are: The Boeing Company, Chicago, IL, The Boldt Company, Appleton, WI, Deutsche Bank, New York, NY, Masco Corporation, Taylor, MI, McQuiddy Printing Company, Nashville, TN, QUALCOMM Incorporated, San Diego, CA, Shell Exploration & Production Company, Houston, TX, Shugoll Research, Bethesda, MD, The Travelers Companies, Inc., St. Paul, MN.

“These ten companies are in the forefront of providing the arts with cash and non-cash support, as well as incorporating the arts in their employee, customer and community relations,” said Judith A. Jedlicka, President, Business Committee for the Arts, Inc.  “And, they are leaders in developing and sustaining arts education initiatives, workplace art collections, plus exhibition and performance spaces, all of which enriches the lives of millions of Americans in communities large and small from coast-to-coast.”

The announcement of THE BCA TEN was made by Tony Nominated Broadway Star Brad Oscar during a black-tie gala attended by business and arts leaders from across the United States held at the New-York Historical Society, New York, New York.

For information about BCA and its programs and events, please visit www.bcainc.org.