Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Queen, Alicia Keys, Pharrell Sign Up for Global Citizen, the Foundation that Spends Its Money on Salaries and Producing Rock Shows


Global Citizen is back for another concert in Central Park this September.

This is the 501 c3 foundation that spends more money on salaries and rock shows than it does on giving food to the hungry. In fact, they give no food to the hungry. Or money.

But they do spend millions on themselves.

This year their big acts are Queen with Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, and Pharrell.  This year they’ve also got OneRepublic, H.E.R. and Carole King. (I thought Carole was smarter than this.)

For the second year in a row, Global Citizen is not advertising their goodwill ambassador, Chris Martin of Coldplay. Last year he showed up briefly but didn’t perform. This year, again, he isn’t mentioned. Maybe he’s wised up.

Global Citizen is very slow to file their tax returns so right now their last available is from 2015-16. You can read all about them here.

More to come soon.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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