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"Songs for Tibet" set for release in first week of Beijing Olympics

July 23, 2008

Sting, Dave Matthews, Alanis Morissette, John Mayer, & other top
artists send a music message of support to Tibet & the Dalai Lama
International Campaign for Tibet
July 21, 2008

Press release from the Art of Peace Foundation, supported by ICT, July 21, 2008

Washington DC, July 21 -- The Art of Peace Foundation announced today
that more than a dozen of the world's top contemporary musical
artists, including Sting, Dave Matthews, Alanis Morissette, John
Mayer, Suzanne Vega, Rush, Imogen Heap, Garbage, Damien Rice, Moby,
Underworld, Duncan Sheik and many more have been brought together to
create an album of 20 songs entitled, 'Songs for Tibet - The Art of
Peace'. The project is the artists' expression of peace and support
for Tibet and the Dalai Lama, and will be launched before the
Olympics opens in Beijing.

Michael Wohl, the Executive Director of the Art of Peace Foundation,
said: "We wanted to express our support for the Tibetan people and
their message of peace through music, a fundamental means of
expression, at a time when the eyes of the world are on China. Within
days of our request, the artists responded with an extraordinary
passion and commitment by delivering new songs. This album will focus
people¹s attention on the importance of Tibet, the gifts of its
culture, and the crisis the Tibetan people are facing today."

Kate Saunders of the International Campaign for Tibet said: "We
support this unique project as a heartfelt expression of solidarity
with the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people at a time when the
survival of Tibet¹s religious culture is under threat."

Beginning August 5th, the week of the Olympics opening, 'Songs for
Tibet' will be available worldwide exclusively through iTunes. On
August 12th, it will be available through all retail channels
worldwide, including Amazon.

Legendary music producer Rupert Hine, who produced the CD, said: "The
commitment and enthusiasm from such a wide group of artists has been
astonishing and truly heartfelt. It's been exciting orchestrating
such an historic project."

Michael Wohl, as a long time yoga and meditation practitioner, was
inspired in his quest to pull together some of the world's most
famous musicians by the arrival of the Olympic flame in the USA. He
said: "I felt that it was time for a positive Olympics message of
peace and hope, inspired by the wisdom culture of the Tibetan people."

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 projects inspired by the Dalai Lama¹s
promotion of peace.

For information about the music project and the Art of Peace Foundation:
Elizabeth Freund, Beautiful Day Media & Management, New York
Tel: +1 718-858-3550

For information about the situation in Tibet:
International Campaign for Tibet
Kate Saunders, Communications Director, London
Tel: +44 7947 138612

About The Art of Peace Foundation
The Art of Peace Foundation is a 503.1(C) 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.

About Rupert Hine
Rupert's career spans more than 30 years and 120 albums. According to
Billboard, "Few producers have worked with as wide a stylistic range
of gold and platinum-selling artists such as Sting, Chrissie Hynde,
Peter Gabriel, Tina Turner and many others."

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.

About Bodywisdom Media
Bodywisdom media is a top-producer and distributor of yoga/holistic
living programming in North America. As Meridian Trust¹s North
American distributor, bodywisdom media produced "A Path to
Happiness," one of the top-selling Dalai Lama DVDs of all time. A
follow-up DVD entitled "The Art of Peace" will release August 2008.
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