At M3 technology Group, we love supporting all kinds of different projects for our customers – but we’re excited to share one of the coolest. Belmont University was recently gifted 500 unique guitars and mandolins from collector Steven Shaw, 100 of which will be displayed in the new Gallery of Iconic Guitars (GIG.) The GIG was unveiled this past Tuesday, with County music stars Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs on hand to open new exhibit. M3 worked on the design, acoustics, and technology integration for the space.

About the room:

“It’s a treasure,” says Doug Howard, dean of Belmont’s Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. “Our students don’t really know yet the treasure that we have in store for them. The students that come here often are really trained, really competitive, but they want to take it to that next level. It’s hard in life to think about a situation where you’d have an opportunity to check out and play some of the really finest instruments that have ever been made.”

M3 Technology Group Sr. Account Manager, Keith Martin and Project Manager, Dustin Waldrop lead the project for Belmont. Technologies deployed include sound reinforcement and video recording for capturing live performances within the space, as well as ties the post-production suite within the R. Milton and Denice Johnson Center. M3 provided A/V technologies to this robust facility as well in 2015, which includes a 250-seats theater and classrooms, labs, performance spaces, production spaces and research rooms for the music business, motion pictures and media studies programs. For more on this, click here.

To say that the GIG offers an incredible experience to guitar lovers is an understatement. Check out the below video for the kick off performance. To read more about the GIG, including admission information, and to hear a great audio piece from Nashville Public Radio, click here.