RUSH Guitarist Alex Lifeson and Gibson Donate Funds and Guitars to Nashville – Music Connection Magazine
Legendary RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson the The Gibson Team, and representatives of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Vanderbilt and Room in the hostel, gathered for a special event at GIBSON GARAGE–the ultimate guitar experience and musical destination in the heart of downtown Nashville, Music City USA. Alex Lifeson, and Gibson gives—by Gibson goal-oriented philanthropic arm – donated funds directly to two local organizations that offer vital resources for the people of Nashville: Monroe Carell and Room In The Inn. In addition, Gibson has donated guitars and equipment for music therapy programs at the hospital and Room at the inn.
Alex Lifeson donates current and ongoing music royalties on sales of his recent signing Epiphone Les Paul Axcess Guitarand Gibson gives gives funds directly to each charity. In addition, Gibson gives donated guitars and much-needed music equipment to the hospital’s music therapy programs and Room In The Inn that greatly improve the lives of patients and residents.
The certified music therapists of Monroe Carell work with children and their families, using music in unique ways to help each child with chronic pain, physical rehabilitation, psychiatric symptoms, end of life, procedural support and adjustment to hospitalization and disease. Music therapists work as part of the medical team to support the whole patient and design music therapies specifically for each patient’s medical diagnoses, course of treatment, and discharge schedule.
Through his single comprehensive service site for homeless people, Room In The Inn works closely with other service providers and community partners to meet the needs of Nashville’s most vulnerable neighbors. Room In The Inn offers on-site and mobile meal programs, recovery services for those recovering from addiction and mental health issues, showers and personal care, phone and computer access, secure storage, transportation to medical appointments, bus passes, etc., food stamp assistance, laundry, courier, legal clinic, haircuts, housing and utility drop-off assistance, health , teaching life and work skills and hobbies. For more information visit: roomintheinn.org/.
Gibson has a strong focus on giving back and supporting the global music community through its goal-oriented philanthropic arm, Gibson gives. The mission of Gibson Gives is to create, grow and support nonprofit organizations in their efforts to advance musicians, youth-focused education, music and wellness initiatives. 100% of all donations to and from Gibson Gives–a 501(c)(3) organization–go to the gift of music. Over the past three years, Gibson gives raised over $3.5 million worldwide for non-profit organizations around the world. For more information visit: gibsongives.org.
“I feel very fortunate to be able to partner with Gibson Gives to support the important and never-ending work that Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital and Room In The Inn provide for the needs of those less fortunate,” says Alex Lifeson. “It is heartbreaking to witness the struggles of a brave child struggling with a heartless illness or the destitute soul struggling with homelessness and despair. If we can lend a helping hand through our support to provide even a moment’s respite, so we did our duty to the community. I intend to continue my support in hopes of creating a better world.
|Above (LR): Dendy Jarrett (Executive Director, Gibson Gives), Dr. John Thomas (Chief of Staff, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Vanderbilt), Erica Krusen (Senior Director, Cultural Influence, Gibson Brands) , James “JC” Curleigh (President and CEO, Gibson Brands), Alex Lifeson, Beth Heidt (VP of Cultural Influence-Global, Gibson Brands) and front row Rachel Hester (Executive Director, Room In The Inn) and Melanie Barnett (Community Director, Room In The Inn). Photo credit: Terry Wyatt|