SM Entertainment and Lee Soo Man will host a global citizen’s concert in 2020 to fight poverty around the world.
Lee Soo Man attended the most recent meeting of the Global Citizens, a group that brings awareness to social poverty. The group is created by the Global Poverty Project, which brings together leaders, government, and philanthropists from 193 United Nations member nations, and hopes to address issues like climate change and poverty.
The group has raised over ₩10 trillion KRW ($8,319,200,000 USD) between 2011-2017, and raised another ₩4 trillion KRW ($3,327,680,000 USD) in 2018 alone.
At the meeting, Lee Soo Man announced SM Entertainment will be hosting the largest charity performance by the Global Citizens, called 2020 Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream. Concerts will be held simultaneously on 5 continents: North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The North America concert will be held in New York, United States and the Africa concert will be held in Lagos, Nigeria. The remaining venues will be confirmed at a later date. The concerts will be broadcast for a total of 10 hours.
The list of headliners was also revealed in advance, and includes EXO, Coldplay, Metallica, Muse, Usher, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alicia Keys, Billie Eilish, and Pharrell Williams. The full list of artists participating in each continent’s concert will be revealed at a later date.
Lee Soo Man also attended the launch event of 2020 Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream along with other heavyweights in the entertainment industry such as Coldplay, Hugh Jackman, Alicia Keys, Usher, and Pharrell Williams.
Finally, he commented on the honor that it is to be able to take part in such a prestigious event.
On behalf of the continent of Asia, I am proud to be able to partner with the Global Citizens to address problems such as poverty and climate change in the world that we live in.
When I started SM Entertainment 25 years ago, my goal was to create a K-Pop artist that can inspire and bring together young people around the world. And right now, K-Pop is delivering hope and inspiration to people around the world. SM Entertainment and I are trying to inspire young people in the wider corners of the world.
With our artists and special platform to represent Asia, we believe we can help achieve the goals of Global Citizens.
— Lee Soo Man