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10 September 2000 Issue

From Phillip Nawroth, [email protected]

LOS ANGELES -- Sept. 8, 2000 -- The Ark Trust, Inc., a national, non-profit animal-protection organization and presenter of the annual Genesis Awards, is seeking positive animal-related songs for submission in the Doris Day Music Award category.

Each year, The Ark Trust screens applicants for the award which honors outstanding, animal-sensitive musical work. Last year's Doris Day Music Award winner was Kingfish for "Sundown on the Forest", a song dedicated to Julia Butterfly Hill who spent two years in an ancient redwood tree 180-feet above ground in northern California in order to prevent a timber company from cutting it down. After prolonged negotiations and worldwide media attention, she succeeded in protecting the environment and surrounding wildlife.

Past winners of the prestigious award include Sir Paul McCartney ("Looking for Changes"), Megadeth ("Countdown to Extinction"), David Crosby and Graham Nash ("To the Last Whale"), a Grateful Dead music video ("We Can Run"), Michael Jackson for two music videos ("EarthSong" and "Man in the Mirror") and the late John Denver, for his touching song "You Say the Battle Is Over."

In a related musical note, Prince won a Special Achievement Award last year for his liner notes on "Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic" in which he decries the suffering of sheep to produce wool clothing. To the delight of the 1,100 audience members, he accepted the award in person.

The submitted song must be of general interest to the public and present animals in a positive light, or present issues central to animal-protection advocacy. Songs must be aired or released for the first time between Jan. 1, 2000, and Dec. 31, 2000. Songs aired or released prior to December 2000 must be received by Dec. 8, 2000. Songs aired or released in December must be received by Dec. 29.

The Genesis Awards honors outstanding individuals in the major news and entertainment industry who have spotlighted animal issues in their works with courage, creativity and integrity. The Fourteenth Annual Genesis Awards was hosted by Wendie Malick ("Just Shoot Me") and David Hyde Pierce ("Frasier"). An edited version of the gala was aired as a television special on Animal Planet in June, its 10th year on television!

The star-studded, taped-for-television Fifteenth Annual Genesis Awards is scheduled at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Saturday, March 10, 2001.

Submit your Doris Day Music Award entry on CD or tape to:
The Ark Trust
Genesis Awards Submissions
5551 Balboa Blvd.
Encino, CA 91316.

There is no entry fee.
For more information, call (818) 501-2275 or visit The Ark Trust Web site at:
Phillip Nawroth
Public Information Manager
The Ark Trust, Inc.

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