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Farm Aid 2014 Celebrates Innovation of Family Farmers; Cites N.C. as Example of Adaptability

September 2014

Sold-Out Benefit Festival, Featuring Nelson, Mellencamp, Young, Matthews and Other Top Artists, Highlights Growing Food System Paradigm Shift

Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina family farmers are building a farm and food system that is fair for all and strengthens our health, our environment and our economy, despite barriers like discrimination, loss of farmland and corporate control.

With the celebratory backdrop of a family farm food and music festival, North Carolina family farmers were the first to take the Farm Aid stage. Signifying the historic resilience of farm families, they shared personal stories of perseverance, determination, adaptability and innovation, demonstrating that the food system is changing and that a family farm-centered system of agriculture is the only way forward.

Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews honored the good work family farmers are doing in North Carolina and across the country. They called on eaters to choose family farm food and join the efforts to keep building a family farm food system. More than 20,000 fans attended the sold-out event, hosted at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“North Carolina farmers have faced much adversity in the past and to this day, but they have never given up their strong connections to the land,” said Nelson, president and founder of Farm Aid. “Farm Aid is proud to amplify their voices and show the whole country what can be accomplished when we work together. These family farmers are showing us the way forward.”

Speaking about family farming in North Carolina were Scott Marlow of the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA; Craig Watts, poultry farmer in Fairmont, North Carolina; Kay Doby of Hot Shot Goat Farm in Cameron, North Carolina; Russ Vollmer, an organic farmer who transitioned from growing tobacco to growing good food in Bunn, North Carolina; and dairy farmers Dorathy and Phillip Barker of Olusanya Farm andOperation Spring Plant, Inc. in Oxford, North Carolina. They were joined by Nelson, Mellencamp, Young and Matthews.

“More people than ever are directly supporting family farmers through farmers markets and other direct markets — and that’s good,” said Farm Aid Communications Director Jennifer Fahy. “Our job now is to inspire eaters to dig deeper and work for the systemic change our farm and food system needs to truly benefit all of us.”

More than 20,000 concertgoers had the chance to experience family farm food through Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Concessions®. Traditional concert menu items, such as burgers, hotdogs, peanuts and corndogs, were sourced from organic, local, sustainably raised sources. Additional menu items reflected the Southern culinary tradition and local foods, such as BBQ chicken and pork, and North Carolina shrimp and grits. Seasonal menu items included local grilled corn, peaches, muscadine grapes and apples sold at the HOMEGROWN Youthmarket.

Concert attendees also found inspiration at Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village, which featured hands-on activities about issues like corporate power in our food system, protection of our land and water, GMOs, and sustainable fisheries. They learned agrarian skills, such as seed saving, shellfish shucking, and making pepper jelly. Farm Aid partnered with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina to help meet the needs of the hungry across the region by collecting nonperishable food items from concertgoers at the main entrances to Walnut Creek Amphitheatre.

Farm Aid 2014 featured performances by Nelson, Mellencamp, Young and Matthews — who performed with Tim Reynolds — as well as Jack White, Gary Clark Jr., Jamey Johnson, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Delta Rae, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter, Todd Snider, Insects vs. Robots, Raelyn Nelson Band and Jesse Lenat.

Farm Aid 2014 airs live on AXS TV from 7 to 11 p.m. EDT and at www.farmaid.org from 5 to 11 p.m. Willie Nelson’s SiriusXM channel (59), Willie’s Roadhouse, also airs the show live from noon to 11 p.m. Farm Aid’s official festival app allowed users to view the entire Farm Aid 2014 schedule and add artists, workshops and artist briefings to make their own personal schedule for the day.

Farm Aid 2014 was sponsored by Amy’s Kitchen, Rudi’s Bakery, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Horizon Organic, Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley Coop, Applegate, PRO*ACT, Garden of Eatin’, Greener Fields Together, Brooks Contractor, PLOTSAVER, Big Boss, Lonerider and StubHub.

Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $45 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

Food From Family Farms Stars at Farm Aid 2014

September 2014

North Carolina Farmers, Businesses and Organizations
Bring Local Flavors to All-Day Music Festival

Raleigh, N.C. — Farm Aid 2014, at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre on Sept. 13, will bring together an all-star lineup and more than 20,000 fans to shine a spotlight on good food and family farmers.

