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DemROCKracy Band Competition rewards leading band with Gibson Guitar

For Immediate Release: July 15, 2008

Washington, DC - July 17, 2008

Today the DemROCKracy band competition is awarding Jackie Venson (http://www.myspace.com/jackievenson) of Austin, TX a SG Special Guitar for generating the most voter registrations in the competition thus far. 

The competition is encouraging bands with a MySpace page to reach out to their fans by asking them to register to vote.  The band that registers the most voters through Rock the Vote's voter registration tool on MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/rockthevote) will win prizes including Gibson guitars and the chance to perform on a major concert stage.

Jackie is an 18-year-old high school senior who will vote in her first election this fall.  "I think it's really great that a competition has finally rolled around where we can get a prize for doing something that actually matters, Jackie said"  "I am participating because of course I want to have that opportunity to perform, but also because this election will decide what problems and privileges my generation will have to deal with and I want my generation to be a part of that decision."

Halfway through the competition we have over 3,000 bands signed up so far and thousands of new registered voters.  The competition ends on August 14 giving newcomers plenty of time to make an impact and become a contender.

To register for the competition and have the chance to increase youth's involvement in the upcoming election visit www.myspace.com/rockthevote.

About Rock the Vote

Rock the Vote is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that does not endorse candidates or political parties.  Our mission is to engage and build the political power of young people in order to achieve progressive change in our country. Rock the Vote uses music, popular culture and new technologies to engage and incite young people to register and vote in every election. And we give young people the tools to identify, learn about, and take action on the issues that affect their lives, and leverage their power in the political process. Rock the Vote is creative, effective, and controlled by nobody's agenda but our own - we tell it like it is and pride ourselves on being a trusted source for information on politics. We empower the 45 million young people in America who want to step up, claim their voice in the political process, and change the way politics is done. www.RockTheVote.com.

About MySpace

MySpace, a unit of Fox Interactive Media Inc., is the premier lifestyle portal for connecting with friends, discovering popular culture, and making a positive impact on the world. MySpace has created a connected global community by integrating web profiles, blogs, instant messaging, e-mail, music streaming, music videos, photo galleries, classified listings, events, groups, college communities, and member forums. MySpace's international network includes more than 20 localized community sites in the United States, Brazil, Canada, Latin America, Mexico, Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, India, Japan, and New Zealand. Fox Interactive Media is a division of News Corp. (NYSE:NWS - News, NWS.A - News; ASX:NWS - News, NWSLV - News).

(*) Among the top 2000 domains comScore Media Metrix, May 2008. For more information on comScore Networks, please go to http://www.comscore.com.

About Gibson

Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. Gibson's HD.6X-PRO Digital Guitar and the Gibson Robot Guitar represent the biggest advances in electric guitar design in over 70 years. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and headquartered in Nashville since 1984, Gibson Guitar Corp.'s family of brands now includes Epiphone, Dobro, Maestro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Valley Arts, Oberheim, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, Baldwin, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, and Wurlitzer. Visit Gibson's website at www.gibson.com or www.gibson.com/press.