The Global Citizen Music Festival is part of the Global Citizen project which aims to bring an end to world poverty by 2030. This years festival includes performances from Coldplay, Pearl Jam, Beyonce, and Ed Sheeran. A number of celebrities are also expected at tonight’s event, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Stephen Colbert, Kerry Washington, Katie Holmes, Hugh Jackman and Selma Hayak.
The first Global Citizen Festival took place on September 29, 2012 in New York City’s Central Park, where 60,000 people joined musicians including Neil Young, Foo Fighters and The Black Keys, along with celebrities, leading NGO partners, dignitaries and philanthropists to lend their voice in the fight to end extreme poverty. This festival was the first live entertainment event that could be accessed solely through points earned by activist work on behalf of Global Citizen partner charities and made history as the largest syndicated music charity webcast and broadcast. During the Festival, supporting non-profit partners announced a total of $1,314,700,000 in commitments that will support crucial anti-poverty initiatives.