Beyoncé Is Kicking Off an Awesome New Cause in an Ideal Way: With a Free Concert

She'll be performing at this year's Global Citizen Festival—along with Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, and Pearl Jam—on September 26.
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This is not a drill: Beyoncé is performing at this year's Global Citizen Festival, which takes place September 26 in New York City's Central Park. Naturally, we will be first in line.

The event is part of Global Citizen's effort to end worldwide poverty by 2030. This year, Chime for Change, a campaign founded by Gucci, Beyoncé, and Salma Hayek Pinault, is partnering with Global Citizen to raise awareness specifically for girls and women. Because, lest you'd forgotten, Beyoncé is our queen.

"Chime for Change will be bringing hundreds of initiatives dedicated to education, health, and justice for girls and women everywhere," she says in the announcement below.

Tickets to the Global Citizen Festival—which will also include performances by Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, and Pearl Jam—are free, with admission selectively granted to those who participate in campaign efforts listed on globalcitizenfestival.com.

One immediate action you can take? Call the U.S. Treasury and urge Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to "make real, ambitious commitments to help end extreme poverty at the Third Conference on Financing for Development, in Addis Ababa on July 13, 2015."

In case, for some crazy reason, you need *more* incentive to check out Beyoncé's new cause, here's this video of her making a surprise appearance at last year's festival, headlined by her husband, Jay Z. They performed "Holy Grail" and "Forever Young," and it was, of course, spectacular.

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