Amid the COVID-19 cancellations and postponements, musicians and bands around the world are now facing, for the first time ever, not being able to step foot on a stage. The iconic, American-made instrument brand Gibson has announced “HomeMade Sessions” to support musicians and partners to use the healing powers of music in the safe spaces of our homes to help unite fans and musicians around the globe.
“As world leaders in music, we are stepping in and bringing both legendary and new artists, music brands and industry partners together across the globe to launch ‘Gibson HomeMade’; a worldwide program to unite music lovers everywhere and spread hope through tough times,” says Cesar Gueikian, Chief Merchant Officer of Gibson.
Gibson has been known to help shape, create, inspire, and contribute to the “shape of sound” for over 100 years, and hope to continue their mission by immediately supporting musicians and their ongoing projects while practicing social distancing. Artist performances, featured interviews, and intimate conversations from Gibson, Epiphone, and Kramer musicians all around the world can be watched and shared via Gibson TV, YouTube, and Gibson’s respected social media channels. Jared James Nichols, Jackie Venson, and Halestorm are among some of the first “HomeMade Sessions” artists to debut the new video series.
HomeMade Music Sessions: Jared James Nichols
“Tune in, sit down and enjoy a heaping course of Gibson HomeMade Sounds!…and feel free to join in to add your own flavor of sonic sauce and stay safe,” says ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons.
To further spread love and light during these tough times impacting the music industry as a whole, Gibson TV is partnering with MusicCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund. This fund offers financial support to musicians and music industry professionals during times of economic crisis.
“When times are tough and uncertain, music provides a comfort and dependability we all need,” says Warren Haynes. “Music unites us all, even when we are apart and ‘socially distanced.’”
Gibson is also teaming up with Gibson Gives, Sweetwater.com, and Amped Guitar Learning to offer new users three free months of premium access membership. With the cancellation of events throughout the world, people are finding more free time to dive into the things they didn’t have time to before, such as learning and excelling in a new instrument. Members are able to sharpen their guitar skills with Amped Guitar, created by guitar teachers and built on Audio Augmented Reality. A limited quantity of subscriptions are available now on the Apple APP store worldwide. You can register your profile and begin playing today here.
“In these unprecedented and uncertain times, we all could use a little inspiration for each other and for ourselves,” James ‘JC’ Curleigh, CEO of Gibson says. “With Gibson Gives, Sweetwater, and Amped, we are literally providing that inspiration and opportunity for anyone who loves music and has always wanted to learn to play guitar.”
With a free three-month premium membership, players will have access to a full learning curriculum with multiple genres, hundreds of guided lessons, immersive playing experience to keep you motivated, step-by-step guidance based on augmented reality, real-time feedback, tracked progress, iRig plug-in to perform for friends, and more.
Gibson is encouraging the use of social tags #HomeMadeMusic and #GibsonHomeMade to ignite the conversation on social media and support musicians and the music industry during this time. For more information, visit Gibson’s website.