Gibson Announces Donation To Musicians Who Lost Guitars In Tornadoes

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Gibson Guitars is offering to help musicians impacted by deadly tornadoes that struck Middle Tennessee earlier this week.

Severe tornadoes struck the Nashville area Tuesday, killing at least 22 people and injuring upwards of 150 more. An estimated 50,000 homes were destroyed by the storms.

Gibson, which has been headquartered in Nashville for decades, is reaching out through its nonprofit wing, Gibson Gives. The company plans to make donations to guitarists whose instruments were damaged or destroyed in the storms.

Any tornado victim who needs an instrument replaced is encouraged to send a message explaining their situation to Gibson Gives Recovery Plan at donation.request@gibson.com.

"Guitars will be provided at Gibson's sole discretion based on proof of damage or loss," read a statement from the company. "Replacement guitars may be demo models, prototypes, or shop worn across Gibson's family of guitar brands."

The country music world has also answered the call, donating thousands to tornado recover efforts.

More than two years after filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection, Gibson has revitalized its business and its reputation under new leadership.

This summer the company announced a plan to expand its charitable outreach, giving away at least one guitar per day for the next 1,000 days.

In November, the company announced a partnership with the nonprofit Guitars For Vets, in which it donated 48 guitars and over 19,000 sets of strings to veterans learning to play.

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