Paul Simon, Tom Morello, Jon Batiste, Cecily Strong, and more at Global Citizen: The World on Stage // 9.22

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"Paul Simon, Tom Morello, Jon Batiste, Cecily Strong, and more at Global Citizen: The World on Stage // 9.22"


Tom Morello (Prophets of Rage) and Jon Batiste (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) will curate musical performances for Global Citizen: The World on Stage, an evening bringing renowned artists, world leaders, and influencers together as they address the world’s greatest challenges and make major policy commitments towards ending extreme poverty. The evening of advocacy and impact will take place at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, September 22.

The event will feature performances by Tom Morello, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Regina Spektor, Aloe Blacc & Maya Jupiter, Moxie Raia, and The Kenyan Boys Choir.

Speakers will include Cecily Strong, Forest Whitaker, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, The Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Nigerian Minister of Environment Amina Mohammed, and Yazidi human rights campaigner Nadia Murad.

Paul Simon will present the inaugural George Harrison Global Citizen Award to the late George Harrison posthumously, in honor of his decades of tireless advocacy on behalf of the world’s poor. Harrison’s  widow,Olivia Harrison, and son, Dhani Harrison, will accept the award on his behalf.

Olivia Harrison said of the award, “When George rallied the music community to respond to a humanitarian crisis, he set an example that artists of all forms of expression have followed to this day. By using his individual talent in an attempt to help others, his legacy mirrors the goals and mission of the Global Citizen movement. We are extremely proud to receive this inaugural award in George’s memory.”

Global Citizen: The World on Stage will highlight the impact achieved by millions of Global Citizens campaigning for world leaders to enact policy changes and commit significant resources to issues of girls and women’s equality, education, health, water and sanitation, environment, finance and innovation, and food and hunger. Preceding the 2016 Global Citizen Festival, the event will provide an additional, global platform for world leaders, international organizations, and private companies to announce vital commitments set to improve the lives of millions of people around the world.

Tom Morello said, “It’s an honor to be a part of the historic World on Stage event. Music has been, and will continue to be, an important component of the struggle for a more peaceful, just and humane planet. No one knew this better than the great George Harrison.”

Forest Whitaker said, “Global Citizen is powered by the idea that every woman and man can play a part in reducing poverty and making life better for our fellow citizens around the world. We all can make a difference, and I’m honored to join forces with this incredible organization to help catalyze action for widespread social change.”

Global Citizen: The World on Stage is presented thanks to the generous support from The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU Tisch and the 2016 Global Citizen Festival Partners including presenting partner GUCCI and CHIME FOR CHANGE; premier media partners MSNBC & Comcast NBCUniversal; major partners Live Nation, Caterpillar, Johnson & Johnson, Google’s Made with Code, YouTube, Citi, Clear Channel Outdoor, iHeartMedia, Alex and Ani, and NYC Parks; and associate partners Kirkland & Ellis, Doppler Labs and Riot House.

Global Citizens can earn admission to Global Citizen: The World on Stage by joining the social action platform and taking action at



About Global Citizen:

Global Citizen is a social action platform for the global generation who are passionate about learning and taking action on the world’s biggest issues. Global Citizen works in partnership with and supports some of the most effective organizations working to achieve the Global Goals and end extreme poverty. Committed to providing the most interesting stories, effective actions and powerful campaigns, Global Citizen aims to reach and recruit the largest possible number of people who care about global issues.


About the George Harrison Global Citizen Award:

The George Harrison Global Citizen Award is an annual honor to be given to an artist who has demonstrated excellence in music and activism. The inaugural award was awarded to George Harrison for his decades long commitment to philanthropy.


About the NYU Skirball Center

The Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is New York University’s premier venue for the presentation of cultural and performing arts events in lower Manhattan. The programs of the Skirball Center reflect NYU’s mission as an international center of scholarship, defined by excellence and innovation and shaped by an intellectually rich and diverse environment. A vital aspect of the Center’s mission is to inspire new audiences for the future of live performance and promote the discovery of performing arts’ transformative potential.