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Guitar Center and Converse Announce 2nd Annual 'Get Out of the Garage'


Los Angeles, CA - Today, Guitar Center and Converse Inc. announce the launch of the second annual Get Out of the Garage artist discovery program offering emerging musicians the chance to launch their career and attain national recognition. At stake is a prize package offering a chance to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which airs weeknights at 10:35 |11:35 CT pm ABC, studio time at the state-of-the-art Converse Rubber Tracks Recording studio in Brooklyn, new gear, $25,000 cash and more.

Martin Guitar Plants First Wildlife Garden as Part of a New Conservation Landscape Inititive

C.F. Martin & Co., Inc., (Martin Guitar), in Nazareth, was first to take advantage of new funding available for conservation landscaping projects in the Lehigh Valley. About two hundred native shrubs and perennials were installed near the entrance of the famous guitar facility, and Martin Guitar added another forty-five plants on their own. The new plantings feature an interpretive sign that explains the wildlife value of the new garden. “I wanted this garden right near our main entrance where people can see it,” said Chris Martin, owner of Martin Guitar, during the official garden opening earlier this week.

Author Signing: C.F. Martin & Co. Featured in New Book

Telling a story in pictures is C.F. Martin & Co., the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book by author and Martin employee Dick Boak, with a Foreword by C.F. Martin IV, is set to release on August 18, 2014. The book boasts 200 vintage images, many of which have never been published, and chronicles the evolution of the iconic family guitar business.

Thomas Rhett Strikes a Chord with Martin Guitar

Nashville, TN – C.F. Martin & Co., Inc. proudly invites hit singer/songwriter THOMAS RHETT into their prestigious Martin Ambassador Program today, which honors musicians for their understanding and appreciation of the guitar's history and craftsmanship. The CMA New Artist of the Year nominee had the unique opportunity to visit their factory in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, last week before a tour stop to meet Martin's craftsmen and women, marketing team and Martin's Chief Product Officer, Fred Greene, to begin discussions on his Custom guitar. He joins a roster of artists across multiple genres, including Ed Sheeran, The Avett Brothers, Colbie Caillat, Jason Isbell, Hunter Hayes, Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury, The Milk Carton Kids, James Valentine of Maroon 5, to name a few.

In Honor of World Elephant Day - Martin D-28 Guitar (left-handed) Autographed by Paul McCartney to #SaveElephants, Benefitting The Nature Conservancy

Arlington, VA – One of the most beloved Singer/Songwriters of all time is helping save one of the world’s most beloved species in honor of World Elephant Day.

The Nature Conservancy will auction a Martin D-28 (left-handed) guitar autographed by Sir Paul McCartney provided by Martin Guitar, founding sponsor of The Nature Conservancy’s #SaveElephants initiative tomorrow at 9 am Eastern. You can learn more about bidding on this one of a kind guitar at

Sir Paul has worked passionately for decades to make the world a better place for animals. In a nod to Woody Guthrie’s famous guitar, Sir Paul wrote “This Guitar Saves Elephants” on this gorgeous Martin D-28 that is left-handed like Sir Paul plays. A fitting slogan since the funds raised will be directed to The Nature Conservancy’s African Elephant Initiative, a global effort to work with partners in Africa, China, and elsewhere to increase security for elephants on the ground and to reduce demand for ivory.

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