The Coldplay frontman will now curate festivals for Global Citizen, an organisation that aims to solve extreme poverty by 2013.
After his days as the frontman of Coldplay are over, it seems Chris Martin wants to focus his attention on helping global issues. As the release of the British band's expected final studio album, 'A Head Full of Dreams,' approaches, the 37-year-old frontman recently announced he is now the curator of the Global Citizen Festival, for the next 15 years.
Martin will be the curator for Global Citizen festivals for the next 15 years
Music's biggest names should expect to get a call from Martin in the near future as he will be tasked with setting up festivals around the world for Global Citizen, which is a non-profit organisation that aims to solve extreme poverty by the year 2030. Martin's 15-year commitment also runs parallel with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a "to-do list" to end global poverty in the same year.
"I always felt that as musicians we show up for a day and we really believe what we are talking about but then the next day we have our own concerns as do all of you," the singer told reporters at an intimate lunch in Tribeca when announcing his new gig, via AP. "So it just felt like if the United Nations is signing up for something for 15 years then we should too."
Since September 2012 Global Citizen has held a yearly concert in New York's Central Park, but now the organisation wants to expand to other cities around the world. Another show on the mall of Washington is already scheduled for April. But Martin is adamant that Coldplay will not be playing at any of these events.
"No, God no - I don't want to upset everyone in the world," he joked.
"I mean, sometimes our group will play if nobody else says yes but my hope is that we don't have to play at all," he added. "My strength is just call on my friends and to ahead of time work out who is going to get the most people listening in Ethiopia, or which German pop star will sound most convincing talking about poverty."