The Les Paul Foundation Wins 2016 Telly AwardJuly 6, 2016 by Les Paul Foundation
Les Paul 100th Anniversary “Makin History” Video Wins 2016 Bronze Telly Award – Non Broadcast Charitable Category
The Les Paul Foundation, whose mission is to honor and share the life, spirit and legacy of Les Paul through the generations has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Tell Award for their Les Paul 100th Anniversary “Makin History” promotional video. The Telly Awards honors the very best in Film & Video productions, groundbreaking online video content, and local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs. The Les Paul Foundation, along with Executive Producer Michael Braunstein, has been awarded the 2016 Bronze Telly Award for Exceptional Promotional video –Non-Broadcast Charitable category. The foundation was chosen out of over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Founded in 1979, The Telly Awards is the premier award for film and video production. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising, production companies, television stations, cable operators and video departments in the world. The Les Paul Foundation joins other prestigious 2016 award recipients including AOL Studios, CBS Interactive, Comcast, Conde Nast, Discovery Communications, ESPN, FOX, Hearst, HuffPost, Microsoft, Time Warner, The History Channel and many more.
“Makin History” is a music video for online and social media promotions that was created to promote Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience which launched the official 100th Anniversary of Les Paul on June 9, 2015 in Times Square New York. The video features the 53’ interactive experience parked at 43rd and Broadway along with an all-star jam session on stage featuring some of the world’s greatest guitarists and musical artists including Steve Miller, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Neal Schon, Johnny A, Warren Haynes and others. View the winning video below!
The Les Paul Foundation launched the first annual Les Paul Spirit Award at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival awarding Bob Weir, co-founder of The Grateful Dead, with the honor. Aside from the award several activations were produced on-site bringing awareness to the many contributions of Les Paul to the music industry. Additionally the Les Paul Foundation has awarded grants to organizations such as Little Kids Rock, Soulsville Academy, Guitars for Vets, H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers), Fairhope Education Enrichment Foundation, The GRAMMY® Foundation, The College of Saint Rose, Les Paul Middle School, The Waukesha County Museum, The Mahwah Museum, Discovery World, Hearing Health Foundation of New York and many others. Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience completed its year-long U.S. tour and is now producing an interactive installation of the experience elements at Milwaukee’s Discovery World for guests to enjoy for a full year.