North Carolina farmers, businesses and nonprofit organizations are pitching in to provide concertgoers with family farm experiences that showcase the stories of food and farming in North Carolina. Farm Aid reached out to local farmers and companies to source family farm ingredients for HOMEGROWN Concessions®. Local and regional farm groups will present interactive exhibits in Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village, engaging concertgoers in the work family farmers do to protect our communities, our environment and our health. A limited edition T-shirt was grown and sewn in the Carolinas. Concertgoers can pitch in by supporting a food drive at Farm Aid 2014 to support those in need.

Information about the local flavor at Farm Aid 2014:

  • HOMEGROWN Concessions® at Farm Aid 2014 will bring family farm-sourced foods to more than 20,000 concertgoers at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre. Concession vendors include regular concert vendors and select vendors invited specifically for the Farm Aid event. All vendors must adhere to Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN criteria when sourcing their supplies and ingredients. Menu items include burgers, hotdogs and corndogs, pork BBQ, shrimp and grits, local lamb, and Italian ice featuring North Carolina fruit. Seasonal menu items include grilled local corn and garden salads. Dessert offerings include hand pies, specialty coffees, doughnuts and ice cream.
  • HOMEGROWN Youthmarket will sell fresh fruit from local farms, plus cherry tomatoes, smoked dried sausage, peanuts, pecans and “personal watermelons,” all purchased at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh. Sales at the stand will be conducted by local North Carolina youth and youth from New York City.
  • Farm Aid 2014 will feature a dozen North Carolina craft beers, including Big Boss and Lonerider.
  • In 2012, Farm Aid pioneered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for culinary instructors to expose their students to hands-on, professional, live, catered food service using family-farmed fresh foods. At Farm Aid 2014, culinary students from Wake Technical Community College will work in backstage catering alongside professors Chef Fredi Morf and Chef Jane Broden, as well as provide front-of-house hospitality.
  • Farm Aid is partnering with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina to help meet the needs of the hungry in 34 North Carolina counties by collecting nonperishable food items from concertgoers at the main entrances to Walnut Creek Amphitheatre. Concertgoers can bring nonperishable food and non-food items that are in boxes, cans or plastic bottles (no glass). Suggested nonperishable donation items include canned tuna and protein, canned fruits and vegetables, cereal, whole grain pasta and rice, and peanut butter. Non-food items, such as personal hygiene products and paper products, are also needed.

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina for over 33 years. Last year, the organization distributed more than 53 million pounds of food and non-food essentials. Through partnerships with local growers and packers, the Food Bank distributed more than 16 million pounds of fresh produce last year, a figure that has more than doubled over the past four years. Learn more at www.foodbankcenc.org. 

  • Farm Aid has partnered with TS Designs to bring concertgoers a special edition Farm Aid T-shirt that is made with organic North Carolina cotton and manufactured in the Carolinas. The T-shirt is sponsored in part by Chipotle Mexican Grill. The creation of this shirt supports more than 500 jobs in a little less than 750 miles. By tracing and telling the story of the entire supply chain, Farm Aid seeks transparency from farm to table and from dirt to shirt. To learn more about the process and pre-order a shirt, visit: www.farmaid.org/NCShirt.
  • Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village (from noon to 5:30 p.m.) will feature hands-on activities that give concertgoers a chance to meet farmers, dig in and learn about the ways family farmers are growing good food for all of us. From aquaponics, fracking and sustainability to taking a mini-farm tour or testing their knowledge around hunger issues in North Carolina, concertgoers can learn more about the roots of their food and how it affects the land and the water.
  • In the HOMEGROWN Skills Tent, concertgoers can learn about food, farming and sustainable fishing through hands-on workshops on saving seeds, making pepper jelly, shucking shellfish, weaving hair garlands from farm-grown flowers and crafting friendship bracelets from natural fibers.
  • Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Concessions® food service promotes a least-waste food service protocol. All compostable waste at the concert will be turned into valuable agricultural material to improve the health of the soil. A sizeable volunteer effort will be on hand to help concertgoers differentiate between landfill-bound trash, recyclables like plastic, and compostables, such as food waste and compostable food service ware. All of the service ware will be certified compostable, and local company Brooks Contactor is donating the collection and hauling.
  • Local North Carolina farms and farmers will be featured on the video screen on the main stage. Farm Aid worked with a number of photographers to shoot and obtain photos to reflect the farmers and agriculture of North Carolina.

