Pop group Silbermond, hip hoppers Seeed, rock band Sportfreunde Stiller and veterans Die Toten Hosen are among the 18 German artists who have contributed songs to a CD project aimed at drawing youths away from extreme right-wing politics.

The songs appear on a free CD entitled "Starke Stimmen Gegen Rechts" ("Strong Voices Against the Right"), which teachers can order through the German Music Industry Association in Berlin.

The artists have waved royalties to take part in the initiative.

Warner Music has coordinated the project, along with online magazine Blick Nach Rechts, citizens action group Verein Gesicht Zeigen Für ein Weltoffenes Deutschland (Show Your Face For a World-open Germany), Internet portal Mut Gegen Rechte Gewalt (Courage Against Right Violence) and the Jewish Museum in Berlin.

German federal foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Dieter Gorny, chairman of the Music Industry Association, unveiled the project at a presentation Tuesday in Berlin.

"Young people need role models such as musicians to ensure that they are not exposed to extreme political views without any alternatives", said Gorny. "With this CD, we are actively expressing our opposition to attempts by the NPD and other right-wing extremists to use music to brainwash children and young people with their ideologies and their contempt for other people."

A Warner Music spokesman notes, "The songs on the CD are as varied and multifaceted as the fans who will be listening to them. They represent a whole gamut of different cultures and are an unmistakable statement opposing all forms of right-wing violence and a clear commitment to lively and courageous tolerance."