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There’s a new way to see your favorite artists without spending a dime (no, not by sneaking in the back door)! The Global Citizen Tickets Initiative, an organization dedicated to the end of extreme poverty, allows concertgoers to win tickets through social activism. Huge acts like Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, My Morning Jacket, Neil Young, Fleet Foxes, Brandi Carlile, and many more have joined the Initiative and put a pair tickets for each of their shows up for grabs.
Here’s how it works: fans can gain ‘points’ through a variety of methods. These methods can range from sharing a Facebook video to raising money for a participating charity to signing a petition. Different point values are dished out depending on the social activity. When a fan gains points they are able to enter them in lotteries for the prize of tickets, all through the Global Citizen website. The tickets, from the artists own stash, are always prime seating. The Global Citizen Ticket Initiative provides the incentive of concert tickets to gain support for their causes.
The idea was fostered by Kelly Curtis, Pearl Jam’s manager, and Hugh Evans, chief executive of the Global Poverty Project. Evans was also the organizer of 2006’s Make Poverty History concerts in Melbourne, Australia (Rolling Stone). The two began planning the Global Citizen Tickets Initiative during last year’s Global Citizen Festival in New York City last year– an event that raised $1.3 billion. It’s a great way to see your favorite artists, and a great way to support an upstanding cause.