Additional Farm Aid 2014 details for concertgoers and fans tuning in at home:

  • Farm Aid 2014 will feature performances by Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson and board members John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, as well as Jack White, Gary Clark Jr., Jamey Johnson, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Delta Rae, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter, Todd Snider, Insects vs. Robots, Raelyn Nelson Band and Jesse Lenat.
  • AXS TV will be the exclusive television broadcaster of Farm Aid 2014, to be presented in high definition (HD) on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT. The broadcast will include live performances from Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, as well as performances by Farm Aid 2014 artists recorded earlier in the day, including Jack White and Gary Clark Jr.
  • The Webcast, “Farm Aid 2014 Live Presented by Amy’s Kitchen,” will broadcast from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. EDT at www.farmaid.org.
  • Willie Nelson’s SiriusXM channel (59), Willie’s Roadhouse, will air live from Farm Aid 2014, beginning at 12 p.m. EDT. SiriusXM’s Dallas Wayne will host backstage interviews and behind-the-scenes coverage of the event.
  • The Farm Aid official festival app is available for iPhone and Android devices. It allows users to view the entire Farm Aid 2014 schedule and select artists, workshops and artist briefings to make their own personal schedule for the day. Users can find out where they’re going with the festival map, check out the HOMEGROWN Concessions® food and drink offerings, read about the interactive exhibits in the HOMEGROWN Village and learn about our Farmer Heroes. Users can even take and post photos, tweet and share their Farm Aid experience with their friends through the app.
  • Farm Aid’s #Road2FarmAid social media campaign is off and running on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Social media users are including the #Road2FarmAid tag on social media posts to connect with people who are celebrating family farm agriculture and growing the Good Food Movement.
  • Farm Aid has partnered with Auction Cause and eBay to auction autographed memorabilia, including a one-of-a-kind Martin guitar, vintage autographed vinyl records and concert merchandise. The auction is live at www.farmaidauctions.org from Sept. 12 – 22.

Farm Aid 2014 is sponsored by Amy’s Kitchen, Rudi’s Bakery, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Horizon Organic, Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley Coop, Applegate, PRO*ACT, Garden of Eatin’, Brooks Contractor, PLOTSAVER, Big Boss, Lonerider and StubHub.

Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $45 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

Farm Aid 2014 to Be Televised Live Exclusively on AXS TV

September 2014

TV, Radio and Webcast Offer At-Home Access to Sold-Out Festival

Raleigh, N.C. — Farm Aid announced today that AXS TV will be the exclusive television broadcaster of Farm Aid 2014, to be presented live in high definition (HD) on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT. This partnership brings the concert experience to fans who are unable to attend the sold-out family farm festival at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, N.C.

“Farm Aid is excited to partner with AXS TV for the first time in our history,” said Jennifer Fahy, communications director at Farm Aid. “We’re glad farmers, music fans and eaters across the country can join our celebration of music, good food and family farmers and call for a strong family farm food system.”

Farm Aid 2014 will feature live performances by Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson and board members John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, as well as performances recorded earlier in the day from additional Farm Aid artists including Jack White, Gary Clark Jr., Jamey Johnson, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Delta Rae and more.

In addition, the webcast, “Farm Aid 2014 Presented by Amy’s Kitchen,” will stream at www.farmaid.org.

Furthermore, Willie Nelson’s SiriusXM channel (56), Willie’s Roadhouse, will air live from Farm Aid 2014, beginning at 12 p.m. EDT. SiriusXM’s Dallas Wayne will host backstage interviews and behind-the-scenes coverage of the event.

Festival fans can put the entire Farm Aid experience in the palm of their hands with the official Farm Aid 2014 mobile app, which is now available for iPhone and Android devices. Fans can view the entire Farm Aid 2014 schedule and add artists, workshops and artist briefings to make their own personalized schedule for the day. To download the app, visit www.farmaid.org/app.

For more information about joining the #Road2FarmAid, visit www.farmaid.org/Road2FarmAid.

