The Global Poverty Project (GPP) will launch Global Citizen Tickets (GCT) Australia with international touring artists Bruce Springsteen and Nine Inch Nails, together with an impressive line up of local artists including Bernard Fanning, John Butler Trio, The Jezabels, The Temper Trap, Gotye, Art Vs Science and Eskimo Joe. All artists have donated tickets to forthcoming Australian concerts.
GCT is an innovative online platform and mobile application that tracks and rewards social activism with concert tickets. The brainchild of Kelly Curtis, the manager of Pearl Jam, GCT was successfully launched with the Global Citizen Festival on September 29, 2012 in New York City’s Central Park.
The Australian music industry has since joined forces with the GPP to bring the campaign to home soil, with the aim to engage a new generation of people to take action in addressing extreme poverty at a global level.
“Music not only has the ability to stir every last emotion inside you; but also has the power to inspire, educate, and stop and make you think about certain issues,” says Danny Rogers, Chair of Global Citizen Tickets Australia, Managing Director of Lunatic Entertainment and co-founder of St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival and And Publishing. “We’re really glad that so many amazing Aussie bands are donating tickets to their shows and raising awareness with their fans about social change.”
By registering at www.globalcitizen.org/tickets-au, music fans can earn and accumulate points for each online action they take – from sharing a video on Facebook, to signing a petition to world leaders, or emailing the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop – which they can use to win two free concert tickets.
“We believe that we can be the generation to end extreme poverty,” says Will Watterson, acting Australian Country Director of the GPP. “GCT brings a refreshing perspective to the anti-poverty movement, and by collaborating with the Australian music industry we can usher in a new generation of people who can take action to help the world’s poor.”
With 1.2 billion people living in extreme poverty, and 57 million children who are still out of primary school, the time is ripe to re-invigorate a movement that uses online activism and calls on our Government to take a stand for the world’s poor. In particular, one of the actions that local music fans will be asked to take as part of the launch is to send an email to Julie Bishop encouraging the Australian Government to make a strong commitment in support of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) – an international initiative made up of nearly 60 developing countries, as well as donor governments, international organisations, the private sector and civil society groups. Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard was recently announced as the new Board Chair of the GPE.Sydney Unleashed is one of Australia’s premier entertainment publications exploring the latest in lifestyle trends. From Sydney’s finest restaurants, cafes and bars to the hottest in gadgets, products, and home entertainment, Sydney Unleashed is your one-stop lifestyle platform.