In order to benefit students attending Cuba’s National School of Arts, Gibson Gives, Gibson’s philanthropic arm, donated 52 instruments, gear, and equipment.
It is difficult for Cubans to obtain even simple musical supplies like guitar strings. The National School of Arts received 100 sets of guitar strings, 52 Epiphone acoustic guitars, and 100 guitar picks from Gibson. The gifting and celebration were attended by students and representatives of Havana elementary schools and conservatories. In the coming months, Gibson will donate 100 more Epiphone guitars to the school.
“We have expanded our global growth at Gibson Gives over the past year, reaching corners of the globe we never thought possible,” says Dendy Jarrett, Executive Director of Gibson Gives. “After two years of negotiations, we are excited to bring music and much-needed gear for the first time to youth in the music and art schools who have limited supplies. Cuban music and songwriting have such a rich music history and a global impact; we are thrilled to be a small part of ensuring this tradition continues to thrive with the next generation.”
For this donation, Gibson partnered with Gibson Gives Goodwill Ambassador Derek Walker, who delivered the instruments and gear onsite. Also on hand for the reception was Zulema Armas, Deputy Director of Communication and International Relations of the National Center of Art Schools, who stated, “By putting musical instruments such as these high-quality guitars in the hands of our aspiring artists, you are also contributing to the development of young talent that will go on to perform on the main stages in the future, making the world a more beautiful place with their creative and vital force.”
About Gibson Gives:
For over 130 years, the iconic American instrument brand Gibson has been shaping sound across generations and genres. Gibson and its charitable arm Gibson Gives, believe in the power of music and that getting instruments into the hands of those with a desire to make music is a life-changing event. Gibson Gives–a 501(c)(3), is committed to making the world a better place by supporting non-profit organizations in their efforts to advance musicians, youth-focused education, music, and wellness initiatives. 100% of all donations to and from Gibson Gives go towards giving the gift of music. In the last three years, Gibson Gives has raised over $3.5 million dollars worldwide through its mission. Gibson Gives believes investing in music education will yield better people, better leaders, and a better world. Gibson Gives is changing lives…one guitar at a time. For more information, visit: http://www.gibsongives.org