This month the Sean Costello Memorial Fund (SCMF) will donate $10,000 to Right Turn, a rehab facility in Boston Massachusetts dedicated to treating the creative person challenged by addiction, frequently, with a dual diagnosis. The money will be dedicated to a system for maintaining records which enable them to document outcomes. Right Turn is unique in its mission, with many musicians being helped through a program designed for the person in the creative arts. For more information, visit www.right-turn.org
September is National Recovery Month. In its 25th year, Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders. This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out, “encourages people to openly speak up about mental and substance use disorders and the reality of recovery, and promotes ways individuals can use to recognize behavioral health issues and reach out for help. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover. www.recoverymonth.gov .
The SCMF raised money and awareness at their first benefit concert in Memphis, TN at the Rum Boogie Cafe last May. Then SCMF hosted their first benefit in Chicago September 13, at Rosa’s Lounge! Many Chicago blues greats joined together to honor Sean. This event was streamed live online and is now available to be viewed in its entirety here.
The SCMF is releasing a CD of previously unreleased tracks that Sean Costello recorded at The Magic Shop in NY. Grammy winning producer of this CD, Steve Rosenthal and distributor, Vizztone, are donating all proceeds to the SCMF in honor of their cherished friend. SCMF needs your help to fund this project and are asking for donations to get the CDs printed. You can donate to that project here
*From SCMF President, Glenn Smith:
“…Six years after his passing, Sean is being awarded the highest honor possible from the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. As his stepfather (and past roadie), I know that this would render him speechless, as it does his Mom and me. Simultaneously, the fund is being gifted one of Sean’s most creative ventures in Sean in the Magic Shop. Funded totally by the Grammy winning producer, Steve Rosenthal, the recording alone cost tens of thousands to produce. Steve has generously donated all proceeds to the fund in Sean’s honor. Sean would accept this gift with humility and gratitude, as we do. Concomitantly, we’ve found a partner that exemplifies the approach to care of the musician with a dual diagnosis, and the revenues from six years of hard work and the generosity of supporters. It seems like a small step, but it’s huge. We are finally able to contribute to research that will provide data on care that yields positive outcome. This is major, both for us, and the future of creative persons with addictions.
Without Sean and his music, there would be no Fund. Without the Fund, no organization focused on hope for the creative mind with bipolar disorder. I am simultaneously heartened by his recognition and saddened that Sean isn’t here to receive his own honors. With your continued support, we can continue to use the magic of Sean to create a new future for others like him.”
(Excerpts from the SCMF newsletter)