The High Note Global Initiative celebrates artists that fuse music with human rights to promote social justice through their music, which like human rights, has no borders. Musicians hold a special place in society, as they have the ability to speak truth to power and inspire people to action. From education to extreme poverty, gender identity to racism, sexism to ageism, and environmental to personal health, musicians have been at the vanguard of the fight for human rights around the world.
At the center of the initiative is the creation of a unique global award that recognizes musicians who promote human rights with their music and activism. Every year at an all-star High Note Honors Concert, The High Note Global Initiative will celebrate an iconic artist who has promoted social justice for over a decade and present that artist with The High Note Global Prize. Since this unique global award is supported by United Nations Human Rights, and renowned music organizations that include The GRAMMY Museum and Rolling Stone, it has been referred to as “The Nobel Prize in Music.”
The Global Partner of The High Note Global Initiative is United Nations Human Rights, which represents the world’s commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. United Nations Human Rights has a unique mandate from the international community to promote and protect human rights for all, everywhere.
“We are proud to support The High Note Global Initiative and The High Note Global Prize in an effort to galvanize global awareness of the importance of human rights, and at the same time honor artists who passionately use their work to promote and protect the rights of others.” – UN Human Rights
The 2019 High Note Global Prize was presented to Cyndi Lauper by Kesha, and a representative of UN Human Rights during The High Note Honors segment of Cyndi Lauper & Friends, a benefit concert headlined by Lauper to raise awareness and funds for the LGBTQ community. The concert took place at the Novo Theater at LA Live on December 10th – UN Human Rights Day, a day supported by the 193 Member States of the United Nations.
In addition to Kesha, additional celebrities supporting Lauper at the Novo Theater included: Billy Porter, Brandi Carlile, Belinda Carlisle, King Princess, Charlie Musselwhite, Henry Rollins, Perry Farrell with Etty Lau Farrell, Justin Tranter, K. Flay, Emily Estefan, Shawn Wasabi, comics Carol Leifer and Lily Tomlin, U.K. comedian Gina Yashere, Margaret Cho, and Carson Kressley.
Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Dua Lipa, Kacey Musgraves, RuPaul, and Tegan and Sara are among the artists who have donated items and experiences for a charity auction with 100% proceeds supporting True Colors United.
Throughout her career, Cyndi Lauper has been a LGBTQ rights supporter and advocate, tirelessly campaigning for equality through various charities and events around the world.
In 2008, Lauper co-founded True Colors United after learning that while 10% of American youth identify themselves as LGBTQ, up to 40% of American youth experiencing homelessness do so. The organization works to prevent and end youth homelessness, focusing on the unique experiences of LGBTQ youth.
The High Note Global Initiative created by David Clark Cause is also supported by Partners, including the GRAMMY Museum® and Rolling Stone. The GRAMMY Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music; the creative process; the art and technology of the recording process; and the history of the GRAMMY Awards, the premier recognition of recorded music accomplishment. Rolling Stone Magazine was created over 50 years ago to profile artists who use their music to promote social change.