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To Write Love On Her Arms Presents HEAVY AND LIGHT

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WHAT: “A few years ago, we started imagining these nights that could be more than music, nights where you could fill a room with hope and honesty, nights where you could also point to community and treatment,” said Jamie Tworkowski, founder of TWLOHA.

“Heavy and Light is sort of a dream come true for us. We’re given the keys to this amazing venue, to basically put whatever and whoever we want on that stage. The goal is something truly unique. It’s not a “benefit show”. It’s an attempt to challenge and inspire and encourage. More than anything, Heavy and Light is an attempt to move people, with songs and with stories and with a taste of community…” said Jamie.

Back in January 2009, the 2nd annual Heavy and Light saw over 1,600 people come out to the House of Blues in Orlando, from throughout the Southeast and beyond. This year’s Heavy and Light will host acoustic performances by Mat Kearney, Aaron Gillespie (Underoath/The Almost), Bryce Avary (The Rocket Summer), Stephen Christian (Anberlin), Aaron Marsh (Copeland), Zach Williams andDamion Suomi.

Jamie Tworkowski Of To Write Love On Her Arms Wins MTVU Woodie Award

JamieWoodieJamie Tworkowski founder of non-profit organization To Write Love on Her Arms won the mtvU “Good Woodie” award last night at Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan. Other nominees in the category were Alicia Keys, Jon Legend, Wyclef, Kenna and Ra Ra Riot. The Good Woodie is an award for the artists whose commitment to a social cause has affected the greatest change this year and Jamie was the first non-musician ever to be nominated for a Woodie of any kind.

“Last night was amazing,” says Tworkowski. “It was exciting just to be in the room, an honor to be nominated and then basically unbelievable to win. We value music and the support of the music community so much, and then we’re so excited by the way our message has been embraced by college students. More than anything, this win belongs to our incredible audience. Their passionate voices continue to open surprising doors for us and last night was a big one – the chance to talk about hope and help on MTV.”

TWLOHA Founder Discusses History And Mission

twlohafounderClick below for an interview with TWLOHA founder Jamie Tworkowski talking history, philosophy, mission, message, music, t-shirts, treatment, faith…

TWLOHA started as a story and one-off t-shirt with aims of helping to pay for the much needed treatment of a friend. TWLOHA quickly grew into something much larger.

Within three years time TWLOHA received over a half million on-line subscribers, directly responded and helped over 100,000 at-risk people from over 100 countries, and has invested over $600,000 into treatment and recovery.

Jamie Tworkowski Of To Write Love On Her Arms Nominated For MTVU Woodie Award

twlohaTo Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery and was founded by Jamie Tworkowski in 2006. 
 
Jamie Tworkowski of TWLOHA has been nominated for a 2009 mtvU Woodie Award. He is nominated for the “Good Woodie,” an award for the artists whose commitment to a social cause has affected the greatest change this year. The Sixth Annual Awards Show Will Air On mtvU, MTV, MTV2 and Palladia on Friday, December 4 at 10pm ET. 

To vote for Jamie for the MTVU Good Woodie, please visit: http://www.mtv.com/ontv/woodieawards/2009/good-woodie/. Voting is live now and runs through November 16.   

To Write Love on Her Arms founder Jamie Tworkowski Guest Blogs On AlternativePress.com

twlohafounderIf someone gave you a microphone and a stage, what would you say and what would you sing? Whether the crowd was 10 people or 10,000, what would you make with the moment?

I was going to write a letter to the frontmen–the folks who sing in bands. I was going to say that there should be a system or some classes where they would be reminded that music is a very special thing; something not unlike a miracle, rich with history and the potential to move people and change lives. They would learn about urgency and honesty, the value of a moment and a song’s unique ability to cause people to feel, to remind them that they’re alive and that life is worth living.