Musicians Unite for Schapelle Corby

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An increasing number of recording artists are contributing original songs and material to a project in support of imprisoned Australian Schapelle Corby. The project, titled 'Artists for Schapelle', brings together music from artists from across the world, to increase awareness of Schapelle Corby's horrific plight, and campaign for her release.

An increasing number of recording artists are contributing original songs and material to a project in support of imprisoned Australian Schapelle Corby. The project, titled 'Artists for Schapelle', brings together music from artists from across the world, to increase awareness of Schapelle Corby's plight, and campaign for her release.

Schapelle Corby was subjected to a series of human rights abuses in Indonesia in 2005, having been accused of importing the marijuana which had appeared in her board bag upon collection at the airport. She was given a political 20 year sentence, and has recently been suffering severe medical problems, as her mental health deteriorates. Human rights groups have been campaigning for her release, citing not just the disproportionate sentence, but the nature of the trial, in which evidence was not admitted, and was subsequently burned prior to testing. The judge, who had never acquitted anyone in over 500 cases, refused all Corby's pleas for evidence to be seized and examined.

The Artists for Schapelle initiative is a relatively new development, but has quickly caught the imagination of a number of acclaimed musicians. Artists from North America, Europe and Australia are now supporting the movement via their music, a trend that is rapidly growing.

Emily Clarke of Artists for Schapelle explained: "In a matter of a few weeks some incredible new songs have been contributed. We have Tara Hack's Dylanesque confrontation with Kevin Rudd, Australia's Prime minister. We have Holly Wilson's absolutely beautiful cry from the soul. And now we have a staggering classic rock anthem from established band Sex in the Desert.

It is clear that something important is happening. As has happened so often in the past, music is reacting to injustice and suffering, and refusing to walk away from it."

This development was further emphasized when the website was first uploaded last week. News of its launch spread quickly, and the buzz was such that it became the most popular topic discussed on Twitter, worldwide.

Ms Clarke continued "Schapelle is a victim of foul international politics, and I think that most people understand that if she had been the daughter of a politician, or someone in the establishment, she would have been freed years ago. But music doesn't bear such prejudices: it sees an innocent woman being crushed and is trying to speak for her. It has both the compassion and integrity lacking elsewhere."

Music critic Jan Felding told us: "Some of these tracks are genuine classics, but are currently unknown classics. Already worldwide internet hits, they are destined for mainstream public appreciation. What is happening at Artist for Schapelle is extremely interesting, as it seems to be the start of a global music driven movement. I can certainly see more and more established artists contributing and offering their support."

Artists for Schapelle:

The new Artists for Schapelle web portal has just been launched. Videos of all the songs can be viewed, and the MP3s can be downloaded free of charge, from: http://www.artistsforschapelle.com

New Artists:

The Artists for Schapelle platform is open to all genres from every nation. Artists and musicians willing to contribute or help are asked to contact Artists for Schapelle via the website.

Contact:

Sara Hollins
Artists for Schapelle
07969233199
http://www.artistsforschapelle.com

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