For concert updates and other Farm Aid 2014 announcements, follow Farm Aid on Twitter (@FarmAid) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/farmaid), and visit www.farmaid.org/concert.

About Farm Aid: Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $45 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

About AXS TV: Launched in July 2012 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban, AXS TV is dedicated to providing the best in music programming and festivals, comedy performances, current events and mixed martial arts promotions. AXS TV is a partnership between Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. The network is available in the United States via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other cable, satellite and telco providers. The network is also distributed in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. For more information, visit the website at axs.tv, go to the Facebook page here and follow the company on Twitter, @axstv, on Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube. AXS TV’s companion network, HDNET Movies, is a linear TV channel and VOD service that delivers the ultimate film watching experience — uncut and uninterrupted — in high definition. Launched in 2003, HDNET Movies programs a diverse slate of box-office hits spanning the 1950s to 2000s. The network is widely distributed by major cable, telco and satellite TV providers in the U.S. For further information, visit www.hdnetmovies.com.

Interview Alert: Cotton of the Carolinas, Farm Aid Available to Discuss Groundbreaking Concert Partnership to Produce a Special Edition Organic T-Shirt Grown and Made in the Carolinas

September 2014

Raleigh, N.C. Showcasing the need to find more sustainable, soil-friendly cotton sources, Farm Aid today announced a partnership with Cotton of the Carolinas to bring concertgoers a special edition organic Farm Aid T-shirt that is grown, made and sold in the Carolinas. Farm Aid brings attention to the challenges farmers face in bringing us good food and fiber.

Farm Aid’s marketing director, Cornelia Hoskin, as well as Cotton of the Carolinas’ founder, Eric Henry, are available for interviews about this partnership.

Farm Aid 2014, which takes place at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre on Sept. 13, will feature performances by Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson and board members John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, as well as Jack White, Gary Clark Jr., Jamey Johnson, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, North Carolina’s own Delta Rae, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter, Todd Snider, Insects vs. Robots, Raelyn Nelson Band and Jesse Lenat.

By tracing and telling the story of the entire supply chain, Farm Aid seeks transparency from farm to table and from dirt to shirt. To learn more about the process and pre-order a shirt, visit: www.farmaid.org/NCShirt. Farm Aid also is working to highlight stories of family farmers as they seek to produce the best product while protecting natural resources. The creation of this shirt supports more than 500 jobs in a little less than 750 miles. In addition to the special edition T-shirt, Farm Aid highlights other stories through demonstrations and products at the HOMEGROWN Village and HOMEGROWN Concessions®.

Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $45 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

Farm Aid Invites Fans to Connect on the #Road2FarmAid and Through the Official Concert Mobile App

August 2014

Raleigh, N.C. Farm Aid announced today the return of the #Road2FarmAid and the official Farm Aid 2014 concert mobile app, which is now available for iPhone and Android devices.

Back for the second year in a row, fans can kick off their Farm Aid 2014 concert experience with the #Road2FarmAid on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. The #Road2FarmAid invites posts from people who are attending the Farm Aid 2014 concert and anyone wanting to share their own vision for strong farm and food communities. Participants who tag their photos and videos on social media sites could win Farm Aid 2014 T-shirts and be entered to win a grand prize of two front-row tickets to Farm Aid 2014. Details about photo and video contest eligibility are available at www.farmaid.org/contest.

In addition, concertgoers can access the entire Farm Aid experience in the palm of their hands with the official Farm Aid 2014 mobile app, now available for iPhone and Android devices. Fans can view the entire Farm Aid 2014 schedule and add artists, workshops and artist briefings to make their own personalized schedule for the day. To download the app today, visit: www.farmaid.org/app.

Farm Aid 2014 will feature performances by Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson and board members John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews (with Tim Reynolds), as well as Jack White, Gary Clark Jr., Jamey Johnson, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, North Carolina’s own Delta Rae, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter, Todd Snider, Insects vs. Robots, Raelyn Nelson Band and Jesse Lenat.

A limited number of tickets for Farm Aid 2014 are available at www.livenation.com, the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $45 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

Fewer Than 900 Tickets Remain for Farm Aid 2014

August 2014

Raleigh, N.C. Farm Aid announced today that less than 1,000 tickets remain for this year’s annual food and music festival, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13, at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre.

