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Supporting 1 Million People

WE OWE THE ONES WE LOVE AND THE ONES WE'VE LOST THE BEST OF THIS INDUSTRY.

That’s why 1 Million Strong is partnering with the music industry to shatter the stigma around addiction and recovery. We're getting started by supporting new ways for sober fans to enjoy shows, making sure touring musicians and crews have access to resources on the road, and engaging in conversations about sobriety that are free from shame and full of possibilities. Your voice and industry expertise can make a difference. We'd love to collaborate with you to reach one million people and beyond.

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Larkin Poe Champions Recovery and Mental Health in Music

“As touring musicians, we are fortunate to experience the power of community every night we’re on stage and strive to extend those feelings of connection to our fans. We hope to see 1 Million Strong at music events everywhere providing a positive and inclusive environment for those who choose not to drink and their allies, ensuring nobody is left outside the gates.” -Larkin Poe

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A Sober Supportive Experience at Acrisure Arena Promotes Choice in Palm Springs

1 Million Strong collaborated with Oak View Group and The Phoenix (a recovery and sobriety community) to develop a sober-supportive experience at Acrisure Arena with the goal of helping all fans feel welcome at live events. The program gives fans first-hand experience with positive change while they are enjoying something they love. It also raises the bar on industry standards regarding the sober community, accelerating the destigmatization of addiction in and recovery in our culture.

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Open Letter

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

As featured in Billboard Magazine, January 2023

Addiction disproportionately affects the music industry. In fact, according to a study conducted by Tulane University, 56% of music industry professionals cite problematic substance use and 34% of touring professionals report suffering from clinical levels of depression as compared with just 7% of the general population.

We are calling on our peers in the music industry and our allies across the country to unite as a community – a community we call 1 Million Strong – to destigmatize addiction and support recovery, so people are empowered to live their best lives.

We’re taking action to transform the way people think about addiction by supporting new ways for sober fans to enjoy shows, ensuring touring musicians and crews have access to resources on the road, and engaging in conversations about sobriety that are free from shame and stigma and full of possibilities. We believe community is core to recovery, that sobriety doesn’t have to be isolating, that those of us who don’t have challenges with substance use are well-positioned to be a community of support for those who do.

Together we’re on a path where recovery means gaining so much more in life. Starting now, we can expand music culture to include sobriety – a shift that supports health and wellness, not just sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. As it has throughout history, music can once again be a catalytic force for positive change. Join us as we come together to support those in recovery.

Supporting 1 Million People In Recovery

Dr. Richard J Burgess, MBE

President & CEO

American Association of Independent Music (A2IM)

Mitch Glazier

Chairman & CEO

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)

Chamie McCurry

Chief Marketing Officer

Danny Wimmer Presents

Kevin Lyman

Professor of Practice, USC & CEO

Kevin Lyman

Francesca Bodie

President, Business Development

Oak View Group

Gregg W. Perloff

Founder & CEO

Another Planet Entertainment

Allison Hagendorf

TV & Media Personality

Allison Hagendorf Show

Molly Neuman

Chief Marketing Officer

Downtown Music Holdings

Allen Scott

President of Concerts & Festivals

Another Planet Entertainment

Michael Rapino

President & CEO

Live Nation Entertainment

Peter Shapiro

Co-Founder & Owner

Brooklyn Bowl & The Capitol Theatre

Greg Williamson

Founder

RWE Partners

Ben Anderson

CEO & Founder

Park City Song Summit

Cortez Bryant

Co-CEO

The Blueprint Group

Larry Mestel

CEO & Founder

Primary Wave Music

Quint Davis

CEO

Festival Productions

Michael Dorf

Founder & CEO

City Winery

Deb Klein

Music Management Partner

Primary Wave

Nicole Rechter

Founder

RWE Partners

Jason Flom

Co-Founder & CEO

Lava Media

Chuck Morris

Chairman Emeritus

AEG Presents

Matt Sorum

Musician & Founder

Goodnoise

Ben Tischker

CEO

Wide Eye Entertainment

Tim Leiweke

Chairman & CEO

Oak View Group

Beka Tischker

CEO

Wide Eye Entertainment

Mike Kosak

Founder

NBD Management & vnclm_

Timothy White

Partner

Morrison Hotel Gallery

Adam Alpert

CEO

Disruptor Records

Matthew Zarracina

CEO

True Tickets

Jeremy Sirota

CEO

Merlin Entertainment

Darryl "DMC" McDaniels

Artist

Aloe Blacc

Singer-Songwriter

Nick R. Cua

KISS, CHER Tour Director

Ivan Neville

Musician

Portugal The Man

Artist

Anders Osborne

Songwriter & Musician

Mikkel Eriksen

Stargate

Alex Pall & Drew Taggert

The Chainsmokers

Robert Randolph

Pedal Steel Guitarist

Melissa Etheridge

Artist

Judith Hill

Artist

Matt Pinfield

Television, Podcast and Radio Host

Royal & the Serpent

Recording Artist

Arden Jones

Recording Artist

Tor Hermansen

Stargate

Langhorne Slim

Recording Artist

Jimmy Hutcheson

CEO, SPIN

Colette Weintraub

Head of Stand Together Music

Gary Louris

The Jayhawks

David Macias

President, Thirty Tigers

Edwin McCain

Singer-Songwriter

Greg Spero

Musician

Acrisure Arena

Signal Co. No1

The Phoenix

JIMMY HUTCHESON, CEO, SPIN

"The health and wellness of our music industry colleagues and fans alike is critical. I believe by spreading the word through SPIN platforms, we can drive people to take action and truly improve society by assisting those who need help."

JIMMY HUTCHESON, CEO, SPIN

KEVIN LYMAN, PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE, USC & CEO, KEVIN LYMAN GROUP

"Having a recovery specialist travel on tour allowed us to give support to our artists and crew on a daily basis."

KEVIN LYMAN, PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE, USC & CEO, KEVIN LYMAN GROUP

GREG WILLIAMSON & NICOLE RECHTER, FOUNDERS, RWE PARTNERS

"We love supporting the #1MillionStrong initiative. Mental health & addiction are near and dear to our hearts. Whatever we can do help the cause, count us in!"

GREG WILLIAMSON & NICOLE RECHTER, FOUNDERS, RWE PARTNERS

MIKKEL ERIKSEN, STARGATE

"As someone who has seen first-hand how devastating substance abuse can be for creatives, I fully support the 1 Million Strong initiative."

MIKKEL ERIKSEN, STARGATE

DARRYL

"The music industry leads the pack when it comes to influencing what is cool. Unfortunately, a lot of destructive behaviors are celebrated. This harms artists and audiences. But the same power can be used to help and heal!"

DARRYL "DMC" MCDANIELS, ARTIST

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Many of us have been impacted by addiction. It can be hard to know how to get help, or offer support for those who need it. 1 Million Strong is creating opportunities for healing, connection, and action. The Phoenix, is a free active community with programs and resources for those in recovery and their supporters. When we share our strength with each other, anything is possible.

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