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Creative Community For Peace, A Year in Review

A Year in Review - 2013
 

 

Creative Community For Peace (CCFP) believes that music and the arts can help build bridges and hopefully lead toward greater understanding among people across the globe. We encourage artists to visit Israel and see for themselves the country’s thriving democracy, rich culture, vibrant debate and profound desire for peace.

THE CULTURAL BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL
There are over 400 groups in the United States alone attempting to use the influence of artists and pop icons as a powerful tool to spread misinformation about Israel and politicize the arts. Nearly every one of the talented artists and entertainers who wish to perform in Israel each year face pressure to cancel through social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as open letters and online petitions.

 

THE SOLUTION

Creative Community For Peace, which brings together prominent members of the entertainment industry, is the only organization dedicated to countering the misinformation spread by the cultural boycott activists. Its members work behind the scenes to prevent cancellations of performances by artists in Israel and galvanize artists’ fans to raise their voices in support of playing in Israel.

 

A GROWING MOVEMENT

With your support, CCFP will continue to promote an accurate image of Israel and champion freedom of expression.
 

 

 

CCFP TAKING ACTION

Since our inception, we have tracked hundreds of artists upcoming tours to Israel and the efforts of boycott activists to pressure them to cancel. Our staff and board members have reached out to over 700 of their agents, lawyers and managers with letters and phone calls. We prepared them for the possibility of a boycott campaign and educated them about Israel and the artistic freedom there.


With over 18,000 signatories from across the globe, our Anti-Boycott Petition let’s all artists know that Israel is an open, liberal democracy and that boycott activists do not represent the voice of their fans. Our outreach has raised awareness about this growing issue, arrested potential cancellations, fostered coalitions across the entertainment industry, and given a voice to fans who support.

 

CCFP IN THE MEDIA

Creative Community For Peace was officially launched at the end of October 2011 with a front-page article in the Jerusalem Post , garnering instant publicity as a new pro-peace movement. As the leader in this crucial issue, the commentaries by our prominent advisory board members have been featured in entertainment and international media outlets including BET.com, Hitsdailydouble, and Huffington Post.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Advisory Board— Our international advisory board comprised of high level entertainment executives has grown an astounding 67% in the last year.

  • Professional Network Committee (PNC)The newly founded PNC, with members in the music, television, and film and media industries, is developing connections and outreach throughout the entertainment community.

  • Offices— We’ve expanded our offices and doubled our staff in Los Angeles and Israel. Our team in Jerusalem supports us in all of our efforts and uses its unique position to further our goals on the ground.

  • Facebook— We've inspired a vibrant community of fans on Facebook.

  • Proactive Efforts—We're countering the inaccurate portrayal of Israel to artists with positive social media campaigns.

  • Website—Our website is the go-to source for educational information pertaining to the cultural boycott of Israel, up-to-date current events from news outlets, and regular postings of articles, videos, photos and quotes from artists who have been to Israel and speak glowingly of their experiences there.

  • Relationships—We're uniting like-minded pro-peace organizations, concert promoters, record labels, music publishers, key industry executives, managers, agents and entertainment attorneys.

  • Take down notices— Boycott activists violate copyright laws by using an artist's original music to manipulate perceptions about Israel and to pressure them into cancelling their performances. CCFP successfully removed theses videos, including ones for Depeche Mode and Alicia Keys, from Youtube for copyright infringement.

 

Naturally, challenges remain. The cultural boycott is relentless and doesn't allow the truth to hamper its efforts. It continues to develop new fronts in its efforts to silence art including disrupting Israeli performances abroad, online harassment of artists scheduled to perform or visit Israel and creating emotionally manipulative videos designed to bias artists and their fans against Israel.

 

Creative Community For Peace is the only group that brings together prominent entertainment executives to counter the cultural boycott and promote an accurate image of the Jewish State. With your support CCFP can continue and expand on its success.

 

 



Your active involvement in our mission is the key to our success. Please support our efforts.
 


 

 

LET THE MUSIC


Our Mission:
We represent a cross section of the creative world--those who create and
help create music, film, and television programs--and their fans.
We may not all share the same politics or the same opinion on the best path
to peace in the Middle East. But we do agree that singling out Israel, the only
democracy in the region, as a target of cultural boycotts while ignoring the
now-recognized human rights issues of her neighbors will not further peace.
 We understand the power that our music, our films, our television shows,
and all arts have. They have the power to build bridges. 
Foster better understanding. Encourage dialogue. And hopefully lead
toward greater mutual acceptance. The world must
be a better place for it.

"Music is a universal language that is meant to unify audiences in peace and love, and that is the spirit of our show."
-Alicia Keys, singer and musician
"It was really an amazing, amazing experience [Israel]. Something that I would never forget"
-Rihanna, singer and artist
"Israel doesn't have a lot of natural resources. Its real resource is its people and their creativity, and that has inspired me." 
-Ashton Kutcher, actor 
"CCFP is the only organization that is educating industry executives about this unjust politicization of art and inspiring them to take action."
-Jody GersonCo-President of Sony/ATV Music Publishing
CCFP Advisory Board Member
"No artist should boycott Israel. Politics and music have nothing to do with each other."
-Jose Feliciano, singer
and guitarist
"I think entertainers should entertain. They should go wherever, there shouldn't be any restrictions. That's why I went there [Israel]." 
-Tom Jones, singer
"I'm so overwhelmed with gratitude to be here. I've wanted to come for years."
-Paula Abdul, artist and tv personality
“We believe in the power of music and culture to build bridges across communities.”
-Ben Silverman, Founder and CEO of Electus & CCFP Advisory Board Member
 
How Can You Help?!
 
1. Sign and circulate our        
2. 'Like' us on Facebook

3. Help support CCFP’s efforts to launch a far-reaching PR campaign.
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www.creativecommunityforpeace.com
Our mailing address is:
Lana Melman, Director
P.O. Box 34122
Los Angeles, California 90034