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

Wed Aug 6, 2008 2:43pm EDT

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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

    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



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

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