FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CLEVELAND ROCKS! RAISES $100,208 FOR THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM, CLEVELAND FILM COMMISSION AND THE MUSIC SETTLEMENT
Monday, June 07, 2010

Cleveland, OH—June 06, 2010— Cleveland Rocks!, the public arts project presented by Epiphone Guitar had its Gala Auction event  on Thursday, June 3, 2010 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The Cleveland Rocks! Gala Auction culminated the year-long arts project which brought together the arts and entertainment community in the City of Cleveland for the benefit of local non-profits. The auction featured one-of-a-kind playable* Epiphone art guitars, some of which featured handwritten autographs including Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James, Dave Matthews, Ryan Cabrera, Nickelback, Rascal Flatts, Creed, Lynryrd Skynryd, Peter Frampton and others.  Epiphone and the Gibson Foundation raised $100,208 for the beneficiaries during the high energy event. The Gala Auction was hosted by world renown Julien’s Auctions known for some of the most sought after entertainment memorabilia in the world. Proceeds will be collected and presented to the three beneficiaries, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, The Cleveland Film Commission and the Music Settlement of Cleveland.

All guitars were auctioned off to the highest bidder during the auction event with some bids coming in from as far away as Spain via the phone. Visual artists made special appearances while Cleveland’s own Michael Stanley helped kick off the event. Dave Berryman, President of Gibson Guitar took to the stage prior to the auction preceded by a standing room only performance by recording act, Brother Trouble..



Photo: #1) Celebrity Co-Chair Michael Stanely welcomes the sold out crowd
Photo: #2) Brother Trouble and Michael Stanley prepare to kick off the auction event
Photo: #3) Brother Trouble performs for the sold out crowd prior to bidding
Photo: #4) Cleveland Rocks! Auction Underway, 70 Epiphone Guitars Sold to the highest bidders
Photo: #5) Crowds getting ready and in position to bid
Photo:# 6) Brother Trouble, special performance for Cleveland Rocks!

For more information on Cleveland Rocks!, please visit http://ClevelandRocks.Epiphone.com, www.gibson.com 
  
Contacts: 
Caroline Galloway, Gibson Guitar & Epiphone, 615-423-4904, caroline.galloway@gibson.com
Cie Hoover, Gibson Guitar & Epiphone,   615-260-8835,           cie.hoover@gibson.com

About Gibson Brands:

Gibson Brands, the fastest-growing company in the music and sound industries, was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. Gibson Brands is a global leader in musical instruments, consumer electronics, and professional audio, and is dedicated to bringing the finest experiences to consumers by offering exceptional products with world-recognized brands.

Gibson Brands has a portfolio of over 100 well-recognized brand names starting with the #1 guitar brand, Gibson. Other instrument brands include Epiphone, Dobro, Valley Arts, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Slingerland, Maestro, Baldwin, Hamilton, Chickering and Wurlitzer. In professional audio, KRK Systems, TASCAM, Cerwin-Vega, Stanton, and Cakewalk also continue Gibson’s tradition of quality in their respective markets. Consumer electronics brands include Onkyo, Integra, TEAC, and Esoteric.

Gibson Brands recently expanded its reach into consumer markets with the acquisition of Philips' Home Entertainment based in Hong Kong—a company that invented the cassette tape, the CD format, the DVD format and the MP3 format. Under the Philips and Fidelio brand names, Gibson Brands continue to represent the ideal combination of innovation, tradition and a dedication to improving design while maintaining the highest level of craftsmanship.

A global company, Gibson Brands has manufacturing, marketing and research and development centers throughout the world.

All Gibson Brands are dedicated to innovation, prestige and improving the quality of life and music for its customers. Its goal is to provide the most exceptional customer audio products and experiences in the world.

Contacts:

Maureen O’Connor/Eileen Thompson-Ray/Joe Schneider
Rogers & Cowan
310-854-8116/310-854-8137/310-854-8140
moconnor@rogersandcowan.com        
ethompson-ray@rogersandcowan.com
jschneider@rogersandcowan.com