Joao Salomao for Gibson and VH1

The project pairs musicians with visual artists to create one-of-a-kind Les Pauls that will be auctioned later this year.

Miley CyrusChris StapletonMark Ronson and more are helping celebrate the VH1 Save the Music Foundation's 20th anniversary with custom Gibson guitars to raise awareness and funds for music education. 

The project in partnership with the Gibson Foundation recruited 20 musicians and 20 visual artists to create axes that are as much art pieces as musical instruments. Each Les Paul will be auctioned through Julien's Auctions in October with all proceeds benefiting VH1 Save The Music Foundation in its mission to expand public access to music education for children. 

Other musicians involved include Shawn MendesAerosmith's Joe PerryWyclef JeanGary Clark, Jr.Jim James of My Morning JacketPatti Smith and Nile Rodgers, among others. The project's artists include D*Face, Dabs Myla, ThankYouX, LolaBlu, Fleetwood Covington and more. See a full list of participants below. 

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"It's incredibly important to keep music in the schools as well as all the arts," said Perry in a statement. "Kids need to be exposed to music as early as possible. As in all the arts it creates an outlet for their creativity. Having Music in school helped me find my calling."

"For VH1 Save The Music's 20th Anniversary, we created a project with Gibson that celebrates the impact we've had in over 2,000 schools since 1997, combining music, creativity and the power of those to change children's lives," added Henry Donahue, executive director of VH1 Save The Music Foundation. "We've brought together twenty inspiring musical artists with twenty innovative visual artists to create twenty unique Gibson Les Pauls. We're incredibly grateful to the musicians, artists, and Gibson artisans who've collaborated to make these works of art."

Futura XO Artist Capsule for The Weeknd

Official Press Release:

The Weeknd and Futura have joined forces to proudly present a limited-edition XO artist capsule collection, celebrating The Weeknd’s 2017 Starboy Legend of The Fall World Tour. 

The collection leverages Futura’s iconic handstyle and character drawings, rendering powerful gestures and plays on The Weeknd’s iconography, XO brand logos, and  Starboy album lyrics and color palette. 

Launching exclusively at Union Los Angeles on Friday April 28th, the sprawling capsule includes Alpha Industries MA-1 bomber jackets, Levi’s denim jackets featuring embrodiery, skate decks, caps, and an array of hoodies and tees. Los Angeles will feature several styles available in an LA-exclusive red color way, as well as the larger, multi-city, black color capsule. 

As is the case with later tour dates, the collection will also be available in LA at The Weeknd’s stadium show (The Forum) this weekend (April 29th and 30th). After the LA tour dates, the capsule collection will also have pop-up retail releases, powered by Bravado, to correspond with The Weeknd’s  tour dates in Toronto (May 26th) and New York (June 6th and 7th).   

Futura, alongside his artist management and design agency ICNCLST, collaborated with The Weeknd and his XO creative braintrust to create this exciting artist capsule collection. From initial color stories and patterns, to graphical layouts and logo re-designs, the teams worked with one another to create a collection that would celebrate Futura’s iconic art style and The Weeknd’s powerful sonic and aesthetic identity. This project was a fully synergistic collaboration, with the unified team collaborating across all functions of creative inspiration, art direction, creative direction, and design.