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  1. THE “16 FOR 16” CHARITY DIGITAL EP 2012

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    The Pixel Project is proud to present their first annual 16 For 16 charity digital EP featuring songs from YouTube and other independent artistes from around the world saying NO to violence against women (VAW) while raising funds for The Pixel Project. The EP is launched on the International Elimination of Violence Against Women Day as both a Music For Pixels programme as well as a part of The Pixel Project’s year-end 16 For 16 campaign in honour of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

    The 16 For 16 digital EP is the third Music For Pixels programme to kick off in 2012. Regina Yau, Founder and President of The Pixel Project said: “Music For Pixels mainly concentrates on working with YouTube artistes. However, since we started the campaign, we have also been contacted by artistes who do not have a presence on YouTube but are keen to use their music to speak out against VAW. We developed the EP as a platform for showcasing their anti-VAW music via YouTube and digital downloads.”

    The EP includes 5 artistes from around the world. Each artiste has created a music video PSA of their song in the Music For Pixels format which includes artiste statements against VAW and key global VAW statistics. The EP is headlined by AHMIR – YouTube’s #1 R&B group and The Pixel Project’s YouTube Music Ambassador. Other participating artistes are: Pete Ahonen – a Folk-Rock singer-songwriter and Lost Monkey Studio artiste from California, USA; Sarah Carpio – a Pop singer-songwriter and anti-human trafficking activist from Mexico; The Other People – a Pop-Rock band from India and winner of The Pixel Project’s Fall 2012 YouTube Cover Carnival; and Tony O’Malley – a Jazz-Pop singer-songwriter and pianist from the UK.

    Ms Yau said: “Music is one of the most powerful ways of spreading important social justice messages that would be difficult to talk about otherwise. With VAW being a taboo topic in many cultures and communities, we and the artistes on board this EP hope that this collection of 5 songs will inspire listeners worldwide to break their silence and take action to stop VAW in their communities. The songs are specially selected or written to boost the spirits of women and girls who have experienced and survived VAW and to bring a little hope in their lives over the year-end holiday season when incidences of VAW (especially domestic violence and female genital mutilation) spike.”

    This limited edition EP is available from 25 November 2012 to 28 February 2013 from major digital retailers worldwide including iTunes (http://is.gd/16For16iTunes) and Amazon (http://is.gd/16For16Amazon). With prices ranging from US$4.95 to US$6.45 depending on region and retailer, it is an affordable way for the global online community to give to the cause. Thanks to the pro bono distribution services of Horus Music and the generosity of the participating artistes, 100% of the proceeds will go towards supporting the development of The Pixel Project’s Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that is currently in beta mode and is scheduled for launch in 2013. The Pixel Reveal campaign aims to raise US$1 million in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, The Pixel Project and other anti-VAW nonprofits around the world.

  2. The Pixel Project

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    The Pixel Project, the award-nominated global volunteer-led virtual non-profit social enterprise working to end Violence Against Women (VAW) worldwide, is proud to announce the first YouTube Music Ambassador and two new partnerships that will take the Music For Pixels campaign from strength to strength.

    YouTube’s Number One most popular R&B group AHMIR, the campaign’s first ‘Artiste of the Month’ who kicked off Music For Pixels in April 2012 has been appointed as The Pixel Project’s first YouTube Music Ambassador due to their commitment to the cause. In addition to donating the proceeds raised from download sales of The Rose to The Pixel Project for life, AHMIR will be working with the Music For Pixels team on various aspects of the campaign including the YouTube Cover Carnival, speaking out about VAW as male role models and recruiting other YouTube artistes to the campaign.

    AHMIR said: “We feel very blessed and honoured to be working alongside The Pixel Project team as the first YouTube Music Ambassadors in raising awareness to end violence against women. We are excited about the many opportunities to use our social platform to help this important campaign.”

    The Pixel Project also welcomes two music companies on board as campaign partners. The first is Horus Music in the UK with whom The Pixel Project has signed a 3-year pro bono agreement to distribute all Music For Pixels music to major digital channels for downloading including iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. Horus Music will also be handling the licensing/royalty payment processes for any cover music used by the campaign, thanks to their membership with The Harry Fox Agency, the premier mechanical licensing agent and provider of rights administration services and the largest aggregator in the U.S. 100% of the net proceeds of all campaign music distributed via Horus Music will be donated to The Pixel Project.

    Nick Dunn, Founder and CEO of Horus Music said: “We are very excited to be working with The Pixel Project, a nonprofit that does so much good work around the globe for those in society who still have to struggle daily with sexism, inequality and medieval attitudes.  Music is one language that can unite the world and bring joy to all so we’re especially proud to be able to help ensure the artistes working with The Pixel Project can have their music heard around the world and make a difference to many lives, those who discover the artistes and to those who will benefit from the work of The Pixel Project.”

    The second is San Francisco, California-based Lost Monkey Studio which handles up-and-coming independent U.S. West Coast artistes and brings with them more than 20 years of recording and music management experience. As part of their partnership with The Pixel Project for the Music For Pixels campaign, Lost Monkey will be donating a range of music-related prizes such as Music Production, Mixing, Mastering and TV/Film Licensing Submission for YouTube Cover Carnival winners to inspire musicians all over the world to take part in the campaign to use their musical talent to say NO to VAW. Lost Monkey artiste, Pete Ahonen, will also be collaborating in an upcoming Music For Pixels online fundraiser, details of which will be announced later this year.

    Mike and Michelle Stevens, Co-founders of Lost Monkey Studio said: “We are pleased to be collaborating with The Pixel Project and deeply believe in what they are working towards. Music is something that feeds the soul. We all have our own personal soundtracks to life, and they help us, heal us and make us stronger. Lost Monkey is deeply honoured to be a part of the mission to end Violence Against Women.”

    Regina Yau, Founder and President of The Pixel Project, said: “The Pixel Project and our Music For Pixels team is looking forward to working closely with AHMIR, Horus Music and Lost Monkey Studio over the next 12 months and beyond. We are pleased that all three share our strong belief that music is a powerful and positive tool that gets people aware of the importance of stopping VAW while promoting healthy non-violent relationships and personal empowerment, particularly when it is easily shareable through social media and other online channels. Together, these collaborations will strengthen the Music For Pixels campaign and its mission to encourage hope and courage in survivors while inspiring men, women and youth to work together to end violence against women in whatever capacity they can, wherever they are in the world.”