Willie Nelson's Virtual Farm Aid Concert Raises $500,000 to Support Family Farms Right Now
During these difficult times, music can be a light spot in the long days at home. This past Saturday, April 11, Willie Nelson, and several other beloved musicians, helped raise our spirits and simultaneously raise funds for a worthy cause with the "At Home with Farm Aid" benefit concert.
For the hour-long broadcast in partnership with AXS TV, fans were treated to performances by Farm Aid Board Members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews, all to support these family farmers in this time of crisis. For the virtual concert, Nelson was also joined by his musician sons Lukas and Micah. In total, the event raised more than $500,000 to help American family farmers impacted by the coronavirus crisis, per Billboard. If you'd like to find family farm food during the coronavirus pandemic, check out this guide from FarmAid.org. To make a donation to support family farmers through Farm Aid, click here.
“The coronavirus has disrupted our entire country and is a grave threat to all of us. One of its many impacts is that it has helped us to better see the value of essential people like healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, delivery truck drivers, and farmers and ranchers,” said Farm Aid president Willie Nelson in the organization's media statement. “Farm Aid has worked for 35 years to build a family farm centered agricultural system, and we are here now to support farmers and ranchers in this crisis, without whom we could not eat. The time to build a resilient family farm food system is now!”
So fans could have even more of a treat on Sunday night, AXS also aired "The Best Of Farm Aid 2019" featuring festival performances from Nelson, Mellencamp, Young, and Matthews along with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Tanya Tucker, Margo Price, Yola, Luke Combs, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Bonnie Raitt, and others.
We're grateful for the chance to have seen some of our favorite performers from the comfort of our homes. And we're especially grateful for the men and women working tirelessly to keep our food system functioning during this trying chapter in history.