Nashville, TN (March 10, 2020)—In the wake of last week’s devastating tornado that tore through East Nashville on Tuesday, March 3, numerous music industry entities large and small have stepped up to aid music pros affected during this time of tornado recovery.
Entertainment content and asset preservation experts Iron Mountain Entertainment Services are offering up to 60 days of free storage at the company’s Nashville facility for studio equipment, musical instruments, or media that have been displaced by the storms, while tornado recovery takes place.
For those facilities that have masters and other media assets that may have been damaged as a result of the disaster, IMES has offered to conduct free appraisals. If the appraisals are used for insurance purposes, once the claims have been processed, IMES offers to help coordinate and provide remediation or restoration services in its L.A. and New Jersey studio facilities. Interested parties should contact Brian Towle ([email protected]), IMES sales director, NA, and global head of Operations.
“Nashville is not only one of the most passionate music communities on the planet, but also it has the highest concentration of artists, engineers and producers in the world. The events of March 3 affected the music community deeply,” said Lance Podell, SVP and GM of Iron Mountain Entertainment Services. “Our goal is to help Nashville’s music community get back on its feet as quickly as possible, and we have a dedicated team of specialists on the ground to work with and advise those affected by this catastrophe in individualized ways.”
Nashville may also have one of the highest concentrations of guitars as well. To that end, Gibson Gives, the 501(c)(3) charity run by Gibson Brands aims to provide guitars to local musicians in need. “Our goal is to get a guitar back into the hands of anyone who has had their guitar damaged or destroyed in the recent Tennessee storm,” says Dendy Jarrett, executive director of Gibson Gives. “As a Nashville, Tennessee-based company, we are also engaging with our artists and other partners to provide support across many areas.”
Interested parties should contact the Gibson Gives Guitar Recovery Plan through [email protected] with their story. Guitars will be provided at Gibson’s sole discretion based on proof of damage or loss. Replacement guitars may be demo models, prototypes or shop worn across Gibson’s family of guitar brands. The effort is part of Gibson Gives’ ongoing effort to donate 1,000 guitars between 2019 and the end of 2021.
Local music scenes are made out of local people, however, and they, too, want to help those affected during tornado recovery. Regional guitar restoration outfit Jack’s Guitarcheology posted on Instagram the day after the tornado, “My heart goes out to all my friends, loved ones and fellow Tennesseans that lost their homes and businesses to this horrible tragedy. In an effort to help, I am offering free repairs for any instruments damaged in the tornado, and if it cannot be restored, I will part out your instruments at the highest cost possible, free of commission. Once I get some new inventory up, I will be running a sale and donating a percentage of the proceeds to the tornado relief fund. If there is anything I can do to help you, let me know and I will do all I can.” The offer stands through September, 2020.