Farm Aid 2014 will feature performances by Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson and board members John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, as well as Jack White, Gary Clark Jr., Jamey Johnson, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, North Carolina’s own Delta Rae, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter, Todd Snider, Insects vs. Robots, Raelyn Nelson Band and Jesse Lenat.

WHAT: Farm Aid 2014
The event is an all-day music and food festival featuring family farm food at our HOMEGROWN Concessions® stands and Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village. Concertgoers will have the opportunity to experience the Good Food Movement firsthand through hands-on exhibits and workshops.
WHEN: Saturday, September 13, 2014
WHERE: Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
3801 Rock Quarry Rd
Raleigh, NC 27610

Tickets for Farm Aid 2014 are available at www.livenation.com, the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $45 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

SAMHSA recognizes honorees at 2014 Voice Awards Jason Katims and Kristen Johnston honored for educating public about behavioral health

August 2014

Tonight, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will recognize Jason Katims, Kristen Johnston, television and film screenwriters and producers, and more who educate the public about mental and substance use disorders at the 2014 Voice Awards, held on the UCLA campus Now in its ninth year, the Voice Awards event—hosted by past Voice Awards winner and “Mad Men’s” James Wolk –brings together the behavioral health community and the entertainment industry to improve public awareness about behavioral health and recovery.

The Voice Awards will honor four-time Voice Award winner Jason Katims—writer and executive producer of NBC’s “Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights” — with a Career Achievement Award for his efforts to educate television audiences about the experiences of people dealing with behavioral health challenges and their journeys to recovery.

“There is no discounting the power of media and particularly film and television to educate others about inclusion and recovery for people living with mental and substance use disorders,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde. “Voice Award winners illustrate how we’re getting better at representing the realities of behavioral health and promoting how recovery from these conditions is commonplace and that people in recovery contribute to their communities every day.”

This year’s theme — Learning About Young Adult Behavioral Health — underscores SAMHSA’s commitment to educate the public about the challenges young adults face in dealing with mental and/or substance use disorders and empower them to help those young adults find a path to recovery.

The following awards will also be presented to an exemplary group of community leaders and entertainment productions:

Lifetime Achievement Award for advancing the recovery movement through consumer-focused research and evaluation.

  • Jean Campbell, Ph.D., St. Louis, Missouri

Consumer/Peer Leadership Awards for sharing their stories of recovery and working to improve public acceptance of people with behavioral health conditions.

  • Lacy Kendrick Burk, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Matt Canuteson, Delmar, New York
  • Greg Dicharry, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Patrick Hendry, Herndon, Virginia
  • Toni Jordan, St. Louis, Missouri

Young Adult Leadership Award for providing peer mentorship and sharing messages about wellness.

  • Sean Campbell, Bergen County, New Jersey

Television Productions

  • “Elementary” (CBS–Series Award) for addressing substance use disorders and addiction, peer support, and the journey of recovery
  • “Mike & Molly” (CBS) for the episode “Mind Over Molly” addressing the impact of trauma and grief
  • “Mom” (CBS) for the episode “Zombies and Cobb Salad” addressing substance use disorders, peer support, and recovery
  • “Nashville” (ABC–Series Award) for addressing mental and substance use disorders, the impact of trauma, peer support, and the journey of recovery

Film Productions

  • Frankie & Alice for addressing dissociative identity disorder and the impact of trauma
  • Home for addressing schizophrenia, peer support, and the journey of recovery
  • Short Term 12 for addressing mental health issues, suicide, and the impact of trauma among young adults
  • The Spectacular Now for addressing substance use issues among young adults

Documentary Productions

  • The Anonymous People for addressing substance use disorders and addiction, the power of peer support, and the journey of recovery
  • Life Continued: Defeating Depression (MTV) for addressing mental health issues, bullying, and recovery among young adults

The Voice Awards program is a collaborative effort among behavioral health and entertainment industry organizations. For a complete list of the 33 program partner organizations involved in this year’s effort, visit http://beta.samhsa.gov/voice-awards/partners.

The 2014 Voice Awards event will be streamed live on the Voice Awards’ Web page on Wednesday, August 13, beginning at 7 p.m. PDT/10 p.m. EDT. To learn more about the Voice Awards program and view the live Webcast, visit http://www.samhsa.gov/voiceawards.

