SOMERVILLE - September 5 - Farm Aid has extended the official deadline to Sept. 22 for media and photographers to request advance credentials for its annual benefit concert, scheduled for Sept. 30 at the Tweeter Center at the Waterfront in Camden, NJ.
The show will feature Farm Aid president and founder Willie Nelson, along with board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews. Other artists who will help to promote food from family farms and raise funds to support Farm Aid's work are Jerry Lee Lewis with Roy Head, Los Lonely Boys, Arlo Guthrie, Gov't Mule, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer, Steel Pulse, Shelby Lynne, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jimmy Sturr & his Orchestra, Pauline Reese and Danielle Evin.
Media and photographers registered in advance will receive credentials on show day at the venue. Credentials will also be available at the venue on the day of the show for an additional fee. Information about the time and location of credentialing will be made available to credentialed media the week prior to the show. A complete media schedule and parking information will be distributed to all credentialed media in advance of the show.
Information about the credentialing process, as well as credential request forms, may be downloaded directly from the Farm Aid Web site at http://www.farmaid.org/credentials. A complete set of media policies for Farm Aid 2006 Presented by Silk Soymilk can also be found at http://www.farmaid.org.
Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid raises awareness about the critical role of family farms and has raised more than $29 million to build and strengthen family farm food production. Between 1985 and 2005, 80 percent of Farm Aid's total expenditures was spent on programs to benefit family farmers, exceeding charity watchdog standards. Through public education, program activities and grants, Farm Aid promotes food from family farms and sustainable agriculture, fights factory farms, advocates for fair farm prices and provides disaster assistance and credit counseling to farm families.