GPP Announces Global Citizen Tickets Initiative
Thu, 09 May 2013 11:13:34
The Global Poverty Project (GPP) announced the Global Citizen Tickets Initiative, a new program designed to incentivize social activism with concert tickets. Social causes + live music? That's an equation we love.
Here's how it works:
Music fans can take a variety of social actions ranging from signing petitions to calling their representatives, to earn points they can use to win free tickets to concerts. Supported by an incredible, genre-breaking group of artists and a renowned committee of music industry luminaries, the avant-garde effort will engage thousands to take actions and amplify the issues related to extreme poverty, including: polio, malaria, women's empowerment, education, and more.
Watch the video below to learn how it works, as well:
Global Citizen is an innovative online platform and mobile application. To participate, music fans and activists alike can register at globalcitizen.org/tickets, where they can earn points for each action they take, from sharing a video on Facebook to signing a petition, which they can use to win free concert tickets.
The Global Citizen Tickets Initiative was the brainchild of Pearl Jam Manager, Kelly Curtis and The Global Poverty Project CEO, Hugh Evans. Kelly Curtis commented, "I've always been intrigued by smart ideas that can be scaled in a big way to make it simple and rewarding for people to do good work in the world. The Global Citizen Tickets Initiative is exactly that."
"Pearl Jam is very grateful to be part of such an innovative and generous group of artists and music business leaders participating in this project. We are particularly thankful to our manager Kelly Curtis for spearheading this thoughtful strategy. It reflects the DNA of our band and business, and expands it to respond to some of the greatest inequities and challenges facing humanity," said Stone Gossard, of Pearl Jam.
The Global Citizen Tickets Initiative builds on the success and momentum of The Global Poverty Project's highly acclaimed Global Citizen Festival in New York's Central Park in 2012, featuring Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses and K'NAAN. 60,000 people earned tickets to that show by participating in specific activism such as signing petitions and sharing information using the same digital platform and technology that will be employed for this new Initiative.
A historic committee of music industry leaders – including managers, agents, promoters, and artists – came together to make the Global Citizen Tickets Initiative a reality. Their goal was to help create a system that leveled the playing field for access to tickets to live entertainment, making it possible to earn points by doing good works for a chance to win tickets as an alternative to purchasing them.
To date, participating artists and festivals, include: Artists: Alabama Shakes, Angelique Kidjo, Animal Collective, Beirut, Beyoncé, Black Sabbath, Brandi Carlile, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Bruce Springsteen, Bruno Mars, CANT, Chvrches, Crystal Castles, Depeche Mode, Dierks Bentley, Dixie Chicks, Drive by Truckers, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Fareoh, Fleet Foxes, Foo Fighters, Gotye, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Grizzly Bear, Heart, Jay-Z, JBM, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Joe Satriani, John Mayer, Kaiser Chiefs, Kanye West, Ke$ha, Kings of Leon, Linkin Park, Los Lobos, Menomena, Michael Franti & Spearhead, My Morning Jacket, Neil Young, No Doubt, One Direction, Ozomatli, Ozzy Osbourne, Pearl Jam, Portugal. The Man, Rihanna, Slightly Stoopid, Sondre Lerche, Soundgarden, Taj Mahal, The Temper Trap, The Disco Biscuits, The Joy Formidable, The Last Bison, The String Cheese Incident, The Vaccines, The War on Drugs, Tim McGraw, Tony Bennett, Usher Raymond IV, Vusi Mahlasela; Festivals: Austin City Limits Music Festival,Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Sasquatch! Music Festival, Stagecoach, and the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.
A full list of participating artists and festivals can be found at globalcitizen.org.
It's a brilliant and easy way to enact some social change, while keeping yourself entertained.
Did you check it out and register? No time like the present!