Follow #VoiceAwards to join the conversation about the Voice Awards on Twitter.

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

Gary Clark Jr. Joins the Lineup for Farm Aid 2014 Coming to North Carolina

August 2014

Limited Number of Tickets Remain for Farm Aid’s Food and Music Festival on Sept. 13 at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre

RALEIGH, N.C. — Gary Clark Jr., Todd Snider and the Raelyn Nelson Band will join Farm Aid at its annual benefit concert at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre on Saturday, Sept. 13, the organization announced today.

“Over the past 29 years, hundreds of artists have stood with family farmers and electrified Farm Aid audiences,” said Farm Aid Executive Director Carolyn Mugar. “Farm Aid is proud to welcome these talented performers to our stage for the first time.”

Gary Clark Jr., Todd Snider and the Raelyn Nelson Band join the already star-studded Farm Aid 2014 lineup, which features Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews — with Tim Reynolds — as well as Jack White, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jamey Johnson, North Carolina’s own Delta Rae, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter, Pegi Young & The Survivors, and Insects vs Robots.

Tickets for Farm Aid 2014 are available at www.livenation.com, the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000.There are a limited number of tickets available.

The all-day music and food festival offers concert-goers family farm-identified, local and organic foods with its own HOMEGROWN Concessions® and hands-on activities in Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village.

Farm Aid is partnering with eBay and Auction Cause to offer concertgoers a chance to bid on premier concert experiences and autographed memorabilia beginning this Thursday, Aug. 14. For more information, go to http://is.gd/farmaid. Farm Aid is also teaming up with IfOnly to offer unique VIP Packages as well as autographed Gibson guitars to benefit Farm Aid. For more information, go to http://www.ifonly.com/celebrity/farm-aid.

Concertgoers can enhance their Farm Aid experience with the official Farm Aid 2014 mobile app, which will be available soon for iPhone and Android.

For concert updates, follow Farm Aid on Twitter (@farmaid) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/farmaid), and visit www.farmaid.org/concert.

Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $45 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

**Editors and Producers Note: Advance credentials are required for all media to attend Farm Aid 2014. Please visit www.farmaid.org/media by Thursday, Sept. 4, to apply. Media can download official Farm Aid photos and videos at www.farmaid.org/media.**

SAMHSA opens nominations for Voice Awards to TV, film, and consumer/peer leaders in behavioral health

March 2014

National awards program to spotlight the unique mental health and substance use challenges of young adults

WASHINGTON—The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Voice Awards. The awards program recognizes consumer/peer leaders and TV and film professionals who use their work and personal stories of resilience to demonstrate that people with mental and/or substance use disorders can and do recover and lead meaningful lives.

To be eligible, consumer/peer leaders must personally demonstrate that recovery is real and possible; have experience in leading efforts to reduce the discrimination and misperceptions associated with behavioral health problems; and be making a positive impact on communities, workplaces, or schools. Television and film productions must contain a positive behavioral health storyline and must have aired in a public setting between April 15, 2013 and April 14, 2014.

In 2014, the theme of the awards program is the behavioral health of young adults and their experiences in dealing with mental and/or substance use disorders. Special consideration therefore will be given to young adult and other consumer/peer leaders who educate the public about the needs of young adults and empower them to seek the services and supports that enable recovery.

The 2014 Voice Awards also seeks TV and film productions that accurately and respectfully portray the behavioral health experiences of young adults and their journeys of recovery.

All nominations are due Friday, April 18.

To submit nominations, visit the Voice Awards Web site at http://www.samhsa.gov/voiceawards. Nominations are open to anyone. There is no limit to the number of nominations an individual can submit, and self-nominations are welcome. All nominees are reviewed by a panel of judges that includes TV and film professionals; consumer/peer leaders; and representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, behavioral health advocacy organizations, and other Voice Awards program partners.

This year’s award winners will be recognized at the ninth annual Voice Awards event that will take place on August 13 at Royce Hall on the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus.

For more information about the Voice Awards, event updates, and instructions on how to submit a nomination(s), visit http://www.samhsa.gov/voiceawards.

To connect with the Voice Awards and SAMHSA, follow @samhsagov on Twitter and visit http://www.facebook.com/samhsa on Facebook.

For more information about SAMHSA visit: http://www.samhsa.gov.

