LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- "The way to create change is to empower," stated civil rights leader Dr. Ben Chavis, at the launch of the Music4Peace Initiative and Tour (www.music4peacetour.com) which held a press conference at the Miners Building on Main Street at the Sundance Film Festival. The purpose of the press conference was to introduce the Music4Peace Initiative and Tour, introduce its collaborative partners, the goals of the Tour and the first tour stops in 2010.
The Music4Peace Tour and Initiative is a collaborative initiative that aims to educate, empower, and improve the world beginning with the universal language of music. The collaborating charities include: Hip Hop Summit/Action Network, Tribes of the World, Music4Peace Foundation and The Gandhi Tour. These non profits have banded together to promote a global message of peace and harmony utilizing music, artists and global resources to inspire humans across the globe to mobilize for change. Music and humanitarian charities across the globe will be 2010 campaign recipients.
Russell Simmons commented, "Hip Hop music artists are leaders in the youth movement. We're excited about the potential these diverse organizations have in coming together to harness music as a transformative and unifying power to promote peace throughout the world."
Music4Peace has adopted the mantra of "Peace, Water and Wisdom" and strives to eradicate world hunger and violence while providing clean water and teaching empowerment.
The first events announced for the 2010 tour include:
- A Hip Hop Summit in South Africa with the World Cup and FIFA in June
- A Hip Hop Summit in India in November
- Gandhi Tour International day of peace in Brazil
SMI/SwaggMedia has partnered with The Music4Peace Tour and Initiative to co-produce the tour and as a media partner presenting the messages to the world while connecting viewers and inspiring them to donate or contribute to those in need. Professional basketball player David West, co- founder of SwaggMedia also sent a video message supporting his participation with the Music4Peace Tour.
Press conference participants included: Dr. Arun Gandhi (via telephone due to a health issue), Entrepreneur, social activist, and UN Goodwill Ambassador Russell Simmons, legendary civil rights leader Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr., SMI/SwaggMedia CEO Craig Nobles, Music4Peace co founder and founder of The Gandhi Tour, Tobias Huber, Tribes of The World founder Wayne Warwick Williams, Goodwill Ambassador to the United States Baroness Kimberly Moore, and a video message from The Dalai Lama. Internationally celebrated artist LEBO joined the Music4Peace Conference to share his blend of visual storytelling and global consciousness through his live performance painting. He painted an original painting entitled "Peace 4 Play" and donated it to the tour to raise awareness and funds.
Music4Peace also announced the launch of the Film 4 Peace Contest to raise funds for the Millennium Development Goals, The Hip Hop Summit and aid to Haiti. The winning filmmaker will be awarded a trip for two to South Africa in June 2010 to attend The Music4Peace Tour "Hip Hop Summit South Africa's" inaugural concert event and two tickets to the United State's opening match against England at the World Cup! Visit www.music4peacetour.com for more details.