Premier music network AXS TV proudly teamed with Farm Aid to produce and air the virtual benefit concert special “At Home With Farm Aid” to help farmers who are impacted by the coronavirus. The show aired on April 11 and raised over $500,000 to support farm families.
Farm Aid founder Willie Nelson and his sons Lukas and Micah hosted the hour-long special. Fellow Farm Aid board members and friends John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews joined the Nelsons virtually to raise awareness of the hardships U.S. farms are facing under the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic. The group implored viewers to come together to help strengthen farms and secure the nation’s food supply.
The artists played a string of signature hits including Nelson’s indelible classics “On the Road Again” and “I Thought About You, Lord.” Matthews treated fans to a cover of Nelson’s “Ain’t It Funny How Time Slips Away” along with “Satellite” and a new track, “Windows.” Meanwhile, Mellencamp performed “Jack and Diane” and “Rain On the Scarecrow,” while Young played “Helpless” and “Vampire Blues.”
Funds raised from the televised event will help farmers implement solutions to COVID-19 related challenges. Needy farmers and ranchers can access emergency grants, as well as provide vital resources like legal, financial, and mental health support and many other kinds of assistance. In total, donations came in from all 50 U.S. states and 15 countries across the globe. You can donate to the cause by visiting the Farm Aid donation page.
Farm Aid has helped farmers in need for over three decades. Each year, Nelson, Matthews, Mellencamp, and Young host a fundraising festival. During this unprecedented time, needs are especially great as farmers work to try to ensure the security of the nation’s food system.
“At Home With Farm Aid” is one of many livestream/virtual events featured in AXS TV’s new “@Home And Social” initiative. The ongoing series gives artists a chance to connect to their fans and perform intimate sets from their homes and studios across the country. Proceeds from these events support those in need due to the negative impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
“So many industries have been deeply affected as a result of the coronavirus, and we have made it our mission to help them,” said Sarah Weidman, Head Of Original Programming, Development and Multi-Platform Content for AXS TV in a statement. “AXS TV was honored to join forces with Farm Aid to broadcast and produce At Home With Farm Aid, raising much-needed funds and awareness for family farmers who provide such a vital resource not just to the United States, but to the world.”
To learn more about Farm Aid’s mission, visit the organization’s website.