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SAMHSA is a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

SAMHSA’s Voice Awards program honors consumer/peer leaders in recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders who have played a vital role in raising awareness and understanding of behavioral health problems. The awards also recognize TV and film writers and producers who have given a voice to people with behavioral health problems by incorporating dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of these individuals into their scripts, programs, and productions.

4 Million Uninsured People With Mental Illness Will Be Denied Health Insurance Because Their Home States Refuse to Participate in the ACA Medicaid Expansion Program

February 2014

Nearly 75 Percent of These 4 Million Uninsured People With Mental Health Conditions Reside in 11 Southern States That Opted Out of the New Program

Alexandria, Va. — A new groundbreaking study shows that nearly 4 million people with mental illnesses who are uninsured reside in the 25 states that have refused to participate in the Medicaid Expansion program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Many of these individuals have severe mental health conditions and currently have no health insurance coverage through any public or private plan, but will be denied the opportunity to obtain coverage for treatment since those states have refused to participate. States declining Medicaid Expansion represent 55 percent of all uninsured people with major mental health disorders who are eligible for coverage in the new health insurance access initiative.

The comprehensive study — “Dashed Hopes, Broken Promises, More Despair: How the Lack of State Participation in the Medicaid Expansion Will Punish Americans With Mental Illness,” released by the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) — shows that 6.7 million uninsured people with a mental illness are currently eligible for coverage under the Medicaid Expansion that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2014. But the majority of these individuals with mental health conditions will be left out in the coverage cold due to their state’s antagonism toward the Medicaid Expansion health insurance initiative.

Key findings from the AMHCA report include:

  • Nearly 4 million uninsured people (3.7 million) who have a serious mental illness, are in serious psychological distress or who have a substance use disorder are eligible for health insurance coverage through the new Medicaid Expansion program in the 25 states that have rejected participation in the initiative.
  • Nearly 75 percent (2.7 million adults) of all uninsured persons with a mental health condition or substance use disorder who are eligible for coverage in the non-expansion states (3.7 million), reside in these 11 Southern states that have rejected the Medicaid Expansion: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
  • More than 1.1 million uninsured people who have serious mental health and substance abuse conditions live in just two states — Texas (625,000) and Florida (535,000). These more than 1.1 million individuals are eligible for coverage under the new Medicaid Expansion program, but won’t receive it. Since officials in Texas and Florida (and other 23 states) have said they will not participate in the initiative, they are leaving their most vulnerable citizens without health insurance, even though the federal government will pay for it (at 100 percent for the first three years of the program and slowly tapering off to 90 percent in 2020 and thereafter). The funds for this are already included in the federal budget.

“If the 25 states do not participate in the new Medicaid Expansion program, uninsured citizens with mental illness who experience the misfortune of residing in those states will see their hopes of a healthier and better life dashed when they learn during the enrollment process that they will not be able obtain health insurance,” said Judith Bertenthal-Smith, president of AMHCA.

States expanding Medicaid will have enhanced capacity to meet the needs of millions of previously uninsured people with mental illness, which will intensify the treatment disparity gap between states. The 25 non-expansion states will be further left behind as those states that do expand Medicaid will see an influx of new federal monies to shore up their mental health systems, which have witnessed ruinous cuts since 2000.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the new Medicaid Expansion program — which started on Jan. 1, 2014 — is an optional program; states can opt into or out of it at any time without incurring penalties. But states that perpetually opt out of Medicaid Expansion will hurt people with mental illness.

“The burden of mental illness in the U.S. is incredibly high due to increasing numbers of uninsured people with mental health conditions. The lack of health insurance coverage keeps people with mental illness from obtaining needed services and treatments — and follow-up care — that lead to achieving long-term recovery and improving their quality of life,” said Joel E. Miller, executive director and CEO of AMHCA and author of the “Dashed Hopes” report. “Health insurance is the passkey to good, timely health care services, and state policymakers in 25 states are locking people out of the system.”

To read the full report, please visit www.amhca.org/assets/content/AMHCA_DashedHopes_Report_2_21_14_final.pdf.

Joel Miller, AMHCA executive director and CEO, is available for interviews.

The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) works to enhance the profession of mental health counseling through advocacy, education, licensure and professional development.