Zac Brown Band is all about making art – and not just with their music.
The band has teamed up with local artists to create one-of-a-kind guitars that are works of art themselves. Brown played these guitars throughout his 2015 tour and is now auctioning them off to raise money for his charity, Camp Southern Ground.
Working with tour sponsor Bai Beverages to curate The Guitar Project, Brown tapped artists from all over the country, “each with a unique and moving story,” he tells PEOPLE.
“One of the artists, Seth Chwast, was diagnosed with autism as a child,” says Brown. “I was incredibly inspired by him and his art, and to see him overcome his challenges and be able to share his unique gifts is the essence of what Camp Southern Ground is all about.”
Proceeds from the guitar auction will benefit Brown’s other passion project, Camp Southern Ground, a non-profit that gives children with academic, social and emotional difficulties the chance to learn life skills and teamwork in a positive, healthy and organic environment.
“When I was a child I attended a camp that integrated kids from different backgrounds,” says Brown, 37. “I learned a great deal both as a camper and then as a counselor, and those experiences shaped who I am today.
“I see music as a platform that allows me to create something meaningful that will affect the lives of so many people today and long after I’m gone. My vision is for Camp Southern Ground to help kids of all different backgrounds overcome academic, social and emotional difficulties, while helping their families and spreading a positive message. I’ve been blessed with an amazing gift and the Camp is a way for me to give back.”
The Guitar Project auction can be found on eBay and begins Feb. 1, 2016.