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THE SOUND OF CHANGE LIVE and raises $4.3 million in ticket sales
to support girls’ and women’s empowerment

THE SOUND OF CHANGE LIVE gathered together some of the world’s most talented artists and renowned activists to raise funds and awareness for girls’ and women’s empowerment.
The four-hour concert event, attended by more than 50,000 people, was presented by CHIME FOR CHANGE, founded by Gucci, which campaigns for improved Education, Health and Justice for women and girls worldwide. CHIME FOR CHANGE co-founders Frida Giannini and Salma Hayek Pinault introduced fellow co-founder Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, who performed a special 45-minute set at the climax of the show. 
The concert event raised $4.3 million in ticket sales alone, which will fund approximately 200 projects in 70 countries around the world through CHIME FOR CHANGE partner Catapult, the first crowd-funding platform solely dedicated to advancing the lives of girls.  Gucci underwrote the concert event so that each ticket buyer could donate the value of their ticket (less VAT and service fees) to a nonprofit organization of their choice.  Viewers from around the world can also donate online at and through a mobile text-to-give campaign to fund additional projects. The first artist of the night was surprise guest, Jessie J, who started the evening off with a performance of her hit single ‘Price Tag’. 
Some of the greatest names in music joined forces for other surprise collaborations, including Mary J Blige, who took the stage with Jennifer Lopez to perform ‘Come Together,’ and Simon Le Bon who performed for the first time live with Timbaland, entertaining the crowd with a remix of Duran Duran’s hit ‘Reflex.’ Throughout the night, the CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign was championed by powerful performances from Rita Ora, who took to the stage with ‘Hot Right Now’ and Iggy Azalea who got the crowd going with her tracks ‘Work’ and ‘Bounce.’ Florence the Machine performed a selection of their most famous numbers including the uplifting ‘You’ve Got The Love,’ followed by John Legend who sang the classic ‘Bridge Over Trouble Water.’ Ryan Reynolds and Zoe Saldana teamed up to introduce the three sisters of the band HAIM.
The evening also included amazing performances from Ellie Goulding who brought the audience to their feet with ‘Anything Could Happen’ and Italian star Laura Pausini who moved the audience with her stunning vocals.

The final performance of the night was co-founder of CHIME FOR CHANGE and Artistic Director of THE SOUND OF CHANGE LIVE, Beyoncé. Introduced by her co-founders, Frida Giannini and Salma Hayek Pinault, the world famous artist performed a 45 minute set, including special versions of ‘Who Run The World’, ‘Single Ladies,’ ’If I Were a Boy’ and ‘Halo’, as well as a cover of Destiny’s Child classic ‘Survivor’ plus a duet with her husband, JAY Z.
Many other international artists and activists appeared on stage throughout the four hour show to demonstrate their support of CHIME FOR CHANGE and their commitment to girls and women:  Prince Harry opened the show with a video welcome; James Franco joined fellow actor Jessica Chastain; Blake Lively introduced Florence Welch; Freida Pinto; Jada Pinkett Smith; Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee, Mpho Tutu with a special recorded message of support from Archbishob Demsond Tutu; and Gloria Steinem. The final performance of the night was co-founder of CHIME FOR CHANGE and Artistic Director of THE SOUND OF CHANGE LIVE, Beyoncé.
In addition to the musical performances, a program of powerful short films was broadcast to the audience, highlighting inspirational stories of girls and women from around the world. Madonna appeared on stage to introduce one of the films – HUMAIRA: THE DREAM CATCHER’, directed by Emmy and Oscar® winning documentary filmmaker, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy.
The film chronicles the life of a young woman, Humaira Bachal, who is fighting to educate girls in her community in Pakistan. In an emotional moment, Humaira took the stage while Madonna announced that she would complete the funding for the school Humaira is building in Pakistan, if the CHIME FOR CHANGE community helped to lay the foundation via Catapult.
The full line-up of artists and performers at THE SOUND OF CHANGE LIVE includes:

Aishwarya Rai * Abhishek Bachchan * Archbishop Desmond Tutu * Beyoncé * Blake Lively * Ellie Goulding * Florence the Machine * Freida Pinto * Frida Giannini * Gloria Steinem * HAIM * Humaira Bachal * Iggy Azalea * Jada Pinkett Smith * James Franco * Jay Z * Jennifer Lopez * Jessica Chastain *John Legend * Laura Pausini * Leymah Gbowee * Madonna * Mary J Blige * Mpho Tutu * Rita Ora * Ryan Reynolds * Salma Hayek Pinault * Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy * Simon Le Bon * Timbaland * Zoe Saldana *

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