September 29, 2001

Dave Matthews was welcomed to the Farm Aid Board of Directors by founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp at the organization’s annual benefit concert on Sept. 29 in Noblesville, Ind. Nearly 24,000 concert-goers attended the sold-out event at the Verizon Wireless Music Center and millions more viewed the nationwide broadcast live on CMT: Country Music Television.

“I am truly honored to be on Farm Aid’s board,” said Matthews. "I think at this time, since the tragedy on Sept. 11, we think more about what America is… it's about people waking up in the morning and loving this land and loving the people and wanting to make it a strong and healthy country." Matthews’ appointment marks the first time in its 16-year history that Farm Aid has added a new artist to its board of directors. In addition to his commitment to Farm Aid, Dave Matthews actively supports the Save Our Environment Coalition and has performed at numerous benefit concerts supporting a variety of causes. Dave Matthews Band, known for its musical innovation and dynamic performances, has sold over twenty million albums in only ten years and is consistently ranked as one of the top touring acts in the country.