SOURCE: Art of Peace Foundation

August 06, 2008 14:42 ET

'Songs for Tibet' Rockets to #1 Spot on iTunes Across the World

Album From Sting, Alanis Morissette, Moby, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Imogen Heap & More Becomes a Massive Show of Support for Tibet and the Dalai Lama; Press Conference, New York, August 7, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - August 6, 2008) - The Art of Peace Foundation announced today that 'Songs for Tibet' is now the top-selling rock download on iTunes across the world.

"With the Beijing Olympics just days away, this album sends a clear statement to Tibet and the Dalai Lama that the world is with them and supports their dreams for fundamental human rights and autonomy," said Executive Director of The Art of Peace Foundation, Michael Wohl.

"Not only is the album a musical powerhouse, but we hope it will raise awareness of the lack of fundamental freedoms for all under Chinese rule, including the Tibetans," Wohl continued. Among other things, it specifically targets the lack of freedom of press, speech and expression imposed by 'The Great Firewall of China.'

The Foundation also initiated a campaign to provide free downloads of the album to Olympic athletes and urged them to wear iPods at the Olympics as a show of support for the freedom of expression.

A video for the project by Mark Pellington titled "Songs for Tibet - Freedom is Expression" will be on YouTube, and is available for websites and broadcast use.

There will be a press conference at 11am on Thursday in NYC. Worldwide, a teleconference option is available.

Olympic Athletes wishing to download the album can do so by contacting AOPC@ArtOfPeaceFoundation.org.

PRESS CONFERENCE concerning the project will take place at 11am ET August 7th at the Jacobson Howard Gallery 33 East 68th Street, NY, NY 10065.

To participate via teleconference call:
In the USA/Canada Toll-Free Access #: 1-800-914-8405
Outside the US/Canada: 1-647-723-6919
Access Code: 0389668

Attendees: Executive Director Michael Wohl, Album Producer Rupert Hine, Some contributing artists and Professor Robert Thurman.

About The Art of Peace Foundation

The Art of Peace Foundation is a 501(C)(3) non-profit founded on the Dalai Lama's belief of 'Universal Responsibility.' The Foundation's mission is to engage the world in a proactive way while remaining grounded in the Dalai Lama's vision of non-violence. Besides raising awareness and support for Tibet and the Dalai Lama at this critical moment, proceeds that the foundation receives from the sale of the album will support initiatives important to the Dalai Lama for the promotion of peace and Tibetan cultural preservation projects. For more on The Great Firewall of China and the music project, please visit www.ArtOfPeaceFoundation.org.

About Meridian Trust

The Art of Peace Foundation also works with their UK partner, Meridian Trust, to preserve Tibetan cultural traditions. Meridian Trust's patron is the Dalai Lama, who has asked them to raise the awareness of Tibetan cultural traditions. www.Meridian-Trust.org

Contact Information

  • Contact:

    For information about the music project or the conference call:
    Elizabeth Freund
    Beautiful Day Media
    Email Contact
    tel: +1 718-858-3550

    For information about Tibet:
    International Campaign for Tibet
    Kate Saunders
    Communications Director, London
    email: Email Contact
    tel: +44 7947 138612
    www.savetibet.org