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MSNBC joins JAY Z, No Doubt, others for Global Citizen Festival

Global Citizen aims to achieve a world without extreme poverty by 2030 with its third annual festival--a free, ticketed concert in New York on September 27.

It's a free concert for a great cause. 

MSNBC and NBC News are joining JAY Z, Hugh Jackman, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun., The Roots, Tiësto, and other celebrities and world leaders for the Global Citizen Festival. The goal: End extreme poverty by 2030. 

The Global Poverty Project will host the concert in New York City’s Central Park. For the first time ever, the festival will air live on MSNBC and on September 27th at 3pm ET. NBC News will also broadcast a one-hour prime-time special from the event. 

"Thousands of global citizens will gather together to convince world leaders to end extreme poverty by the year 2030," Jackman said Wednesday on Morning Joe. "This is going to be the biggest year by far, and we're so excited that NBC and MSNBC will be our partners." 

Want to go? The Global Poverty Project is giving out 45,000 free tickets to those who take actions to improve the lives of more than 50 million people via vaccines, education, sanitation, and more.

In the effort's previous two years, actions taken by concertgoers resulted in $1.3 billion in new funding and 35 commitments from world leaders to benefit the poor. 

"Change only takes place when and where there is action," JAY Z said. "I’m joining the 2014 Global Citizen Festival because I believe through actions, whether it be by raising awareness, getting involved, or educating ourselves, the goal to end extreme poverty by 2030 is possible."