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"HEARTBEAT" Israeli and Palestinian Youth Musicians To Perform at U.S. Department of State

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 5, 2013


Musical group and interfaith nonprofit organization HEARTBEAT will perform and participate in a Q&A at the U.S. Department of State on Friday, November 8, at 1:00 pm in the George C. Marshall Center Auditorium. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will host the Jerusalem-based organization which unites Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians through music. HEARTBEAT founder Aaron Shneyer is a Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship alumnus who continues to lead the organization after his Fulbright grant ended in 2008.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. The public-private partnership between Fulbright and mtvU, MTV’s 24-hour college network, provides unique opportunities for students and scholars to participate in the Fulbright Program.

HEARTBEAT’s goal is to build trust between Israeli and Palestinian youth through the power of music. The young musicians accomplish their “sustained music-based dialogue” through a blend of hip hop, jazz, folk, and rock. Songs are in Arabic, English, French, and Hebrew accompanied by traditional and modern instruments. Their EP, which features three songs, is available for free download.

  • Press are invited to interview HEARTBEAT’s founder Aaron Shneyer and select band members from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, by RSVP only. Register with
  • The concert, from approximately 1:00-2:00 pm, will be open to the press.
  • Final access time for press: 12:45 pm from the 21st Street entrance.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

For further information, please contact Josue Barrera,, (202) 632-6454.

PRN: 2013/1348

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